If you’re a woman between the ages of 49 and 55, you may have started to go through what’s often called ‘the change of life,’ otherwise known as menopause. While menopause is a natural state that every women eventually goes through when menstruation ceases permanently, it can come with some discomforts. Common complaints include: hot flashes, sweating, heart palpitations, nervousness, sleeplessness or inner restlessness. Some women also experience exhaustion, lack of motivation, tension in the breasts, water retention, loss of bone density, weight gain, irritability and depression.
Traditional treatment to relieve the complaints of menopause has typically been hormone replacement therapy in the form of patches, pills or injections. With this type of treatment the naturally decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone are kept with artificial hormones, often for years at a time. Unfortunately, hormone replacement therapy has proven to have health risks associated with it, such as: development of gallstones, deep vein thrombosis and breast and uterine cancer.
There are more natural solutions to help you overcome menopausal complaints. A wide variety of healing plants, listed below, have been proven to have a harmonizing effect on the body and psyche thanks to their hormone-like substances.
Black Cohosh: Eases a variety of symptoms, including: migraines, tension in the neck, cramps, hot flashes, sweating, hectic feelings, palpitations, dizziness, urinary incontinence and tightness of the breasts.
St. John’s Wort: This anti-depressive-like herb can help with mood changes.
Gypsywort: If you have a hyperactive thyroid with palpitations, irregular pulse, violent heart activity, fluctuations in mood and vitality, irritability and sensitivity to weather, gypsywort can provide relief.
Yarrow: Can help women who are suffering from bleeding at the onset and during menopause.
Leonurus Cardiaca: Relieves nervous heart pain, tension and stitches in the heart, palpitations, chest tightness and an anxious pulse caused by hormonal changes.
Hop: Hop can alleviate symptoms of unrest, nervousness and difficulty falling asleep and sleeping through the night.
For more information on overcoming menopausal complaints naturally, visit K-W Homeopathic Medicine and Wellness Clinic at www.kwhomeopathicmedicine.com or call 519-603-0505.