Question : I AM 46 years old and suffering from headaches,
irritability and hot flashes. I often sweat at night
even when I'm sleeping in an air-conditioned room.
Please advise as this has disrupted my sleep and quality
Answer :YOU may be going through a phase called menopause.
A woman will normally go through menopause
between 45 and 55 as a result of reduced oestrogen and
progesterone production by the ovaries, signalling a gradual
cessation of monthly periods.
Common symptoms of menopause include amenorrhoea
(absence of period), irregularity, hot flushes and cold sweats,
palpitation, forgetfulness, depression, fatigue, irritability,
insomnia, headaches, muscle and bone aches.
There are five herbs that are beneficial for women at this
stage of their lives. They are dong quai, black cohosh, sage,
soy and red clover. Black cohosh and sage are effective herbs
for treating menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and
night sweats. Black cohosh also possesses anti-inflammatory
and anti-spasmodic (relieve menstrual cramps) properties.
Dong quai helps to restore balance in woman's
reproductive system by toning the uterus, nourishing the
blood and stimulating healthy circulation. Of all the legumes,
soy is highest in isoflavones with beneficial health effects
for menopause-related hot flashes, osteoporosis and certain
types of cancers.
Apart from that, B vitamins are very useful for stress/
energy and may help to ease the symptoms of menopause.
Menopause is usually followed by a loss in bone mass
due to hormonal changes. Therefore, women approaching
menopausal age are advised to increase their calcium
intake. Exercising 3.5 hours a week benefits you by relieving
menopausal symptoms and strengthening the bones.