|Black cohosh to alleviate menopausal
Question : MY mother is suffering from
a collection of symptoms like
hot flushes, sleep disturbance and
mood swings. She also complains
that she is having irregular periods.
Is she suffering from menopausal
Answer : MENOPAUSE is a natural part of
ageing and happens when the
ovaries stop making sex hormones
called oestrogen and progesterone.
The declining levels of oestrogen and
progesterone lead to the end of monthly
Lack of these hormones has been
associated with uncomfortable and
disrupting symptoms in 75 per cent
of women. However, the severity and
frequency of symptoms vary from one
woman to another. The most common
symptoms are hot flashes, which can be characterised as sudden intense waves
of heat and sweating, irregular periods,
urinary tract infections, inflammation of
the vagina, sleep disturbances and mood
What she eats can have an impact
on the severity and frequency of
menopausal symptoms. There is growing
evidence that supplementing the diet
with black cohosh, red clover and soy
that contain phytoestrogens may help
relieve some symptoms of menopause.
Black cohosh is an effective and
proven herb for treating menopausal
symptoms due to the reduced oestrogen
and progesterone production such as hot
flashes, night sweat, mood swings and
Numerous clinical trials have shown
that phytoestrogens in red clover and
soy significantly reduce hot flashes and
night sweats. Dong guai has gained the
credibility in the west as the herb for
menopausal relief too. It helps to restore
balance in woman's reproductive system
by toning the uterus. It helps nourish the
blood and stimulate healthy circulation.
The Germany Commission E has
approved the use of sage for digestive
disorder associated with menopause,
hot flashes and excessive sweat. Sage
contains mild phytoestrogens that are a
safe influence on the level of oestrogen
in the body.
While menopausal women are
undergoing hormonal changes, the diet
should be as free from foods containing
hormones as possible. Hence, organic
meat and eggs would be preferred.
Low refined carbohydrates intake such
as sugar, pastry, desserts, cakes and
noodles is highly recommended.
Soy, nuts, seeds, cruciferous
vegetables, fruits, and deep marine
fish should be incorporated in the diet.
Alcohol and caffeine beverages should
be avoided. Regular exercise and stress
management may improve menopausal