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Black cohosh to alleviate menopausal symptoms

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 symptoms?

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 menstrual periods.

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 changes.

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 sleep disturbances.

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

 
 

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