|Herbal help for menopause symptoms
Millions of women around the world suffer from the often debilitating
symptoms of menopause. They experience hot flashes, feel tired and lethargic
and some may put on weight. These are typical menopause symptoms affecting
almost every woman.
What is menopause ?
Menopause is also known as "change of life". it is a stage in which women
are no longer able to menstruate and have children.
Menopause is not a disease but a biological process in which a woman
stops menstruating. Unfortunately, these changes can be worse than simple
mood swings and menstrual cramps during menses.
Most women may have to endure emotional and physical disturbances such as
mood swings, anxiety, depression, hot flashes, night sweats, dry skin,
vaginal change, libido and sleeping disturbances.
During menopause, oestrogen and progesterone levels drop and fluctuate,
and eventually stabilise at very low levels which result in the symptoms
In the beginning, a woman's menstruation can have a different pattern
before it completely stops. Besides that, their emotions become unstable and
they may also experience hot flushes.
Menopause symptoms in women may start as early as in their 40s. It is
known as peri-menopause which may last for several years. Menopause is only
confirmed when a woman's menses is absent for 12 consecutive months. it
marks the permanent end of fertility.
This sparks off feelings of ageing, loss of beauty and loss of
"womanhood". Often, women may also experience weight gain, water retention,
urinary incontinence and become more vulnerable to osteoporosis and heart
disease due to lower oestrogen and progesterone levels.
Husbands should show patience and support to help their wives go
through this crucial stage in her life. Having a caring and supportive
husband to help her through that rough patch can help to strengthen the bond
between husband and wife.
An all-herbal day-and-night formula helps the menopause sufferer deal
with the symptoms better. Phytotherapy has been a natural method to ease
menopause symptoms for centuries.
Phytotherapy is a natural approach that uses plants with medicinal
properties to restore hormonal imbalance and maintain a woman's well-being.
There are several proven herbs which have been successfully used to
relieve menopause symptoms such as Black Cohosh, Chaste Tree, Wild Yam and
Dong Quai. The herbs are a good source of phyto-oestrogen. The word
phyto-oestrogen literally means "plant oestrogen".
However, phyto-oestrogen is not an oestrogen. It is different from our
body's own oestrogen or hormone replacement drugs.
Instead, it is an oestrogen-like substance found in some plants that
structurally resemble the body's native oestrogen. this allows
phyto-oestrogens to weakly bind to an oestrogen receptor, potentially
blocking excess oestrogen. When oestrogen is low, it quiets the system's
need for it.