The woman’s body is incredibly powerful and scared. It goes through cycles like the moon and several transitions like the earth. Menopause is one of these incredible phases that every woman ultimately visits in her life’s journey that’s both liberating in some ways but also comes with it’s own challenges. Hot flashes, oscillating hormones, varying estrogen levels, anxiety and general discomfort are some symptoms reported by many women who’ve experienced menopause.
While menopause is a natural process that every woman goes through, the time and duration of perimenopause and menopause can differ for everyone. No matter how long it lasts, if you are exhausted from the night sweats and fluctuating hormones, you may want to try some natural herbs that can make the transition easier. Different cultures around the world have time and again turned to plant based solutions and organic herbs or remedies, over allopathic medicine. While these herbs do not act as cure, they can supplement your diet and provide you or the loved female in your life a general relief. They support your body and help you regulate your journey in general. We’ve done our internet research and scoured it for tried and tested solutions as reported by women in the <natural health> know. So if you or anyone you know that wants some support on their Devine menopausal journey, here are a few tips, reported by these wonderful women on a journey to heal within:
Dong Quai is actually a root of a Chinese herb that is used for menstrual and menopausal irregularities in women. This herb has been in use for over 2,000 years in China, Japan, and Korea and is decrease the occurrence of hot flashes in women. Do avoid the herb if you’re on other medication or if you’re allergic to foods from the carrot family like celery, parsley, etc.
Maca powder is rich in Vitamin C, iron, potassium, copper, and vitamin b6. The magical powder was consumed by soldiers in ancient times right before battle to increase energy levels. Maca is a great for menopause, as it can increase your body’s production of estrogen. Maca has also been used to increase virility and libido and is still used extensively in Peru for the same. From erectile dysfunction to sexual dysfunction in menopausal women, Maca is a solution to many problems!
DIM or Diindolylmethane
Remember the hype that went around claiming that eating broccoli and cauliflowers prevent breast cancer? Well, that’s mainly due to the diindolylmethane content in these veggies. DIM acts like estrogen in the body and metabolizes the hormone balance and estrogen levels. DIM can be obtained from vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, however, if you want to battle menopausal symptoms through these veggies, you’ll have to consume over 2 pounds to achieve result.
Ginseng is an Asian herb remedy that has been used by women for over 2000 years. The herb is commonly known to increase sexual arousal. Recent studies also indicate that Red Ginseng can reduce hot flashes and night sweats in menopausal women. Sipping on some Red Ginseng tea is an easy way to consume the herb!
Flax seeds contain high levels of estrogen. Studies confirm that flax seeds can reduce menopausal symptoms in women. They are easy available and can be added to a ton of recipes like smoothies, yogurts, bread spreads, and salad dressings.
Hormone Therapy V/S Herbs
Getting hormone therapy is another way to battle symptoms of menopause. Menopausal hormone therapy, involves doses of estrogen and a synthetic hormone, progestin that has similar effects as progesterone in the body. These hormones are either sourced from plants or created in laboratories. Unfortunately, hormone therapy has been linked to increased risks of endometrial cancer, dementia, stroke, and gall bladder malfunctions. These potential risks have titled the discussion in favor of these natural herbs and foods that have gained widespread popularity in America in the recent times.
Other natural fixes
You can ease menopause symptoms by making some simple changes like eating more organic food, using cosmetics free from parabens, and avoiding food in plastic containers, as these are known to disrupt your hormones. Exercise helps too! You can also try incorporating these super foods in your diet:
- Red Wine (In limited quantity)
All women don’t experience the same menopausal symptoms. Some may experience hot flashes for years together, some may not feel any at all. Some may experience symptoms like joint pains, weight gain, sleep problems, vaginal dryness, etc. No matter what you are feeling, natural herbs, plant based foods, and seeds are an organic way to provide nourishment to your body and ease out menopausal symptoms. But if things go beyond your comfort and seem extreme or worrisome, it’s advisable to pay a visit to the doctor.
Please Note: These tips are mere suggestions to help you. We do not provide professional expertise in the field and by no means expect the reader to take the above opinions and tips as professional advice.