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Menopause Herbal Supplements and Medicinal Herbs


Why menopause herbal supplements and medicinal herbs?

Menopause, a natural and beautiful phase, affects every woman. Many women are now choosing herbal supplements and medicinal herbs for relief of menopausal symptoms.

Why herbal supplements?

Herbal supplements are used to treat anxiety, headaches, hot flashes, night sweats, painful intercourse, and vaginal dryness.

Why medicinal herbs?

The medicinal herbs that are high in phytoestrogens allay symptoms of menopause and naturally balance the bodys hormone levels.

What are some herbal supplements and medicinal herbs to ease menopause symptoms?

Black cohosh contains phytochemicals and is used to alleviate menopause symptoms. Black cohosh is thought to have isoflavones that actually bind estrogen receptors in the body. Plant estrogens actually work like natural estrogen. This helps produce vaginal lubrication, regulates temperature, and helps to strengthen bones. Chaste Tree berry provides benefits for perimenopause and postmenopausal symptoms because it stabilizes hormonal imbalances. These berries contain progestins, and its these progestins that relieve hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Dong Quai contains phytoestrogens that bind to estrogen receptors in the body (increasing estrogen levels). Don Quai is a foremost herb to treat menopause. Dong Quai contains vitamins A, B12, and E. Evening primrose contains GLA (gamma-linoleinc acid), a fatty acid that is valuable to body functions. This fatty acid prevents menopause symptoms, positively affects the sex hormones, and relieves pain and inflammation. Licorice root evens hormone levels. It improves energy levels and well-being, and it supports digestive actions. Maca root reduces the frequency and intensity of menopause symptoms. Maca root helps to balance estrogen and progesterone this helps reduce hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Maca root is believed to increase libido and restore the sex drive. Maca root is an adaptogen (it balances the bodys own hormone system to encourage hormone production). Maca root contains calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, and E, and zinc. Red clover is considered a cure-all for menopause symptoms. Red clover is a source of phytoestrogens. These phytoestrogens copy the female sex hormone and increase the estrogen levels. This decreases menopause symptoms. Red clover contains calcium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, and vitamin C. Sage assists to lower estrogen levels and reduce hot flashes. St. Johns wort is a natural antidepressant and relieves anxiety and insomnia. Valerian encourages needed sleep patterns. Wild yams provide phytosterols that reduce cholesterol in the intestine, which reduces blood cholesterol levels. Increased sex hormones, antioxidants in the blood, breast cancer reduction and cardiovascular disease are added benefits. Wild yams also relieve joint pain.

Dont go alone

Since each woman is unique and presents her own needs, please speak to your natural health practitioner about the right supplements for you. Do the research to be able to intelligently describe your needs and wants. Learn all you can so you can experience the best program for your best life.

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