Menopause can be a difficult time. Hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, tiredness, anxiety, irregular periods – they can all have a negative effect on the quality of your life and it may seem never-ending. But there are various non-hormonal menopause treatments that can help.
Here, we take a look at some of the most effective natural remedies for the menopause. These have all been shown to reduce symptoms – especially when used as part of a holistic approach and combined with hormonal treatments, such as those available at 23MD. Why not give them a try?
Phytoestrogens are a naturally occurring compound which successfully reduce hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms. These compounds can be found in a variety of foods and herbs – and, as a result, a few simple changes to your diet could make all the difference.
High levels of phytoestrogens are found in lentils, chickpeas and hummus, garlic, celery, linseeds, sunflower and sesame seeds, beansprouts, fennel, parsley and more. They can also be found in herbs such as red clover, black cohosh and sage. Sage tea, in particular, is an effective natural menopause treatment – but only when prepared in advance and taken cold.
Some herbs can help to regulate the uterus and balance hormones in the reproductive system. Dong Quai is the most well-known: often referred to as ‘female ginseng’, it is most commonly used to treat gynaecological conditions and improve fertility. But it also has a long history as a non-hormonal menopause treatment, reducing the frequency and severity of hot flushes and sweats.
This uterine tonic herb can be taken in tablet form and is likely to work best when combined with other herbal remedies for the menopause and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
The liver plays an important role in hormone regulation – in fact, any remedy that supports the liver can be deemed as a natural menopause treatment. A good example is milk thistle, which is believed to boost the liver, regenerating cells and improving their overall function. Milk thistle is available in capsule form and can be found in most herbal apothecaries. Best of all, when used in tandem with other menopause treatments, it can help to alleviate many unwanted symptoms.
If you are experiencing regular mood swings or feelings of anxiety and depression, nervines can be an effective option. Nervines are a class of herbs that act as a tonic for the nervous system. There are many to choose from, but the most commonly used – as a natural menopause treatment – include hops, valerian, chamomile, skullcap and passiflora. Simply take them as a tablet (or in the form of herbal tea) and you’ll feel noticeably more relaxed.
The adrenal glands are mainly responsible for producing stress hormones. But they’re also involved in the production of oestrone (a variant of oestrogen); therefore, when going through the menopause, it’s important to encourage good adrenal function.
Regular exercise is a great place to start. Try to practise stress management techniques (e.g. yoga, meditation, mindfulness) as much possible. Certain herbs have also been shown to help. For example, ginseng and borage are both effective tonics for the adrenal glands – reducing tiredness and feelings of stress – and are considered a good herbal remedy for the menopause.
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If you’re struggling to cope with menopausal symptoms, there’s no need to suffer in silence. There are plenty of options to choose from – including both non-hormonal menopause treatments and bioidentical hormone therapy, such as that offered by 23MD. We recommend using a combination of both to get the best results and can create a bespoke treatment plan that is tailored specifically to your needs.