The 3 Stages of Menopause
While each individual goes through a different Menopause, there are 3 main stages:
1. Pre-Menopause also known as Perimenopause. This is the time in the years leading up to Menopause itself.
2. Menopause itself.
3. Post-Menopause or the time after Menopause.
Herbs and the Menopause
Herbs can assist you to pass through these 3 different stages of Menopause. Sometimes, you may take herbs until the symptoms disappear and then cease taking herbs, but you may have to take herbs again when the body goes through another stage, later on in the change. Become aware of and listen to your own body.
It is a good idea to check with your health practitioner if you are already taking drugs, before you decide to use any natural method.
Preparing for Menopause
Always take good advice if you have any concerns about using herbal remedies, especially if you are already using medication.
Using herbs, changing one's diet, exercising regularly and even completing an intestinal, liver or kidney cleanse can all help to prepare you for the change of life.
An advantage of herbal combinations is that, as the body changes, different herbs are required. Your body will take what it needs out of the combination formulas and excrete the surplus without putting a strain on the internal organs.
Once you reach the full menopause, monthly periods have finished. Hot flushes can still occur during the day, while at night, you may experience night sweats. Cold sweats will more than likely also make their appearance.
Herbs - Dried Herbs or Herbal Tinctures
Herbs can be bought dried or as a liquid tincture. Dried herbs can be taken as a tea or in capsule form. Herbal tinctures will have a stronger taste than herb capsules but are most usually taken mixed with water or juice. It is a personal choice whether one takes capsules or dried herbs.
Some herbs can also be bought fresh where possible and if you have enough room to make a herb garden or a herb box, then this can be both enjoyable and beneficial.
Please be aware that many herbal tinctures are made with alcohol so you may want to drop the tincture in a glass of water, allow the alcohol to evaporate and then drink the mixture. This is, in fact, an excellent way to take your tinctures during Menopause.
Plant hormones or plant chemicals as they exist in herbs, cannot be used by humans, but we can convert them into useable chemicals with the help of healthy gut bacteria. The bacteria in our intestines convert the plant hormones into natural chemicals that our body can use easily and with fewer side effects than man produced chemicals.
It is advisable when taking herbs for a period of time, to have a rest one day a week from the herb. For example, if you are taking herbs for 7 days, have a rest from taking the herb on the 7th day. Herbs work with the body and this 6 days out of 7 is often recommended by herbalists when people are on herbs for a long time.
Herbs provide natural assistance for overcoming symptoms of menopause.Each woman’s journey is different. You may need to take more herbs to assist you through the intense stages of menopause, when you will experience the most symptoms and physical challenges.
Lots of changes can occur
Emotional sensitivity will heighten, you may find that you feel Intolerant of others and want to be alone. Irrational emotional outbursts from you will cause others to regard you with mild or extreme caution.
Red Raspberry Leaf can be taken throughout the menopause and it contains many natural chemicals which women have been using for centuries. You can use this herb either in a tea or in capsule or tincture form and you can use it at any time. It is advisable to start taking Raspberry Leaf Tea at the beginning of your Pre-Menopause Stage and continue through to the Post-Menopause Stage.
If you have taken herbs during the pre-menopausal stage, you will know which herbs work best with your system. The following 3 herbs between them will help to alleviate all or most of the symptoms that you will experience during Menopause.
Chaste Tree Berry
Chaste Tree Berry
Also known as Vitex Agnus Castus or Vitex tincture is extremely effective but slow acting so take for at least six to eight weeks at a time. Chasteberry can increases the production of the brain chemical dopamine – which is essential for the healthy functioning of the brain and spine.
Chaste Tree Berry also increases the levels of progesterone and the Leutinising Hormone (LH). Chaste Berry gently lowers estrogen levels, so protecting reproductive tissues and increases progesterone levels, helping to build stronger bones.
Chaste Tree Berry is the herb to help all the endocrine glands. Endocrine glands send out hormones (which act like chemical messengers) that transport information and instructions from one place to another. They include the ovaries, testis, adrenals, pancreas, thymus (situated behind the breastbone), the thyroid and 2 glands located in the brain called the pituitary and pineal glands.
You can use a tincture of Chaste Berries several times daily or as needed. If you have started Menopause with irregular monthly periods, take about half to one millilitre (ml) once or twice a day of Chaste Tree Berry tincture in a juice or water. Many women have used this throughout the whole of their change of life cycle with very good results.
Wild Yam contains several natural plant hormones called phytosterols. Studies have suggested that these can be very useful in helping to stimulate the body in its creation of progesterone. This further helps to balance hormonal levels in the body. Being anti- inflammatory and hormone rich, it eases menopausal headaches, and soothes both the nerves and infections of the urinary tract. A digestive stimulant - it is also a kidney tonic. Being a steroid rich herb Wild Yam will help to ease aching joints.
Dong Quai supports estrogen production. It helps to regulate and heal the reproductive system as well as helping the Liver, Heart and Spleen. Dong Quai tones the blood and promotes blood circulation. It is often referred to as the “youth herb” as it can plump out facial wrinkles and quickly brings a rosy glow to the cheeks. This is the herb to handle hot flushes.
There are many herbs that help to alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause and some of the most well-known and well-used ones are named in this article.
Valerian assists relaxation and can help to calm the nerves. Valerian Root is a popular herb which has been used to help de-stress and calm a person who is experiencing some anxiety or sleeplessness. It has been popular for centuries. Valerian can be taken as a tea or a tincture.
Raspberry Leaf Tea
It can be beneficial to start taking a daily cup of herbal tea during pre-menopause. Various herbal teas can be used according to the symptoms that you are experiencing but Raspberry Leaf Tea can be taken all through your change cycle. There are various articles on this website which go into more detail about this herb and some of the benefits many women experience.
Dandelion Tea can aid the digestion of Calcium and will ensure your body will use the calcium you ingest. Dandelion Root helps to improve joints and bones. It can be taken as a tea, capsule, coffee or tincture.
Dandelion Root is the best herbal tincture for water retention. Take 10-20 drops with meals. This herb helps to nourish the kidneys, adrenal glands and liver, increase the digestibility of all food and has plant hormones to ease your change.
This herb literally means berry belonging to the bear from the Latin words 'uva' - 'berry or grape' and 'ursi' - 'bear'.
Uva Ursi is a herb known for its soothing, strengthening and tightening abilities for irritated and inflamed tissues especially for bladder and urinary problems. Uva Ursi is often used as a general pick-me-up or tonic for weakened kidneys, liver or pancreas.
Uva Ursi can be taken as a capsule, tincture or as a tea.
Many people who have heard of Damiana Leaf tend to think of it as a herb that may have been used to help boost sexual performance or sold via some seedy advertisement somewhere. However, you may not know that for over 100 years this herbs has also been used by women to help with depression, anxiety and the endocrine system (all the major hormonal glands of the body).
So it may be worth reading up about this herb some more or simply give it a try. As we have mentioned in several places throughout this site, always use herbs of the highest quality. Don't use weak or lifeless herbs from china or even closer to home that may have been sprayed or irradiated.
Damiana Leaf can be used in the treatment of poor digestion with constipation and lack of appetite. It is available in a tincture, in capsules and as a tea.
Black Cohosh or 'Woman's Herb'
Black Cohosh is used mainly by women for alleviating hot flushes and other symptoms of menopause and has come to be known as the 'Woman's Herb.'
It gets its blackish color from its underground stem or rhizome. The word 'cohosh' comes from a Native American Indian work meaning 'rough'. Black Cohosh was used in North American Indian medicine for malaise, gynecological disorders, kidney disorders, malaria, rheumatism, and sore throat. It was also used for colds, cough, constipation, hives, and backache and to induce lactation.
Black Cohosh has been used for centuries to help with conditions that affected women's reproductive organs and provide relief for hot flushes during menopause.
Ginseng is an excellent herb to add to your Herbal Allies at this stage. Ginseng works in women's body by raising the amount of estrogen (the most important female hormone in charge of overall body functioning) when it reaches low levels.
This herb has an effect on the reproductive glands of both men and women has been used to help women through this stage. It can have a marked effect on all glandular tissue and helps the body balance the wildly fluctuating hormones of the full Menopause Stage.