Early Menopause Headaches
Some women experience headaches for the first time during Menopause. This can be due to fatigue, stress and rapidly changing hormone levels. Food allergies may also suddenly flare up and cause headaches. Two chemicals, Aspartame (artificial sweetener) and Monosodium Glutamate (a flavour enhancer used in the fast food industry) are prime suspects for food allergies during Menopause. Try to avoid taking these where possible.
Herbs for helping Early Menopause Headaches
Black Cohosh has a pain-killing and sedative effect both on the arteries (arteries carry blood away from the heart to the to the cells, tissues, and organs of the body) and the nervous system so should soothe Menopausal Headaches.
Wild Yam, being anti-inflammatory and hormone rich, eases menopausal headaches and soothes the nerves.
A tea or tincture of the longevity herb, Sage, relaxes peripheral blood vessels and is a circulatory stimulant that has helped many Menopausal headaches.
Hot Flushes also known as Hot Flashes
These will occur throughout your Menopause cycles. They will often be infrequent during the
Pre-Menopause stage, more frequent during the full Menopause and taper off to stop completely during Post-Menopause. As hot flushes cannot be eradicated completely during your full Menopause stage, dress in layers and learn to “ride” the heat wave as it occurs.
It is generally thought that declining hormones in your body are the cause of the rush of blood, associated with hot flushes. The Hot Flushes may be the only symptom that you are in the Pre-Menopause stage. Flushes of heat sweep the upper body, reddening the skin and causing free perspiration. The intensity and duration vary as do the number of Hot Flushes per day.
With a hysterectomy (the surgical removal of the uterus and is some cases, the uterus and the ovaries), Hot Flushes start off extremely intensely and frequently and continue with that intensity for some time. If a life threatening disease is diagnosed, there may be a necessity to remove some of the female organs, but it is advised to consult at least three Medical opinions before this operation is performed. If an operation is necessary, full Menopause will be extremely sudden and difficult to handle, as the body will have not had time to prepare itself.
It was thought that Hot Flushes were a symptom of estrogen deficiency. It has now been found that those who took estrogen during Menopause suffered Hot Flushes longer than those who did not take Estrogen Replacement Therapy (E.R.T.). The Hot Flushes usually tail off after two to five years – it was found that those who take ERT usually take longer.
Hot Flushes & Herbal Remedies
In natural Pre-Menopause, Hot Flushes tend to start at infrequent intervals. The Hot Flushes will increase during the full Menopause eventually decreasing, as a woman enters the third stage of Post-Menopause, to few, if any, Hot Flushes.
Herbs can be used to lessen the intensity and will help you handle the cold sweats and hot flushes, but you more than likely will have to experience the Hot Flushes during the Change.
Dong Quai is a specific herb for hot flushes, due to its sterols and minerals. Sterols play an important role in our digestion, by helping the absorption of cholesterol, rather than allowing it to circulate around our blood system. Sterols help to eliminate cholesterol along with waste products. Sterols are basically extracts from plants, also sometimes called Phytosterols. Sterols occur in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds such as sunflower seeds, walnuts, beans etc.
Black Cohosh taken as a tincture several times a day has been shown to handle hot flushes. Continued use of Chickweed tincture may help to reduce the severity and length of the hot flushes.
Wild Yam or progesterone cream has worked successfully to reduce the intensity of the Hot Flushes for some. After you have found the Herbs that work for you, just increase the frequency that you use them as you pass into the later stages of Menopause.
Early Menopause Digestive Problems
Herbs that can assist with digestive problems include:
Other options include Dandelion Root (Tincture or Tea) as well as Ginger Root (tea or tincture). If you like to drink wine with your meal, from time to time, you could try Dandelion wine. The benefits of the dandelion may not offset the alcohol, but it may be worth a try if you have digestive problems. If the digestive problems don't clear up, it may be worth considering doing a Colon Cleanse / Detox program for a few weeks.
Early Menopause Dizziness
During early Menopause, the production of eggs in the ovaries decreases and in Menopause ceases altogether. Often, women experience unpleasant side effects, which ranges from mild to strong. Sage tea can assist these. Sip the diluted infusion throughout the day or take 5-15 drops as needed to relieve trembling and dizziness. If the dizziness is not a temporary symptom, take Chaste Tree Berry throughout your Menopause, as it is a slow-acting but effective handling for dizziness.
Early Menopause Immune Deficiency
Early Menopause is a good time to strengthen your Immune System. An immune deficiency can be helped with Echinacea or Astragalus Tinctures, teas or capsules.
Early Menopause Kidney Weakness
Wild Yam is a digestive stimulant so it will help your body digest the nutrients needed to help your joints. Wild Yam is also a kidney tonic and will help if you have a weak kidney. Wild Yam is rich in certain plant steroids, which can help to ease aching joints.
Early Menopause Liver Stress
Chinese Herbalists often regard headaches as an indication that the liver is under stress and recommend Dandelion Tea or tincture. A liver cleanse would help to reduce stress on the liver and reduce your susceptibility to headaches.
Sore Breasts in Early Menopause
For sore breasts, some of the best tinctures to use are Black Cohosh, Chaste Tree Berry, Life Root or Dong Quai. Cleavers tincture is especially useful for helping to ease swollen or sore breasts.
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