The usual recommendation is to double check with your doctor if you are considering taking herbal remedies in case there may be any interactions. A gentle more natural approach is being considered by more and more women these days and sometimes the medical profession is rather reluctant to encourage this. We will leave it to you to decide why...
- Chaste Tree Berry
- Wild Yam
- Dong Quai
- Dandelion Root
- Uva Ursi
- Damiana Leaf
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Chaste Tree Berry is considered by many to be the herb to take when you have an early or surgical Menopause. This herb increases progesterone levels. Take it every day, one dropperful several times a day. This is one herb that can be taken throughout your Menopause and has taken many through their change successfully.
Chaste Berry is also commonly named Vitex-Agnus Castus has been used by women since antiquity to enhance female hormones. This herb contains many micronutrients and is essential for a woman going through Menopause naturally or through surgery, radiation or drugs. It has a powerful effect on the endocrine glands, but tends to be a slow acting tonic. Taken on a daily basis for at least three months, it can help to reduce and eliminate hot flushes and dizziness and reduce endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a condition concerning the endometrium or inner, mucus lining of the uterus. Enodmetrium literally comes from the Greek “endon”- "inner and " Latin metrium - "womb." The endometrium is the lining into which fertilised eggs embed themselves. Endometriosis is a condition in which bits of tissue from the endometrium come away and start growing outside the uterus in various parts of a woman’s body.
Chasteberry can also help to reduce and eliminate uterine fibroids, helps to calm, clear skin problems, relieve hormone related digestive problems, protect against osteoporosis and helps dry vaginal tissues.
Wild Yam, contains natural substances called phytosterols. These have been shown to have exceptional effects at increasing the amount of progesterone, which in turn may help to restore a more natural balance of certain female hormones in the body.
These are plant hormones also known as plant sterols. They are an essential part of cell membranes and cell structures. They occur naturally in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and breakfast cereals in small amounts.
Wild Yam is hormone rich and has anti-inflammatory properties. For some people, it eases menopausal headaches, and gently soothes the nerves and calms infections inside the urinary tract. This herb is often regarded as a natural digestive stimulant and for many women, it is thought that it can act as a mild kidney tonic. Some historic research suggests that it may help with aching joints.
This herb is cherished in the Orient as a supreme ally for women and is considered by many to be the greatest tonic for menopausal women. A blood nourisher, the Chinese regarded it as a balancer between the two forces of the natural world, the Yin (literally the 'shady place' or 'north slope' associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity and night-time) and Yang (literally the 'sunny place' or 'south slope' associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime).
Dong Quai is known to assist the following menopausal symptoms:
Menopausal rheumatism - swelling & discomfort in the joints, emotional swings and insomnia – literally a condition in which it is hard to get to sleep from the Latin ‘insomina’ "not" + somnus "sleep."
Dong Quai can also assist in rejuvenating a youthful face and complexion. As it is rich in liver nourishing iron, Dong Quai helps to tonify the liver during your Menopause passage. This herb has many positive benefits due to its high content of plant minerals or phyto-minerals as they are sometimes called, plant hormones or phytosterols and B Vitamins.
It has been used for centuries to help calm the nerves naturally.
It can also help to lower blood pressure and combat anxiety, hasten sleep and improve sleep quality.
This is a gentle liver and digestive stimulant and acts as a cleansing tonic.
It is potassium rich and can also helps to alleviate water build up in the body and bloating during Menopause.
The Dandelion herb has been used for at least a thousand years to strengthen the bladder and handle chronic silent bladder infections.
Uva Ursi. literally translated from the Latin means uva, "grape" and ursi, "bear", i.e. "bear's grape".
Uva Ursi is well known for strengthening the bladder and urinary system. This can be particularly useful during post-menopausal years when one's bladder can lose some of its elasticity and strength.
Uva Ursi can also be used as a general tonic for the kidneys, liver and pancreas.
In 1874, when Damiana became commercially available - it was promoted as an aphrodisiac - this may or may not be so, but it is invaluable in hormone-based disorders and for depression, anxiety or listlessness as it supports the nervous and endocrine systems.
It is a commonly held opinion that combination herbal supplements can often seem to work more effectively than single herb supplements, during menopause. It seems that as your body changes and hormone levels rise and fall, during the days and weeks etc, ones body seems to extract the things it needs, and so by having "all bases covered" you can help your body smooth out any shortfalls in nutrients and micro-nutrients it needs.