15 Dec 5 natural remedies to support the menopause
Natural menopause treatment
The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and can no longer get pregnant naturally. The cause is a natural decline in the hormone oestrogen, which usually builds through your cycle to thicken your womb lining to provide a safe place for an egg to implant. It also ensures you produce plenty of ‘sperm-friendly’ mucus.
This decline in oestrogen can cause hot flushes, vaginal dryness, low mood and anxiety and often a reduced sex drive.
Here are 5 natural remedies that can help to ease your symptoms but be sure to research them thoroughly, as if you have any previous health complications there could be dangers too.
The herbs which have been shown to help, include black cohosh which is taken as a supplement and can reduce excess sweating, hot flushes and even poor memory! St John’s Wort is another popular supplement that may help with anxiety and low mood. Because they may interact with other medicines you are taking, it is advisable to first discuss use of herbal supplements with your doctor.
Eating a healthy, varied diet is the advice for life, but during the menopause certain foods can trigger your symptoms. We suggest that women going through the menopause, take supplements including red clover and soy foods including, lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, flaxseeds, chicory, endive and celery. These are all phytoestrogens/plant oestrogens, and are believed to have an oestrogen-like effect on the body, helping to ease symptoms. Eating spring onions, artichokes, asparagus and fennel may be beneficial as these support liver function and oestrogen is redistributed by the liver. If you are interested in finding out more, this article on Nutrition.org.uk offers in depth advice.
Vitamin E supplements are useful. as well as eating lots of fish oils for the omega-3 fatty acids. You can find these in linseeds and a small amount in nuts and seeds also.
Acupuncture has benefits when dealing with menopause symptoms as a whole. Studies have shown it to improve hot flushes, balancing hormones, aiding insomnia and decreasing irritability. We found this article useful on Healthline for explaining the benefits and risks in more detail.
Try moderate aerobic exercise such as taking a brisk walk or playing tennis. These activities can keep hot flushes at bay for up to 24 hours after a workout! Also taking part in meditation or yoga can help reduce stress which can be a trigger for menopausal symptoms.
We have a team of menopause experts, to support you as you move through the stages of the menopause.