Menopausal Herbs

Menopausal herbs can ease the transition. 

Plants and Menopause

Plants contain a wide range of elements such as essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytoestrogens that can help heal and keep people healthy at all stages of life. 

This includes the stages of menopause

Plant medicine and food doesn't work in the body the way drugs do. 

Modern pharmaceuticals and hormones usually consist of one purified active ingredient which is then altered biochemically. 

Whole foods and herbs contain active ingredients that often act synergistically with the body. 

This is why some studies show that whole soy foods give better results than capsules or pills containing isolated soy isoflavones. 

Western medicine typically tries to target a symptom or illness with a single drug. Herbs and food on the other hand will work to balance the body on a number of different levels. 

One might use many different herbs to regulate the menstrual cycle. Such herbs are soy foods, ground flaxseed, dong quai, and chasteberry. 

A combination of herbs are commonly used as a perimenopausal tonic. Herbs help balance the endocrine system which is very beneficial to menopausal women. 

Herbs work best when they are part of a proper diet and exercise plan. 

Natural menopause treatment with herbs and food remedies

Are herbs for you?

Consider the following... 

  • Even though your symptoms are mild, you would still like some support.

  • You believe menopausal herbs are more natural and beneficial than hormone therapy.

  • You would like to avoid HRT because of health concerns such as breast cancer.

  • You are currently on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and would like the added support of herbs.

  • You can't tolerate HRT.
Menopause Herbs

Herbal Therapy Principles

All plants contain phytonutrients. These are unique substances produced during the natural course of plant growth. 

Phytonutrients play therapeutic roles by modifying physiological processes in the body. This is the basis of botanical medicine. 

Phytochemicals are found in cruciferous vegetables. These substances convert potent estrogens into weaker carcinogenic forms. High consumptions of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli) is associated with decreased risk of breast cancer, breast tenderness, and bloating, all of which are related to high estrogen levels

Key Menopausal Herbs

The following herbs have been studied the most when it comes to herbal menopausal treatment.

This is just a short list. There are many otherherbs for menopause such as peony, hops, motherwort, and false unicorn root. 

  • Dong Quai. This herb has an excellent phytoestrogen activity and has been labeled female ginseng because of the effects of enhancing well-being and raising energy levels. 

    Dong quai is commonly used for amenorrhea, irregular periods, and excessive uterine bleeding.

  • Chasteberry. This herbs has been shown to have a profound effect on the pituitary function. It also increases secretion of LH (luteinizing hormone), decreases the secretion of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), which in turn shifts the production of hormones toward more progesterone and less estrogen. 

    This herb helps balance the irregular periods that result from the hormonal swings during peri menopause

    Chasteberry is particularly beneficial to women experiencing PMS like symptoms or irregular periods. Studies have shown that this herb suppresses appetite, relieves depression, and improves sleep.

  • Black Cohosh. This is a herb that is very commonly used in formulations for perimenopausal symptoms. This herb binds to estrogen receptors where it selectively represses the elevation of LH that occurs at menopause. 

    Common menopausal symptoms relieved are depression, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and menstrual cramps.

  • Licorice Root. This herb has many pharmacological actions, including estrogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiallergy, antibacterial, and anticancer effects. Licorice root helps regulate estrogen/progesterone ratios. 

    Licorice root also helps fatigue as it helps replenish the adrenal glands.

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