Firstly a word about HRT – I am not opposed to any orthodox intervention, if it works, great, use it! I can give you advice and information about herbal treatments, and you should balance this with information on other treatments when you are trying to decide what is right for you.
Many of my clients have had a complete resolution of their menopausal symptoms within a few weeks of taking a herbal prescription. This includes symptoms such as anxiety, depression, palpitations, insomnia, hot flushes, loss of energy, frequency of urination, irregular periods, heavy bleeding, aches and pains in the body, loss of libido and vaginal dryness.
Herbs Work Holistically
Herbs work by helping your body adjust to the hormonal changes that occur during all stages of menopause. They are used for regulating circulation, supporting the nervous system, supporting organ function and can be anti-inflammatory to help relieve the different sets of symptoms you may experience. Here are my 3 herbs for menopause:
Anxiety & Palpitations
Rose is cooling for hot flushes, helps relieve anxiety and palpitations and can assist in lifting a depression. It can be used in many forms: as a herb in tea, tincture or aromatic water, as an essential oil in the bath or with massage.
Men with menopausal partners/mothers/sisters take note – rose products will make a great gift for your women.
Sage is used for hot flushes it worked for my Mum in just 3 days & she had a symptom free menopause after that. Once thought to have hormonal action, it seems it is more likely to work on hot flushes by balancing the circulation. The tea works fine, but if you can’t stand the taste (too many associations with stuffing and sausages) you can get it in tablet form, or as a tincture.
Energy and Dryness
Schizandra chinensis – also known as ‘Wu Wei Zi’. It is my number 1 herb for vaginal dryness and also helps with energy levels. This herb can also help with hot flushes or night sweats and I tend to use it when the client feels cold when waking from a night sweat – rather than too hot. I prescribe it usually as a tincture, or give the dried berries to be used as a tea which have a delicious fresh and slightly sour taste.
Finding a Herbalist
There are many other herbs used depending on the client’s symptoms, and if you are suffering a complex range of symptoms, have other health issues, or are on any medications you may need a complex prescription. Then it is best to seek help from a professional herbalist. You can contact me for a consultation, or check the NIMH website to find a herbalist near you.
Wishing you wellness.