Herbal Treatments In Menopausal Symptoms
Various studies have shown significant results for use of herbal therapies in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Phytoestrogens are plant components which are similar to estrogens in structure and function. Studies show that plants containing phytoestrogens, if consumed regularly, lead to a reduction in menopausal symptoms and an increase in bone mass, among other things.
A lot of women are considering herbal therapy as an option, due to the side effects and risks associated with starting hormonal therapy, as well as the issues regarding stock.
Sage, Evening Primrose, Valerian Root and Ginkgo Biloba are all known to contain phytoestrogens.
Has anti-inflammatory effects, and can have some effect in reducing hot flushes.
Traditionally used to treat hot flushes and night sweats, it is known to improve memory, whilst also having a sedative effect, useful for insomnia.
The root of the valerian plant has been known to aid reduction of hot flushes in menopause. It's also known for reducing feelings of anxiety and addressing insomnia.
Studies show this plant has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and is known for improving memory impairment. It has also been found to have a positive effect on sexual desire.
With herbal therapies it has been noted that they most often cause mild gastrointestinal side effects. These therapies are also known to interact with some prescription medicines, examples include: diabetes, blood pressure, anxiety, depression and epilepsy medications.
Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before initiating herbal therapy.
There are 3 vitamins that are most important for women during menopause; Vitamin D, B and E.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D supplements are vital for improving low mood, especially in the winter when you aren't getting your usual dose from the sun.
- Vitamin B
There are several B Vitamins, it is recommended to take a variety, as they have been seen to work better together. A vitamin B complex contributes to improvement of low mood and sluggishness. It's an energising vitamin, so make sure to take this in the morning.
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E has been seen to be important for heart health, and as menopausal and postmenopausal women are known to be more prone to heart disease, a daily dose of 400UI is recommended.
Written by Charlotte Broadbent and approved by Conor McSorley (GPhC 2223070)