Menopause Symptoms – Can You Find Relief Naturally?
Some women go smoothly through menopause. They do not have discomfort sleeping or lose confidence because of a sudden weight gain. However, the majority of women have to deal with symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, thinning hair, skin problems, low sex drive, and mood swings. And they can make daily life difficult.
If you ask a doctor for help, he or she might prescribe hormonal pills for symptom relief, but do you really need to take hormones? Or can you heal with the help of nature?
The answer is, you surely can. In fact, not that many women need pills for their menopause symptoms. Then, how do you use natural remedies to find relief? To get the answer, you first need to know what your symptoms really mean.
Hormonal Changes and Menopause Symptoms
During menopause, your body’s hormones shift. To put it another way, levels of estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone fluctuate. These changes are a normal event in puberty, pregnancy, or PMS, but in menopause, your body cannot adjust to these shifts as easily. As a result, it tries to produce more hormones to balance them out. These changes can cause several symptoms, such as insomnia, fatigue, joint pain, low sex drive, skin problems, or thinning hair.
Lack of estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone could lead to such symptoms as:
- night sweats and hot flashes,
- anxiety, trouble sleeping, and anger,
- a lack of libido and mood swings.
Every woman is unique and will go through menopause differently. Some women might not even notice the changes in their bodies, while you may be the one who struggles with your symptoms. Menopause is not something that should frighten you, though. That is why you should learn your options for healing ht flashes, mood swings, weight gain, and other symptoms.
For a long time, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was thought to be the best option for treating menopause symptoms. However, more recently, women who doubted its safety started looking for other healing methods. Practices like hypnosis, yoga, mindfulness, relaxation, aromatherapy, and herbal remedies are becoming very popular (1). To give you more info on those, here is how to give your body extra support with the help of natural remedies.
Phytotherapy for Natural Menopause Relief
Typical meds for treating menopause symptoms often give too much focus to lack of estrogen, while there are also other sex hormones we should think about. In fact, a lot of studies and web sources only speak about estrogen levels declining. It is good to know that to achieve the most from your therapy, you need to give your body what it needs to make and use all three hormones which create the symptoms in menopause.
When your hormones are in balance, your body can perform at its best. But know that hormonal balance is not really about having “enough” of a certain hormone. If your hormones are indeed in balance, they are all at the optimal levels, easy to access and use for relieving the symptoms of menopause.
Studies have found that menopause symptoms, both physical and psychological, can be helped with the use of medicinal herbs (2). Some herbs, like sage, lemon balm, ginkgo biloba, or black cohosh, were found to have beneficial effects in herbal solutions – phytotherapy.
What Is Phytotherapy?
Certain herbs called phytoestrogens share similar features with female hormones. They can help boost your hormone levels and relieve menopause symptoms, even when they are severe.
Here is what you should know about phytoestrogens:
- They do not replace your sex hormones. Instead, the plant elements bind to your hormone receptors and improve cell functions.
- They can, however, act similar to your sex hormones. For example, take soy products. Many doctors recommend eating soy-rich foods as a natural way to balance the estrogen and for symptom relief.
- They also help your body produce more hormones naturally. Since your body produces fewer hormones with age, plants could stimulate the tissues in your body and boost natural hormone levels.
Phytotherapy is likely effective because of plants’ ability to adapt to the needs of your body. Unlike typical meds, which offer the same approach for every woman, plants are versatile. Natural solutions provide relief, especially if you worry about the safety of hormonal pills and HRT, so think about popular remedies like soy, black cohosh, and red clover (3).
What Else Can You Do to Treat Menopause Symptoms?
Apart from healing with plants, several diet and lifestyle changes could help you find relief from menopause symptoms. Consider taking these steps to help your body:
- It is a good idea to add vitamins and minerals to your diet. Your body needs a strong and healthy immune system, and vitamins and minerals are the keys to it. For healthy hair, choose vitamin C, D, E, and B-complex. Also vital are omega-3 fatty acids, which would help balance your hormone levels and improve mood.
- Clean up your diet. Diets heavy in sugars, fats, and processed foods are bad for heart health and insulin levels in the body.
- Relax, rest, and recharge. Sleep is crucial for your hormonal balance and overall health. Getting enough high-quality sleep, such as in the hours between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., is a powerful medicine in itself. Try doing relaxation like yoga or meditation to help you relieve stress.
(1) Alisa Johnson, Lynae Roberts, and Gary Elkins. “Complementary and alternative medicine for menopause.”
(2) Rahele Kargozar, Hoda Azizi, and Roshanak Salari. “A review of effective herbal medicines in controlling menopausal symptoms.”
(3) Brian J. Doyle and Gail Mahady. “Phytomedicines for menopause.”