Menopause is the time in a female’s life when she gets a formal, official signal from her body that she is getting older. This is the time when her menstruation is on the verge of a complete die down. The hot flashes, irritation, mood swings, insomnia, fatigue, etc. are some symptoms of menopause, and there are many more. These symptoms can be unpleasant and tedious to manage. The main reason for menopause to occur in a female’s age span is the fall in the levels of estrogen, a reproductive hormone in females. This estrogen is responsible for regulating the entire menstrual cycle. A depletion of the estrogen hormone in the body causes a cease in the regular menstrual periods. And the lowering of the estrogen levels in the body goes on increasing due to growing age. The best option to ease out the severity of the menopausal symptoms is to provide the body with small doses of estrogen supplements. This can be done with the help of hormone therapy. This hormone therapy can help in the short- termed relieving of the symptoms of menopause. It shall also reduce the risks of a menopausal woman to face breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes.
Many women opt for changes in their diet or use supplements to escape the adversities of menopause symptoms. But this seldom works as many of them cannot sustain a healthy, tasteless diet for long. Supplements are not thoroughly done with their tests and the claims that are put up by their manufacturers may not always be supported by scientific justifications. Let us have a look at the alternatives. There are some natural ingredients that can aid the rise in the levels of estrogen hormone. There are many menopause symptoms and treatment and one by one we shall get on to some of these alternative menopause symptoms healers.
The black cohosh
It is not exactly black cohosh, but a particular extract of the root of this plant. Preparations made from this extract are seen to decrease the hot flash symptom of menopause and the reductions have been for about 30 %. The usage of this plant is widespread for healing the severities of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. However, black cohosh has been associated with many side effects and hence, it must not be consumed without a physician’s advice.
Herbs for menopause symptoms include chinese herb known as Chinese angelica. This herb is also called by a dual name of Estrogen replicator. It is responsible for mimicking estrogen in the body, i.e. replicate the estrogen and increase the levels. Though extensive studies and researches haven’t been made in this context, but practical usage cases of this herb show that dong quai acts as estrogen in the body and relieves many early symptoms of menopause.
Oil of the evening primerose
This is the oil which can be extracted from the seeds of the evening primerose plant. This plant has yellow flowers. The most active ingredient in this plant is the omega- 6 essential fatty acid, also called the Gamma- linolenic acid. This oil is not to be consumed raw; instead it is packed in a mixture and stuffed in a capsule. A limited number of these capsules, as prescribed by your physician, can be used on regular basis to control the severities of menopause.
Gingko plant (Maidenhair)
The leaves of this plant serve an extract which can be used for any preparation to be diluted and consumed every day to heal and reduce the symptoms of menopause. This plant is also famous for contributing its extracts to improve memory, concentration, mood and aiding a better sleep. All these cures are very much in requirement during menopause.
The red clover
It is an extract of legume and consists of substances like isoflavones that act similar to the hormone estrogen in the body. They are a metaphor to estrogen and are found in products like Promensil. It also helps regulate the cholesterol levels in the body of menopausal women. Though limited, but the advantages of Red Cloves in healing menopausal symptoms are worth appreciating.
For menopause symptom relief, a protein found in foods like beans and tofu is useful. Also edamame and soy milk can be used as supplements or included in the daily routine to fight the menopausal ailments. The frequency and severities of hot flashes have been reduced to tremendous extents after using soy milk, and this is included by the menopausal females who have actually used these soy products. Chilled soy milk at night, consumed daily, promised you a good night’s sleep, thus, healing insomnia, stress and mood swings, 3 at 1 time.
Apart from these particulars, the daily intake of calcium, vitamins (esp. vitamin E) and iron are very essential for the menopausal and post menopausal females to maintain the other nutrition balances in their bodies, thus lending a hand for self- prevention and care.