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When women reach the age of menopause, hormonal shifts can cause both physical and emotional changes.
It can be challenging to face this time of life with grace and equanimity.
Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohosh) is a relaxing nerve tonic and is well known as a remedy for female gynaecological problems. Recent clinical studies done in Germany have confirmed that Cimicifuga is strongly oestrogenic. In blocking the oestrogen receptors, black cohosh reduces the effect of systemic oestrogen dominance that occurs at menopause. This property makes black cohosh highly effective in relieving menopausal symptoms.
A recent study has identified a link between oestrogen and weight gain. A loss of oestrogen appears to trigger increased appetite and weight. Because of it's oestrogenic action, black cohosh may help to prevent the "middle age spread" of menopause.
The German Commission E confirms the usefulness of Black Cohosh for premenstrual disorders, dysmenorrhea, menopausal disorders, and peripheral arterial disease.
Dose: One teaspoon for 1 cup of boiling water; three times daily. If a stronger dose is required take 1 gram 3 times daily. Decoction: 0.04 grams in 150 ml water.
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Several studies of populations in which soy foods are a major component of the diet suggest that soy may be beneficial for reducing menopausal symptoms, and the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Soy foods contain plant-based oestrogens (phytoestrogens) called isoflavones that appear to reduce hot flashes, improve cholesterol, and may decrease bone loss. Soy phytoestrogens are very complex; they bind to oestrogen receptors and either enhance or diminish the effects of the hormone. Soy contains other nutrients in addition to protein and isoflavones, and some researchers believe that the healthful benefits of soy foods may be due to the combined action of these nutrients.
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) reported that the daily consumption of whole foods containing the 40-80 mg of isoflavones may have health benefits for postmenopausal women.
Red clover (Trifolium pratense) contains high quantities of plant-based estrogens called isoflavones that may improve menopausal symptoms, reduce the risk of bone loss, and lower the risk of heart disease by improving blood pressure and possibly by increasing HDL cholesterol (the "good" kind of cholesterol). Dried Blossoms: 1 tablespoon for 1 cup of boiling water 6 to 12 times daily or more.
Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids and plant-based estrogens (phytoestrogens) called lignans that may help reduce symptoms of menopause, protect against breast cancer, and prevent heart disease. Nutritionally, Flax contains all of the essential amino-acids; vitamins E, A, C, D, B1 and B2; minerals potassium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium; etc. The oils in Flax contain the essential unsaturated linoleic and linolenic acids. which are needed by all cells in the body and which improve the oxygen supply to the cells.
Take 3 tablespoons of ground seeds 3 times daily with a glass of water or 1 to 3 tablespoons of whole seeds. Oil - take 1 to 2 tablespoons 3 times daily.
The use of liquorice is one of the most effective remedies for menopausal disorders. Liquorice has an oestrogenic effect, and can, to some degree, compensate for the diminished hormone. One teaspoon of the powder should be taken daily.
Grapes, Soy and Kudzu
Menopausal women are at relatively high risk for memory loss, high blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes. A decade ago, the standard treatment for these problems was long-term hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Since then, studies have shown that extensive use of HRT is associated with significant adverse effects. As a result, alternatives have been sought. Certain naturally occurring edible compounds found in plants - dietary polyphenols - have been shown to have some beneficial effects similar to HRT but without the appreciable adverse effects. Grape, soy and kudzu contain these dietary polyphenols. One research lab investigating them through several studies has found they can blunt cognitive loss, hypertension and insulin resistance in an experimental model. (Source: www.virtualmedicalcentre.com)
Phytoestrogens can compete with excess systemic estrogen and xeno-estrogens and therefore help to balance systemic estrogen production. Black Cohosh is one of the more thoroughly researched herbs which contains phytoestrogens and is approved by the German 'Kommission E" - a body similar to the FDA. Black Cohosh is one of the principle ingredients in the MellowPause remedy, along with Pasque Flower which is a well known tonic for the female reproductive system. more...
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What Is Menopause?
Menopause is the time when a woman passes from the reproductive to non-reproductive years of her life - usually a gradual process. Sometimes it happens all at once.
Perimenopause is the period of gradual changes that lead into menopause. It affects a woman's hormones, body, and feelings. It can be a stop-start process that may take months or years. During perimenopause, the ovaries' production of estrogen slows down. This causes hormone levels to fluctuate, causing changes just as they did during adolescence.
The average age for a woman's final period is 51, but it can occur as early as age 40 and as late as age 60. Each woman's experience with menopause is unique. Some women experience very few changes during this time, while others report noticeable symptoms.
Symptoms of Menopause
Many women experience mood swings, depression, hot flashes, cold sweats, changes in menstruation and sex drive. Over time, depleted estrogen levels can contribute to the development of more serious medical conditions, including osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, glaucoma and colon cancer .
Despite lower oestrogen levels, the relative drop in progesterone levels during menopause may be even greater. The resulting oestrogen dominance is believed to be responsible for some of the more troublesome symptoms of menopause.
Treatments for Menopausal Symptoms
Dealing with menopause can often be accomplished through a combination of diet, healthy lifestyle and alternative or natural treatments. Black Cohosh is one of the more thoroughly researched herbs which contains phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens can compete with excess systemic estrogen and therefore help to balance systemic estrogen production. In addition, research suggests that Black Cohosh also suppresses Luteinizing Hormone (LH), high levels of which are responsible for hot flashes, among other things.
Menopause is part of the natural aging process for all women. However there are many therapies available to help ease the symptoms and reduce the health risks associated with menopause. Selecting the appropriate treatments, whether medications, TCM, herbal remedies, or lifestyle changes, can minimize discomfort and maximize the opportunities for a vital, healthy, satisfying life during and after menopause.
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