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4 Herbs to Help Menopause

4 Herbs to Help Menopause

Spirituality is all well and good, but as soon as physical symptoms come into play, “enlightenment” often seems just a tad less important. Here are four natural herbs that can help make day-to-day life during ­menopause a little more pleasant. It’s a good idea to consult your doctor on any questions you have about menopause and herbal preparations.

- Harald Gaier, British osteopath, homeopath and medical herbalist.


Black cohosh
(Cimicifuga racemosa)

This plant is effective in treating menopausal symptoms. It can also lessen post-operative functional disorders after removal of the uterus or ovaries.


(Allium sativum)

Garlic lowers not only blood pressure but blood glucose and cholesterol levels, as well as those of other blood lipids. The herb also prevents clot formation, has mild antibiotic and antifungal properties, strengthens the immune system and protects the liver.


Evening primrose
(Oenothera biennis)

During and after menopause, women often experience dry skin, eczema, hair loss, painful breasts and slower healing caused by lower estrogen levels. Evening primrose oil can ease these symptoms, making a new stage of life more manageable.


(Crataegus laevigata)

Hawthorn’s anti-arrhythmic properties help control cardiac arrhythmia. The plant is able to dilate coronary arteries (which provide blood to the heart), lowering the risk of heart attack and increasing blood flow to the heart. Hawthorn can also lower systolic blood pressure—the first, higher, of the two numbers in a blood pressure reading—which is of particular value for those over 50, who run the highest risk of elevated systolic pressure. This herb also corrects blood pressure that is too low.

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12:24PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing

5:31AM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

great, thanks.

3:01AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Consult a qualified herbal practitioner before taking any herbal medicine which usually has a better safety record. It been tried & tested, but nothing is perfect for everyone. It may person to person. Here is good information about some menopause supplement just go through this article.

12:28PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Useful information thanks

10:54PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

This is great to remember 4 when that day comes 4 me! Thanks

5:18PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

I knew about garlic, but the rest were unfamiliar to me. Good article!!

3:47PM PDT on Jun 7, 2013


8:40AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

Garlic rules!

6:14PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013


2:47PM PDT on May 16, 2013


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