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.

 

Garlic
(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.

 

Hawthorn
(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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57 comments

Heather Cameron
Heather Cameron1 years ago

Nice informative post, these herbs are great alternatives when it comes to treat menopause. Black cohosh is one of the best studied traditional herbs to ease symptoms like hot flashes

Yvette S.
Yvette S.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Sandra Penna
Sandra Penna3 years ago

great, thanks.

Sophie Addison
Sophie Addison3 years ago

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. http://www.thebeautyinsiders.com/6-popular-herbs-to-ease-menopausal-syndrome.html

N M.
N M.3 years ago

Useful information thanks

Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado3 years ago

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

Stathi Stathi
Stathi Stathi3 years ago

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

Joanne S.
Jo S.3 years ago

Thanks.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

Garlic rules!

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thanks