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Six Natural Remedies for Menopause Actually Work – experts

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“A healthy lifestyle is the backbone for easing menopausal symptoms and keeping you healthy in the long run,” says Dr. Taulant Muka, postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus University Medical Center.

According to a survey, 40-50% of women in Western countries use complementary and plant-based therapies to help ease the symptoms of menopause.

These are some symptoms, women face during the manopause.

Menopausal symptoms

  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Reduce sex drive
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Vaginal dryness and pain, itching or discomfort during sex
  • Headaches
  • Low mood or anxiety
  • Palpitations
  • Joint stiffness, aches and pains
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections

Although the duration and severity is different for each woman, “symptoms usually start a few months or years before your periods stop”.

On average, menopausal symptoms can linger for four years, but some people may have them for as long as 12 years.

The earliest sign of menopause is a change in the normal pattern of your periods.

They may become unusually light, or heavy, and the menses could arrive every two weeks or disappear for months.

Natural remedies


A study from the researchers of the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran, tested whether or not liquorice could help ease hot flushes in women.

The study involved 90 women who detailed the severity and frequency of their hot flushes in a questionnaire.

Participants were given three capsules daily of 330mg liquorice abstract or a placebo.

Over the eight-week trial, the frequency and severity of hot flushes “decreased significantly” in those taking the liquorice abstracts compared to the placebo group.

Ginkgo bilboba

Another research trial conducted by Alborz University of Medical Sciences in Iran investigated the effects of Ginkgo bilboba.

Eighty healthy female volunteers enrolled in the experiment, who were randomly assigned 120-250mg of Ginkgo bilboba or a placebo.

The women’s sexual desire was subjectively evaluated using the Sabbatsberg Sexual Rating Scale before and after the intervention.

After the 30-day trial, the researchers concluded that sexual desire “was significantly improved” in the Ginkgo bilboba abstract group compared to placebo.

Green teas

Other researchers from the Winthrop-University Hospital in America found that green tea can help prevent bone loss in older women.

According to experts, these six herbal blends could ease troublesome symptoms:

  1. Raspberry leaf, which can lessen heavy menstrual flows
  2. Ginseng, to improve mood changes, and increase length and quality of sleep
  3. Green tea, to support bone strength and guard against weight gain
  4. Gingko bilboa, to improve blood circulation and cognitive function
  5. Liquorice, which can help reduce the occurrence and length of hot flushes
  6. Valerian, which can reduce stress and anxiety, aid sleep

Plant-based foods made from soybeans

Researchers from Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. analyzed a ream of randomized clinical trials—62 in all—that involved a total of 6,653 women.

Approaches using phytoestrogens—chemical compounds in plants that exert a similar action to the female sex hormone estrogen—were linked to a modest drop in daily hot flashes and vaginal dryness. These include whole-food sources of soy, soy extracts and red clover herbal supplements. The benefits didn’t extend to night sweats.

Enhancing your general well-being can also help to minimise symptoms, which can be done by:

  • Exercising
  • Not smoking
  • A good sleep cycle
  • Drinking less alcohol
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
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