Herbal Supplement For Menopause

Written by Sarah Provost
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Increasingly, as research indicates more severe side effects from traditional hormone replacement therapy that were previously suspected, women are beginning to use an herbal supplement for menopause. Herbalists recommend specific herbs for various symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings and irritability. It is important not to self-medicate with any herbal supplement for menopause, as herbs may interact with other medications. Consult your healthcare provider or a qualified herbalist for dosages and contraindications.

Black Cohosh: A Traditional Herbal Supplement for Menopause

The use of Black Cohosh to treat hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause goes back centuries. While it does appear to be effective, according to several German studies, the researchers recommend that it not be taken for more than six months, as side effects can result when it builds up in the body. Also, since Black Cohosh is not regulated by the USDA, consumers should be careful to buy it from respected sources in order to assure purity.

St. John's Wort is another common herbal supplement for menopause. This herb is particularly effective against irritability, anxiety and mood disturbances. No significant side effects have been observed. Kava, a member of the pepper family, has been proven effective against anxiety and insomnia.

As estrogen levels decrease, the vaginal tissues become thinner and drier, and secretions less acidic. This provides an environment in which Candida, or vaginal yeast, can flourish. Though this yeast is always present in the vagina, overgrowth can cause itching and irritation. Calendula has been shown to be effective in restoring the proper pH balance to vaginal secretions.

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