Herbs For Menopause

Written by Norene Anderson
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Many herbs are used for the relief of the symptoms of menopause. Phytoestrogens are estrogens that are in some foods. These are of two varieties--lignans and isoflavones. Some of the foods high in isoflavones include soybeans and other legumes. Lignans are found in whole grains and some vegetables and fruits.

The most common herbal supplement used is soy, next is ginkgo biloba, then black cohosh. Many women use a combination of herbs and hormone replacement therapy. Herbs have been used for hundreds of years by women to reduce the discomforts of menopause. Another herb is the dried fruit of the chaste tree. It is used to balance hormones and to reduce the depression that is common with menopause.

Common Herbs for Menopause

The dried leaves of damiana are used as an aphrodisiac and also as an antidepressant. Dandelion leaves and roots are used to support the liver when the hormones are unbalanced due to menopause. The roots of dong quai are high in phytosterols, natural plant estrogens. This is useful in supplying support for estrogen deficiency.

Ginkgo has been widely used for improved circulation that oxygenizes the entire body. This offers support for brain functions, memory, and fatigue. These can all be affected by the menopausal process. Liferoot is considered an effective herb to increase vascularity to eliminate hot flashes. It is also used to regulate menstrual bleeding. The dried flower heads of red clover are used to stimulate the ovaries. They contain plant estrogen and are utilized to restore alkalinity to the body systems.

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