Menopause Herbal Treatment

Written by Sarah Provost
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Menopause herbal treatment is an option for those women who need relief from symptoms but should not or do not want to use traditional hormone replacement therapy. While one should be wary of exaggerated claims, there does seem to be adequate evidence that a variety of herbs can help relieve symptoms. The questions of which ones to use and in what dosages are complex, and it is highly recommended that you consult your healthcare provider before beginning any menopause herbal treatment.

Some of the traditional hormone replacements are compounded, at least in part, from herbs. The list of herbs recommended for relieving the symptoms of menopause is a long one. Some herbs are recommended for general well-being, while others target a particular aspect of menopause.

Menopause Herbal Treatment, Symptom by Symptom

Hot flashes are probably the most common symptom of menopause, and black cohosh is the most commonly recommended herb for treatment. The root of the black cohosh was brewed as a medicine for Native American women, which led to the common name "squaw root." Black cohosh was listed as an official drug in the US Pharmacopoeia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Note that it is important not to confuse black cohosh, which has displayed no significant side effects, with blue cohosh, which can cause problems.

Insomnia and anxiety are related symptoms that may result from menopause. Several herbal remedies are commonly recommended, including kava, valerian root and hops. For mood swings, St. John's wort and passionflower are also commonly used. Whatever menopause herbal treatment you might be considering, be sure to check with your physician for possible interactions with other medications.

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