Menopause is a natural stage that every woman goes through in her life. It is the beginning of a life shift where you may feel anxious, concerned and irritable. While menopause may create many challenges for women and can be a very difficult time in a woman’s life, there are indeed many natural remedies for the relief of menopause-related discomfort. Follow us as we navigate through menopause together and provide you with the solution to help relieve symptoms associated with menopause, ease nervous tension and keep your bone healthy, strong and resilient.
There are three benchmark stages to a natural menopause and they are perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Perimenopause, also known as menopause transition, is the stage of a woman’s reproductive life that begins several years before menopause, it is when the ovaries gradually begin to produce less estrogen and 50% of women will experience hot flashes. Then comes the menopause, the permanent end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and fertility, it is the stage where periods ended and a new chapter of your life begins. At this stage, women will be having a lot of menopausal complaints such as hot flashes, vaginal atrophy, low sex drive, mood swing, sleep problem etc, quite often, depression will knock at your door as well. After menopause, women will be entering “postmenopause stage” where the risk of osteoporosis increases dramatically.
Having said that, menopause is not as scary as you think only if you could incorporate the following natural ingredients to your supplement cabinet.
Black Cohosh, a member of the buttercup family, is a medicinal root used in Traditional Herbal Medicine to ease nervous tension and relieve symptoms associated with menopause. It is also widely used in U.S. and Europe to alleviate symptoms of hot flashes, sweats, irritability and vaginal dryness. It has shown to have an 80% improvement rate in women with hot flashes, excellent for supporting the therapeutic efficacy of relieving symptoms of menopause.
Dong Quai has been used for thousands of years in Chinese Medicine for women’s health, cardiovascular conditions, headache and fatigue. It is helpful as a natural sedative for the relief of insomnia, irritability, and depression associated with menopause. Besides, Dong Quai is also used as a natural remedy for problems such as headaches, poor circulation, and indigestion caused by poor blood flow. Dong Quai invigorates and harmonizes the blood and eases women in their transition into menopause.
Vitex is considered as one of the most popular herbs in Europe and other Western nations for the support of gynecological imbalances. Modern clinical researches have shown its amazing ability to help establish a proper balance between estrogen and progesterone. It has hormone regulating effect and is particularly useful in the perimenopause stage to help settle hormone fluctuations. Vitex works by supporting and regulating the pituitary gland to stimulate the production of luteinizing hormone (LH) while inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), leading to an indirect increase in progesterone and a normalization of prolactin levels. Low levels of progesterone contribute significantly to menopausal symptoms and the ability of Vitex to increase the secretion of luteinizing hormone which results in an increase of progesterone levels helps to alleviate menopausal symptoms.
Ginger has been used to relieve symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, racing heartbeats and mood swings during menopause. It has antispasmodic properties and is effective in relieving menopausal aches and pains caused by hormonal changes and decline in estrogen.
Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D3 and B6
Vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D3 and B6 all have positive effect on bone mineral density in peri- and postmenopausal women. Clinical studies show that Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin B6 reduce anxiety-related menopausal symptoms such as nervous tension, mood swings, rapid irregular heartbeats, sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety. It also has preventative effects against bone fractures and osteoporosis. Vitamin D intake of 200IU per day is clinically proven to be sufficient to limit bone loss in the spine and reduce osteoporosis risk associated with menopause.
Besides taking the 8 ingredients mentioned above, eating a well balanced diet of fresh foods and vegetables, engaging in regular physical exercises, and taking the time off your busy schedules to treat yourself to a spa all contribute to a smooth and healthy menopausal transition.