More than two-thirds of women experience menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability and tiredness. It is quite common for women to turn to natural supplements and remedies as these symptoms can last for a few years.
Here are 5 natural remedies for menopausal symptoms. Please remember to speak to your primary care doctor before adding supplements to your diet.
There are a variety of herbal supplements available that exist solely to help manage symptoms caused by hormonal fluctuations. For example, Women’s Rhythm is an herbal supplement that helps maintain a balanced menstrual cycle while reducing symptoms like cramping, bloating, and hot flashes. We recommend meeting with a Chinese Medicine expert to discuss which symptoms you are trying to tackle and which herbal supplements will help you.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that is based on maintaining a healthy flow of vital energy—known as qi—through the meridians of the body. Many women have reported long-lasting results after eight treatments, including reduced hot flashes and night sweats. A licensed acupuncturist will try to help you with all of your symptoms, not just the common ones.
Phytoestrogens are a natural plant compound that mimic the effects of estrogen in the body. One study found that diets high in phytoestrogens helped to reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and the severity of hot flashes and night sweats. Phytoestrogens can be found in soy products, sesame seeds, beans, and flaxseeds.
Black cohosh is derived from a species of buttercup. Some studies indicate it may help with mild hot flashes, night sweats, and helping women fall asleep and stay asleep. The herb is also used for mood management and is easily found in supplement form.
Many women report caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods as triggers for their menopausal symptoms like hot flashes. In addition, alcohol and caffeine are diuretics that encourage dehydration and can aggravate hot flashes. Try to keep a balanced diet, avoid triggers as much as possible, and stay well hydrated.
There are variety of other things women need to pay attention to while going through menopause, like calcium and vitamin D intake for osteoporosis, weight gain, high cholesterol, and memory problems. All symptoms should be discussed with your primary care doctor before seeking natural remedies.
If you are interested in learning more about natural remedies for menopausal symptoms, contact Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center today! From acupuncture to herbal supplements, there are several ways we can help you or a loved one combat those unwanted menopausal symptoms. Give us a call or contact us online today!
BY: Dr. Friedman
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