Menopause usually begins during the 40s or 50s and can last for a few years. During that time there can be many symptoms which will vary in intensity and from person to person. There are other reasons that may trigger an early menopause of which the symptoms will still be the same. There are many conventional and complimentary treatments to consider including acupuncture, homeopathy and reiki and herbs can also help. Here are some of the top herbs used to treat menopausal symptoms.
Korean Ginseng has been used traditionally for many years to help with fatigue and energy levels. Some studies suggest it may also help concentration levels. Korean ginseng can also help to cope with stress, something very useful during the menopause!
Chamomile has a gentle calming effect, which makes a nice cup of tea before bedtime and may help with sleep and anxiety.
St John's Wort is perhaps one of the most well known herbs and is used frequently for mild anxiety and to lift depression linked to the menopause. Some will find that St John's Wort works well when also combined with black cohosh, which together may lessen hot flushes and lift your mood.
Black Cohosh is used to treat vaginal dryness and has been researched more than many of the other herbs used for menopausal symptoms. It can be taken orally or as a pessary.
Maca can improve sexual function even though there is little research and evidence to back the reports of many women up. It has been used for centuries in some communities to treat low iron levels, infertility and menopausal symptoms.
Valerian is another plant that may help with insomnia, although it may take some weeks before any effect is felt. Some people may feel the opposite effect and be more stimulated from it.
Always make sure it is safe to use any complimentary medicines. This is not intended as medical advice.