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Menopause Herbal Treatment

During perimenopause and menopause a woman’s body produces less estrogen. The side effects in a woman’s body from this hormone change can cause various symptoms from hot flashes to irregular periods to osteoporosis. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. Some women may find relief from some of these symptoms with herbal products.

Your health care provider might suggest the use of herbs for perimenopause with or without more conventional treatments. Herbal menopause treatment can interact with drugs prescribed by your doctor, so it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor about their use.

Menopause herbal treatment and herbs for perimenopause can help relieve symptoms in some women, but products vary widely and it can be hard to set a standard dose. The following is a list of some herbs that can be used in an herbal menopause treatment or for perimenopause symptoms:

  • Soy Products – Soy contains plant estrogens that act like a weak form of the hormone estrogen in the human body. When taken for an extended period of time in large amounts, soy products may help protect against osteoporosis. Soy can also help relieve menopause and perimenopause symptoms. Soy products may also have risks, so discuss its use with your doctor.
  • Black Cohosh – Another herb that may act like estrogen. It has been used to treat hot flashes, sleep disorders, and depression. Side effects may include an upset stomach and low blood pressure.
  • St. John’s Wort – Used to treat mild to moderate depression. Side effects can include dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, sensitivity to the sun, and cataracts.
  • Dong Quai – This is the most commonly used Chinese herbal medicine for female reproductive system problems. In Chinese medicine it is prescribed with other herbs which are required for it to be effective. It is said to help relieve vaginal dryness, pain during sex, and hot flashes. It can make some women sensitive to sunlight and may affect the amount of time it takes your blood to clot.
  • Evening Primrose – Used by some women to treat hot flashes.
  • Valerian Root – Used to treat sleeping problems. It may also cause muscle spasms or eye problems.
  • Ginseng – Used to help people cope with stress and boosts the immune system. It is said to increase a woman’s desire to have sex.
  • Chasteberry – It is said to increase a woman’s desire to have sex. Some think it helps reduce vaginal dryness and depression.

Remember that the FDA does not monitor or regulate the production of herbal products. Before you start a menopause herbal treatment, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor. The practitioners at Partners in Women’s Health Care are interested in helping you determine a course of treatment that you are comfortable with, works within your belief system, and will relieve your symptoms. Contact PWHC today for an appointment.