On March 24, 2014, Manalapan health Examiner Stacey Chillemi researched a variety of alternative methods and herbal supplements that have been used for centuries to prevent or reduce the symptoms of menopause. Some of these time-honored remedies are showing promising results in research studies. Here is a rundown of some of the most popular natural remedies for menopause.
In a survey of herbal and alternative medicine used during menopause were recently published. Here are the findings of the surveys:
In a telephone survey of 886 women, 22.1% used an alternative therapy to manage menopausal symptoms. In this survey, 9.1% used stress management techniques, 13.1% used over-the-counter herbs or supplements, 0.9% used chiropractic, 2.6% used massage therapy, 7.4% took dietary soy, 0.6% used acupuncture, and 2.0% saw a naturopathic doctor or homeopath, and 1.2% saw an herbalist. Women were generally satisfied with alternative therapies.
Among the women who used alternative therapies, 89-100% found them to be somewhat or very helpful. Soy was the most common dietary supplement used for menopausal symptoms.
The top three supplements with the best results used for menopausal symptoms were:
- Soy (29%)
- Ginkgo Biloba (16%)
- Black Cohosh (10%)
Supplements, however, were not as effective at reducing hot flashes: 63% of women using HRT alone reported relief of hot flashes compared to 30% of women using dietary supplements alone. The group using a combination of HRT and dietary supplements noticed an enhanced improvement in vaginal dryness, libido, and mood compared to the women using HRT alone. Women using dietary supplements alone had the highest perceived quality of life. Women using a combination of HRT and dietary supplements had highest overall feeling of control over menopausal symptoms.
Other herbs that help menopause are Alfalfa Leaf, American Ginseng, Chaste Berry, Damiana, Evening Primrose, False Unicorn Root, Hops, Horny Goat Weed, Korean Ginseng, Maca Root, Red Raspberry and Sarsaparilla.
Suggested by the author
- Black Cohosh Plus® (Relief for Menopausal Mood Changes)
- EstroFactors® (Promotes Estrogen Balance, Relieves Hormone-Related Symptoms)
- Estrovera™ (Clinically proven, non-hormonal menopausal symptom relief)
- Fem EstroPlex® (Early Menopausal Support)
- Wellness Essentials® Women's Prime (Advanced Nutritional Support for Menopause and Beyond)
- OmegaGenics™ Evening Primrose Oil