Treating Menopause Naturally

December 22, 2009

Replacing HRT

Since synthetic hormone replacement therapy has been linked with breast cancer, women have been on the lookout for a way to balance their hormones without the dangerous risks of drugs. Several different therapies have arrived on the scene, including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, as well as the use of herbs as treatments for menopause symptoms. Herbs that contain phytoestrogens have become very popular because they are an effective way to treat menopause symptoms. Equally popular, are non-estrogenic herbs, which work a bit differently to treat symptoms.

Treating Menopausal Symptoms With Plants

Phytoestrogenic herbs are obtained from plants that contain hormones similar to those found in the human body. While many of the plants that contain phytoestrogens have only small amounts, some contain sufficient quantities to act as a therapy in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Some of these plants also contain amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that can affect and influence the hormonal levels in a woman's body. Some doctors are recommending Phytoestrogens as a replacement for HRT because they work in similar ways. Not only are they effective in the treatment of menopausal symptoms, they are also effective in treating any disorder that is triggered by low estrogen levels, such as osteoporosis, infertility, cardiovascular disease and libido problems.

Plants And Herbs For Treatment

The most popular herb for menopause is Black Cohosh, especially for hot flashes. However, there is some concern that this herb may also stimulate the growth of breast tumors. To treat hormone-related menstrual issues, Dong Quai is used. This herb is also known to have an effect on blood pressure and respiration if it is taken in large quantities. Ginkgo Biloba is the oldest Chinese herb known and is used to treat memory loss and Alzheimer's disease. When used improperly, it can be toxic. Used to treat bronchitis, coughing, and asthma, Red Clover is another phytogestrogen that can be effective in the treatment of menopause symptoms.

Phytoestrogenic herbs are an effective way to treat menopause symptoms and, compared to HRT, are less dangerous and less expensive. However, as with any type of treatment, herbal or otherwise, a certified practitioner should always administer it. Because phytoestrogens add hormones to the body artificially, there is the risk of undesirable results. To reduce the risk of negative side effects from phytoestrogenic herbs, there are non-estrogenic herbs that accomplish the task very effectively.

Non-Estrogenic Herbs For Menopause

Non-estrogenic herbs for menopause are fast becoming a preferred method of treatment. They are recognized by doctors and institutions as one of the best ways to relieve symptoms. They have the advantage of being completely safe and free from side effects.

Plants that are non-estrogenic do not have a chemical structure that is similar to estrogen. These herbs contain nutrients that stimulate the endocrine system to balance hormones, rather than stimulating hormone production directly. Hormones are produced by the endocrine system and when the system is properly nourished, it maintains healthy levels of hormones. These herbs, available under the trade name Macafem, are a safe and healthy alternative to HRT. They do not add hormones, but work together with the body to balance hormonal levels and alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

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