Best 10 Herbs for the Relief of Menopause Symptoms

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7. Alfalfa

This herb is so rich in minerals and nutrients that it is sometimes called the father of all plants. It has roots that go as deep as 30 feet, so it gets nutrients and minerals deep in the earth that most other plants never even get close to absorbing. Some women claim that it can really help with menopause symptoms, especially mood swings, although there are few scientific studies to support these claims.

 

8. Evening Primrose

This is another highly effective herb that is native to North America. Evening primrose (oenothera biennis) seeds are rich in GLA (gamma linolenic acid), which is an essential fatty acid. This plant has been used since the 1930’s as a treatment for skin conditions such as allergic reactions and eczema, but it’s been used most recently to help inflammatory conditions, diabetes, even in stopping certain types of cancer. The oils from this plants seeds are said to relieve breast pain, mood swings, PMS, and night sweats. Studies show that this supplement is very effective on other types of menopause symptoms as well, including hot flashes and headaches.

 

9. Valerian Root

Valerian has been used for hundreds of years for many different purposes. Native to Europe and Asia, the flowers were once processed for perfume in the 16th century and have a long history of being used for body aches, convulsions, headaches, migraines, and insomnia. Scientific research shows that the root of this plant has effects on the GABA neurotransmitter activity in the brain. A 1989 study shows that valerian root has very similar effects on GABA receptors in the brain as benzodiazepine drugs do. Valerian root has a history of relieving hot flashes, insomnia, anxiety attacks, and muscle tension.

 

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10. Chaste berry

Chaste berry, sometimes called Monk’s Pepper, is native to the Mediterranean and Central Asia. It has been used historically to increase milk production and relieve menstrual problems. Women today take it as a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Studies show that chaste berry can help stop PMS, breast pain, and infertility. Because it has effects on hormone levels, women who have had breast cancer or have a family history of breast cancer, should not take chaste berry.

You can also try simple lifestyle changes that are known to help many women with their menopause symptoms, such as getting some light yet regular exercise and avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Many women say that yoga and meditation are extremely helpful as well.

Always consult your doctor if you have any questions about taking herbal supplements or if you are already taking prescription medications.

Sources:

Medicinenet.com

Womenshealth.about.com

Webnat.com

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