Herbs for Menopause
Herbs for Menopause and Hot flashes
By Veena Deo
This article talks specifically about women's problems relating to herbs for menopause and hot flashes and how one can help alleviate these conditions, also a comparison is offered to western medicine.
The women of today has accepted the responsibilities of home as well as the office. But they have their own problems, especially those related to health. These problems restrict one’s potential from being the best. Most common among these, are the problems in those difficult days, which are Menstrual Problems and at a later age menopause and related stress and conditions like hot flashes.
From Menarche to Menopause women face many health problems. Let us see the meaning of Menarche and Menopause.
Menarche: Beginning of the Menstrual function: especially the first menstrual period of an individual.
Menopause: The period of natural cessation of Menstruation occurring usually, between the age of 45 and 50 and a condition associated with this called hot flashes.
Menstrual problems can disrupt life and if they are not treated at the initial stages,can give rise to many other complications associated with the Reproductive System. Following are the menstrual problems that women generally face .
Menorrhagia: Abnormally profuse menstrual flow.
Metrorrhagia: Profuse bleeding from the uterus esp. between menstrual periods.
Dysmenorrhoea: Painful menstruation.
Amenorrhoea: Abnormal absence or suppression of menstruation.
Herbs for Menopause -
Pre-menstrual Syndrome or PMS: Varying constellation of symptoms manifested by some women, prior to menstruation, that may include emotional instability, irritability, insomnia, fatigue , anxiety, depression, headache, oedema and abdominal pain. Tensions occurring as a part of the Premanstrual tension is called as Premenstrual tensions.
At the initial stage of Menstrual Cycle there is a rise in the estrogen level, which causes the lining of the uterus to grow and thickened. At this stage an ovum starts to mature.
In the middle of the cycle, the ovum leaves the ovary and this process is known as ovulation. In the second half of the Menstrual Cycle the ovum starts to pass through the fallopian tube to the uterus. In the second half, level of Progesterone increases. This is how Menstrual Cycle takes place in the body.
Dysmenorrhoea is a commonly occurring problem amongst the women. Women have to face many health problems like abdominal pain, backache, headache, debility, burning sensation in hands and feet etc. When Dysmenorrhoea occurs, due to the stress and strain, following symptoms are noticed like irritation, anxiety, body ache, mood swings, drowsiness etc.
Over exercising, hectic life schedule, malnutrition, smoking, excess intake of brain stimulating depressing narcotics, anemia, debility, emotional trauma, act as precursor for the aforesaid menstrual problems.
Ibuprofen, Aspirin or Naproxin , Beta Blockers - are the medicines prescribed in the Pharma Field. NSAID, birth control pills, hormone therapy can help to encourage a normal regular Menstrual cycle. But all these medicines have side effects.
Menopause: Naturally occurs between the age of 45 to 55. In this stage estrogen level decreases to that point at which the lining of the uterus no longer builds up and menstruation ceases. This is a Menopause. where fluctuation in levels of estrogen and progesterone can cause a variety of symptoms like hot flashes. This is the reason why different women experience different Menopausal symptoms.
Commonly occurring Menopausal symptoms are Hot flaushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, anxiety, panic attacks, wanting to cry for no reason, pain during intercourse, increase in body fats etc.
Estrogen is a female hormone that helps to maintain bone mass. As the estrogen level decreases after Menopause , women get prone to developing Osteoporosis. It was observed that traditional medicines given for Menopause could cause obesity.
Ayurveda based natural herbs based remedies for hot flashes and menopause are effective and safe, while treating the physical and emotional symptoms related to Menstruation.
Aloe Vera: Aloe compound , an Ayurvedic non-hormonal composition, was used successfully to treat disturbed menstrual function and Dysmenorrhoea. Ref: Indian Vet J,1980,57,762; Rajasthan Med J, 1980,19,29
Crocus sativus: Used in Amenorrhoea and Dysmenorrhoea. Ref: J Sci Ind Res 1975,34,644; Nagarjun,1979-80.23,170; East Pharm,1980,23( 272),39.
Symplocos Racemosa: Overcomes vitiated Kapha and Pitta .Useful in Menorrhagia.Helps to arrest abdominal uterine secretions. Ref: ADPS, 279;IMM,1187.
Woodfordia fructicosa: Effective in uterine diseases especially in Menorrhagia. Ref: IMM,1295 -1296; Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants,1956,CSIR,259; ADPS,130
Saraca indica: Oxytocic activity of the plant was seen in rat and human isolated uterine preparations. Estrogen primed or gravid uterus was more sensitive to the action of the alcoholic extract. It is used in the treatment of excessive uterine bleeding. Also used in Dysmenorrhoea.
Withania somnifera or Ashwagandha: In case of Menopause, is very effective to relieve problems related to stress and strain. Helps to maintain vitality and stamina and boosts immunity. Prescribed in all cases of general debility, nervous exhaustion and loss of muscular energy.
Nardostachys Jatamansi: Useful in Menopausal problems of stress and strain. The herb counteracts the effect of mental stress ,anxiety related disorders by its tranquilizing action. Ref: Handa SS,1994, Pharma Times, v 26(3) , 17-25 ; Kuppurajan K et al, 1992, J of RES in Ayur and siddha , v 13( 3-4),107 -116
Herbal stress relief products that have Ashwagandha, Bacopa and Jatamansi can provide help with menstrual problems including menopause and hot flashes naturally, without any side effects. Also, Turmeric Curcumin products should aid in cramps related to above conditions.
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Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Docor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information and on herbal supplements is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org