How To Reduce Menopausal Symptoms & Hot Flashes

Becki W. writes...

"Jeff. Do you know of any natural ways to relieve my damn hot flashes and menopausal symptoms??? Maybe you have lady members of your solveyourproblem team who can help me."

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  • Dong Quai

    Nicknamed the "female ginseng," Dong quai is one of the foremost herbs used in treating symptoms of menopause. Otherwise known as Chinese Angelica, Don quai is an herb native to China and is commonly used in Eastern medicine and cooking. Dong quai increases your level of estrogen because it contains phytoestrogens, which bind to the estrogen receptors in our body. This increased estrogen works to reduce a variety of menopausal symptoms.

    Benefits of Dong Quai

    Don quai dilates blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow. This works to relieve hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Additionally, this herb helps to regulate estrogen levels in your body, which also aid in relieving menopausal symptoms. Also, dong quai is a mild sedative that may help to reduce mood swings and stress.

    How to Take Dong Quai

    Dong quai is available in many different forms; however, the easiest way to ingest the herb is in pill form. The daily recommended dosage is between 400 and 600 mg. The Dong quai root may also be steeped in water to create tea.

    • Maca Root

      The Maca root has been used for centuries in South America, Both the indigenous peoples of South America and the Spanish have used the maca root for centuries. The maca root, when combined with food, was thought to be an aphrodisiac. People still eat it today for its sexual benefits. The maca root, which resembles a radish, is also a great supplement for reducing the frequency and intensity of menopausal symptoms.

      Unlike black cohosh, the maca root does not contain plant estrogens. Instead, it is an adaptogen: it helps to balance out your body’s existing hormone system and encourages the production of hormones. Maca root also contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron as well as Vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, and E.

      Benefits of Maca Root

      Maca root encourages an increase and then a balance between estrogen and progesterone, so it is highly beneficial to women entering menopause. Increasing estrogen helps to reduce hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Maca root may also lead to an increase libido, restoring the sex drive that was lost during menopause. Maca root is also believed to help reduce the effects of memory loss and osteoporosis.

      How to Take Maca Root

      Maca root may be taken in capsule form three times a day, preferably with meals, or it can be boiled and taken as a tea. The daily recommended dose is around 900mg.

      • Ayurveda

        Ayurveda is the science of long life. It is believed to have been practiced in India for thousands of years.

        Promoting holistic medicine with focus on spirituality and balance, Ayurveda stresses that menopause is not an illness that needs treatment but, rather, it is a state of life that should be embraced, learned and traveled freely. As more and more people seek healthier alternatives, Ayurveda is gaining popularity in the US. The Ayurveda approach is a mixture of herbalism and spiritualism, blending together and promoting inner reflection and meditation.

        Ayurveda also encompasses dietary needs and routine, promoting a strong and healthy lifestyle, full circle. Cooking with spices such as cinnamon, coriander and fennel are thought to help with some symptoms, as well as eating cooked leafy greens and small amounts of cumin seed, whereas hot and spicy foods are frowned upon.

        The Ayurveda approach seems quite similar to what recent studies have been revealing; that eating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can keep menopausal inconveniences to a minimum.
         

        Relaxation.

        Relaxation and deep, abdominal muscle breathing has been demonstrated to reduce hot flashes by about 40% when practiced at least twice a day.

        • Motherwort.

          A simple solution to fend off night sweats is to keep a glass of water and a bottle of motherwort near your bed. If you have a night sweat, take 10-15 drops of motherwort then drink some water.

          • Vitamin E & Soy

            There are women who have reported experiencing a really good reduction in hot flashes when taking Vitamin E.

            There have been many women who have ascertained that soy has a convinced effect on hot flashes, whereas many others say that that there is not any beneficial effect. If you try it and it works for you that is really all that matters. If it does not work for you then it is on to something else. Every woman is so different it is a trial and error method when finding natural remedies. It has been indicated that women who ate 60 grams of soy protein per day had a 45% reduction in hot flashes after 12 weeks. You get the right amount of soy intake from approximately 1 cup of soymilk, or ½ cup of soy based tofu, ½ cup of tempeh, or a ½ cup of green soybeans or three handfuls of roasted soy nuts. All of them work just as well as the others, so it will have to be a personal preference of what you prefer.

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