Menopause Remedies: Why Natural Is The Better Choice

by Laura Ramirez on April 18, 2011

Menopause Remedies

Menopause remedies typically address common yet severe menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, anxiety and mood swings, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and others. There have been many arguments about the relative merits of prescription medication and natural remedies, usually citing side effects, potential health risks, and costs. Drug companies versus homeopathy or natural cures seems to be the bottom line when it comes to considering what sort of treatments to take to alleviate menopause symptoms. So which one is the right one for you?

It used to be that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was the leading treatment for women entering menopause. It aims to reduce hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and other symptoms by way of synthetic progesterone and estrogen introduced into a woman’s body. However, scientific studies have linked HRT to the heightened possibility of a menopausal woman getting endometrial, ovarian, and breast cancer, as well as blood clots and strokes. This is perhaps one of the biggest reasons why plenty of women are turning to natural menopause remedies as a safer alternative.

Consider the countless generations of women in menopause who have lived in pre-hormone replacement therapy times, and made do with natural and organic means as menopause remedies. They had no antidepressants to treat anxiety and mood swings, no estrogen tablets, creams, patches, injections or sprays to combat hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and night sweats. What they did have in lieu of prescription drugs were healthier lifestyles that included a diet low in, or totally free of saturated fats, too much sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. Fresh fruits and vegetables, tofu and other soy foodstuff, and brown rice are known to be rich in phytoestrogens, which helps alleviate many menopause symptoms. Certain herbs like black cohosh, ginseng, and dong quai are also main ingredients for plenty of prepared natural menopause supplements because of their capacity to manage hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and night sweats without risk of side effects.

One could argue that over-the-counter or prescription menopause remedies are more convenient to take and are backed by medical professionals. However, cases of weight gain and bone loss deficiency due to long-term administering of injectable progesterone, as well as drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, and insomnia because of pharmaceutical antidepressants are becoming commonplace. Sometimes, antidepressants used to alleviate depression, anxiety, and mood disorders during menopause can cause dependency on the drug or introduce new symptoms, which exacerbates them. A better alternative is St John’s wort, a natural mood stabilizer that is non-addicting, and already comes in prepared capsule or tablet form for ease of use. Aromatherapy, massage, and acupuncture also serve the same purpose without posing serious health risks the way pharmaceutical drugs do.

There are natural treatments for virtually anything that ails anyone, including some tried-and-tested menopause remedies. While most of these are not recognized by drug regulatory authorities, they have been around long enough to relieve a lot of menopausal women of symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, anxiety, depression, night sweating, and others.

Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez. All rights reserved.

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