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Alternative Medicine for Menopause

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

From herbal supplements to homeopathic remedies. From good dietary habits to acupressure. There are many alternative therapies for menopause this lesson discusses.

Menopause

Menopause is a stage in a woman's life when she stops having her monthly period (commonly defined as 12 consecutive months or more). To be clear, menopause is largely seen as being irreversible. Thus, this lesson isn't about 'curing' or, more technically, reversing menopause. It's about alternative therapies some people believe help them manage the signs and symptoms related to menopause.

This lesson is going to review a multitude of alternative therapies available for these signs and symptoms. The efficacy of most have not been scientifically proven, so make sure to consult with a doctor prior to using any of them!

General Organ Health

Let's start by looking at some ways some people believe their organ health can be improved. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil supplements or flaxseeds might help improve a woman's skin health and heart health. If the woman's heart is experiencing palpitations, especially if they stem from anxiety, then acupressure point Pericardium 6 can be stimulated for this or the woman could try an herb called motherwort.

If the person is undergoing hormone replacement therapy, she could try milk thistle to help detoxify her liver and body in general. Hormone replacement therapy refers to the use of 'female' hormones to help manage the signs and symptoms of menopause.

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Two of the most well-known signs and symptoms of menopause are hot flashes and night sweats. Hot flashes are usually sudden feelings of heat that are sometimes accompanied by reddening of the skin. Night sweats can cause a person to perspire so much that their clothing and bedding are soaked with sweat.

There are quite a few alternative therapies for these. Some believe that consuming flaxseeds or soy protein powder helps reduce hot flashes. Others claim that the following herbs will do the same:

  • Black cohosh
  • Chasteberry, which might also help with heavy periods
  • Maca
  • Pueraria mirifica, which might also help with night sweats
  • Sage, which might help with night sweats as well
  • Rehmannia, which could also help reduce night sweats and provide an overall cooling effect for the body

Those more interested in homeopathic remedies might look into Belladonna for hot flashes and Calcarea Carbonica for night sweats. Acupressure fans could consider using pressure point Governing Vessel 24.5 for hot flashes.

Just a word of caution: hot flashes might be worsened in some people after ingesting spicy foods or alcohol.

Memory, Mood and Concentration

Menopause is also associated with various brain-related changes involving memory, mood and concentration. There are a lot of alternative therapies for this as well. They include dietary supplements such as:

  • DHEA, a kind of hormone that might improve memory and mood
  • Ginkgo biloba might help a person's memory and concentration
  • St. John's Wort may help with depression

Acupressure points like Governing Vessel 20 may help with memory. Bergamot or jasmine oils could lead to an improved mood and Patchouli oil can help a person relax.

Relaxation & Other

For those looking for relaxation-based alternative therapies, you could try an herb called ginseng, which might also help improve a person's energy. Lovers of tea can either have valerian root-based tea or some tea composed of chamomile, peppermint and passionflower to help them relax. Acupressure practitioners might want to consider Conception Vessel 17 for relaxation.

If you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines then homeopathic remedies are available. They include Lachesis and Natrum Muriaticum.

A good general hormonal balance might be maintained in the body with Geranium and rose oil as well as plant based-foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, and beans.

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