Herbal Menopause Relief
Many women who experience menopause are less concerned about the event
or process itself than they are about easing the symptoms of
menopause...hot flashes, night sweats, hormone swings, and other
Many will seek medical treatment for these issues, but some will prefer
to use some product which provides herbal menopause relief.
Two commonly used herbal menopause treatment products are Black Cohosh
(Cimicifuga racemosa) and Damiana (Turnerna diffusa). While
not technically an herb, soy (Glycine max) is often included in
preparations which combine products for menopause relief.
Let's talk about these three products.
Soy (Glycine max)
Soy is a native eastern Asia species of legume (pea, bean, or fruit).
It has been used in China and other parts of the Orient for thousands
of years both as a food and as a medicine. It's high protein
content combined with other factors have brought soy to the attention
of the western world in the last few decades, again, both as a food and
as a medicine. However, in America and other western
cultures, soy's reputed medicinal qualities have boosted its popularity
among those seeking alternative, more natural forms of treatment or
prevention of various health issues. This has led soy
(Glycine max) to become a big player in the area of natural menopause
One estimate puts the number of North American women alone who suffer
from night sweats and hot flashes during menopause at between 80 and
90%. While these symptoms themselves are enough to make a
woman seek some form of menopause relief, natural or otherwise, their
continuation over the often lengthy period of menopause contributes to
insomnia and its attendant fatigue, and can contribute to depression in
a period when women are victim to their emotions due to huge hormonal
swings as well!
It has been observed that Asian women did not seem, as a group, to
experience these problems at the level of their North American
sisters. In fact, only about 30% of them ever seem to
experience hot flashes during menopause. It appears to many
researchers that their high level of soy consumption is at least one
Studies of soy (Glycine max) indicate that it contains "phytochemicals"
(chemicals which fight illness and disease) and most particularly, a
special form of phytochemical known as phytoestrogens. It is
these phytoestrogens, which are found in soy, which seem to help with
menopause symptoms. In particular, the isoflavone, a
beneficial form of soy estrogen, has been linked to the reduction of
more serious illnesses, such as heart disease and osteoporosis, which
are the bane of many menopausal women.
Soy (Glycine max) is readily available in many foods today, but is also
available in natural and herbal menopause relief supplements.
Some women who do not wish to plan their meals around soy for one
reason or another, feel more comfortable with the supplement
form. For some, it is simply a matter of convenience to be
able to keep what they need in their purse, on a countertop at home, or
in the drawer of a desk.
However, those willing to try soy as a food can try various
combinations of soy, foods prepared with soy or soy flour, soy milk,
tofu, and tempeh. I won't try to describe tofu or tempeh or
differentiate between them. Simply put, they are cultured
cakes of soy which can be consumed alone or as part of a prepared dish
or meal and are common in Asian cultures and readily available in the
U.S. and other countries as well.
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa or Actaea racemosa)
Probably one of the leading, and traditional forms of herbal menopause
relief is Black Cohosh. It is a member of the buttercup
family and is a native North American plant. It is also known
by various other, less appealing, names, such as bugbane, snakeroot,
and rattleweed. Traditional alternative forms of medicine,
particularly among American Indian tribes have recognized Black Cohosh
as probably THE most effective herbal menopause relief agent.
This has led to Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa or Actaea racemosa)
becoming the herb of choice for herbal menopause relief products.
I don't know what it has to do with health, but I found several
notations about insects NOT liking Black Cohosh. Even if it's
not important, now you have a piece of trivia for your next conversational outing. :)
Damiana (Turnerna diffusa)
Not nearly as well known as Soy and Black Cohosh, Damiana is considered
to be a valuable agent among herbal menopause relief
resources. It is a fairly small shrub with small, rather
aromatic, flowers which blossoms in the summer, eventually producing
fig-like fruits, at least in taste. Most feel that it smells
a bit like chamomile. Early Spanish missionaries noted that
Mexican Indians were partial to a tea made from Damiana and sweetened
with sugar. The natives of Central and South America who were
familiar with the plant were probably less interested in its potential
as an herbal menopause relief supplement than in its reputed qualities
as an aphrodisiac. The very popular tea was believed to
enhance lovemaking, and that was enough for them.
It is a fact that today, Damiana (Turnerna diffusa) is still commonly
served as a tea. In addition to its use in herbal menopause
relief supplements, it has long been used to treat a wide range of
illnesses and conditions, including coughs, depression, Fibromyalgia,
low energy levels, emphysema, constipation, frigidity, hot flashes,
menopause, infertility, and impotency...just to mention part of the
list! In the world of alternative and herbal medicines, it is
considered to be of particular importance for dealing with problems in
both male and female reproductive organs.
Herbal Menopause Relief Supplements
As is common with most herbal treatments today, and as mentioned
concerning soy earlier, Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa or Actaea
racemosa) and Damiana (Turnerna diffusa) are no longer hunted for in
the wild but are available in a wide range of natural and herbal
menopause supplements such as one well-known Menopause Relief Product. Other companies have
chosen slightly different preparations for a combination of natural and herbal menopause relief such as is found in Shaklee Women's Health Solutions (Menopausal).
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