Menopause is characterized by a variety of symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and irregular periods, to name a few. There are a number of ways you can treat menopause symptoms. Natural treatments include exercises such as yoga, or consuming more herbs, such as soy, Chinese ginseng and American black cohosh. Herbal remedies are becoming an increasingly popular method of treatment for the symptoms of menopause.
Black cohosh is an herb native to North America whose curative properties have recently been recognized for their effects on menopausal symptoms. It has estrogen-like properties, which help balance hormone levels in the body, reducing the severity of menopausal symptoms. Black cohosh supplements are available as capsules, tinctures, and teas, and can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.
Ginseng is a phytoestrogenic herb, and helps treat the symptoms of menopause the same way as black cohosh. Ginseng is found in America, China, and Korea, and has been used as an alternative medicine for centuries. Its energizing properties mean it can also fight fatigue and drowsiness, as well as combating other menopause symptoms.
Dong quai is native to Japan, China, and Korea. It's commonly used for gynecological problems, as well as menopausal and menstrual symptoms, due to its phytoestrogen content. However, dong quai also acts as an anticoagulant, which means it can thin the blood. This makes it unsafe for those with certain pre-existing health conditions, and should not be taken with aspirin, or other drugs with anticoagulant properties.
Macafem differs from the above herbal remedies. It doesn't contain phytoestrogens, nor simulate estrogen in the body in the same way as black cohosh, ginseng, and dong quai. Instead, it stimulates natural hormone production, encouraging the body to produce its own estrogen.
Herbal remedies are a popular and effective way to treat menopause symptoms. They are easy to incorporate into your daily diet, take effect quickly, and are a natural solution to the menopause symptoms.
Some of these herbs to have side effects, so always consult a doctor to see if you are taking any medication or have a medical history that may react unfavorably with them. Phytoestrogenic herbs should not be taken consistently long term, as they can lead to a decline in the body's estrogen production over time.
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