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9 natural remedies to ease menopause symptoms

As a practising medical herbalist for over 38 years I have successfully treated literally hundreds of cases of peri menopausal and menopausal women. The herbs I use and the dosages vary between cases dependent on the array and severity of symptoms presenting and the patients typology, age and other factors.

I use the herbs in combination never alone and tailor the dosage to the patient.  I use many other herbs besides the ones below listed such as Hypericum, Atropa, Gelsemium, Withania, Eleuthrococcus, Soya, Fem 45, Agnolyt being a few. But always in combination!

Here's a list of the main ones;

Ginseng:  (Panax ginseng) An adaptogen containing terpinoids. It relieves stress acts as a tonic, reduces hot flushes, improves sleep and the ability to concentrate and cope.  

Sage: (Salvia officinalis) In combating excessive sweating during the menopause, the anecdotal evidence of (Salvia officinalis) on sweating and hot flushes is significant. However, there were no studies until 2010 when a Swiss study found that the average number of hot flushes dropped by half within 4 weeks and by 64% within 8 weeks. Women with severe and very severe hot flushes had even greater benefits, with 79% and 100%, respectively, seeing improvements.

Black cohosh:  (Cimicifuga racemosa). Effective hot flush remedy reducing hot flush occurrence, intensity, and duration. Acting as an oestrogen modulator, or it may act on dopaminergic system, it contains cimicifugin. Also, useful for achy joints and rheumatic pains experienced in this condition.

Red clover: (Trifolium pratense) containing isoflavones which mimic oestrogen so lowering the incidence and intensity of hot flushes.

Wild yam: (Dioscorea villosa) contains dioscine, a phytoestrogen. It acts like DHEA, a precursor to human sex hormones. Also, Dioscorea is used for the muscle and joint pains often accompanying menopause. Many menopausal women use creams containing wild yam. I personally think that used in a combination with other herbs as a tincture is more effective, having over the years tried both methods.

Skullcap: (Scutellaria lateriflora) For menopausal symptoms of mood swings and depression and menstrual neurosis. I rarely make a tincture for women going through menopause with mood swings without including this herb.

Valerian, (Valeriana officinalis) For stress and anxiety and to aid sleep. Invaluable

Chasteberry: (Vitex agnus-castus) containing kaempferol and other flavonoids and viticin alkaloids.  For menstrual neurosis, a long side Valerian and Hypericum. Vitex is thought to work on the pituitary-hypothalamic axis. It is essential.

Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) For muscle and joints pain as well as back pain in women suffering from menopausal it provides sufficient pain relief.

Again I just want to stress the importance of using these herbs in a combination to get the maximum effect, on their own they dont always have the desired outcome. 

By David Melrose, Medical Herbalist and Osteopath.

To book a consultation with David contact the clinic on 0208 9423148

David also treats patients at Harley street every Friday afternoon. 


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