Can a Naturopath Help with Menopause?
Posted on 12 September 2020 by Leonie Satori
One of my most frequently asked questions: "how can a Naturopath help with menopause?" is a welcomed and very valid question, especially when considering women's health. As a natural health practitioner, I keep several tools in my healthcare kit for helping with symptoms, in particular, for those experiencing hot flushes, anxiety, night sweats or any of the other symptoms commonly associated with menopause and perimenopause.
Although each practitioner is different with the modalities they use in clinic and their experience with working with women's health, I see Naturopathy as one of the best ways to re-balance health and hormones and adjust mentally and physically to the transition of menopause.
The foundation philosophy of Naturopathy is to support the body's natural healing process and giving the body signals to trigger health and wellbeing. This philosophy is in keeping with Mother Nature, using natural remedies including food and nutrition, herbal medicine and lifestyle practices are the core to whole health healing.
Herbal medicine is one of the oldest medicines known to man and this fascinating modality is the key for my Naturopathic practice. Today, herbal medicine is termed as phytotherapeutic medicine and focuses on evidence based medicine (EBM). Personally, I like using a combination of traditional herbal medicine practices and modern EBM knowledge. The combination of old and new allows me to bring both practical treatment and textbook knowledge into custom made formations. While there are a few herbs that are well known for their use during menopause, such as Black Cohosh, Sage and Red Clover, I work directly with individuals to make use of herbs from Eastern and Western traditions to custom make herbal remedies, specific for an individual's health needs.
Food is considered our first medicine, and when it comes to health and wellbeing during menopause, this becomes one of the most effective tools for alleviating perimenopausal symptoms. Along with specific dietary measures, a Naturopath, such as myself with often use nutritional supplements to support the body's natural healing process. I have learned in practice that just a handful of well chosen nutritional supplements are necessary for health and vitality. If you are already on too many supplements, I suggest that you look at our Supplement Consolidation Service, this service is designed to simplify and save time and money on nutritional and herbal supplements.
In my clinic I also like to make use of flower essence remedies, these help with emotional wellbeing and serve as a great adjunctive remedy to use alongside more physical remedies. These are great for dealing with issues of anxiety, frustration and anger (associated with menopause or not), and help to get to the root cause of emotional imbalances.
Another modality that I like to use in face-to-face consultations is vibrational remedies, I find these work well to help with energetic healing and can help to address health issues from a more gentle viewpoint. I find the benefit with these kinds of remedies, my clients experience deeper understanding and knowledge of themselves and is often the trigger for more spiritual journeys through menopause and beyond.
So, essentially, in answer to the question "can a Naturopath help with menopause?" the answer is a resounding yes. Rather than looking at menopause as a disease condition, a Naturopath will use natural remedies to encourage natural healing and easing of symptoms. The modalities explained here are the ones that I personally use in my practice, however, other practitioners may be trained in additional modalities to maintain health and help the with attaining greater vitality.
Obviously, as I am a Naturopath and Herbalist, my own viewpoint may seem a little biased. However, what are the other options for a woman who is experiencing the symptoms of (peri)menopause? Yes, there is hormone therapy. Yes, there is the 'grit your teeth and bear it' approach. But it doesn't have to be that way, there are so many options and so many different natural therapies that can help to alleviate discomfort. If you are ready to take responsibility for your health and ready to plunge into greater happiness and vitality, then Naturopathy and natural medicine is the key.
About The Author
Herbalist and Naturopath, Leonie is the owner of Sundala Health and brainchild of the Sundala Signature range of products. With a passion for women’s health and a down-to-earth approach, Leonie guides her clients through health challenges, to help them reach optimum vitality.
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