My Five Best Herbs for Menopause
Posted on 13 October 2020 by Leonie Satori
In this article, I discuss My Five Best Herbs for Menopause. It goes without saying, that natural medicines are the way to go for alleviating discomfort associated with hormone imbalances. There's a lot of herbs around these days, and as a practitioner Herbalist I have access to many more than you would, say if you were buying products from your local health store or online. Drawing knowledge from Eastern and traditional Western Herbal Medicine, I think Herbalists these days have a lot more in their tool kit to help with menopausal symptoms than conventional medicine.
Your average retail selection of herbs for menopause includes red clover, black cohosh and dong quai and maybe a few others, but, there really is so much more that Mother Earth has to offer. In consultation, I select herbs specific to an individual person's health needs, and I have found that every woman is different when it comes to (peri)menopausal symptoms.
If you have every Googled 'perimenopausal symptoms' or 'menopausal symptoms' you will realise that there is a list of symptoms as long as your arm, and it is often challenging to identify the correct remedy or herb for an individual. Individual complexity aside, I have however, found that there are five key herbs that I keep coming back to, these are the herbs that I find most reliable and valuable for rebalancing the body when a woman is transitioning into the wise woman years.
So, My Five Best Herbs for Menopause
Paeony (Paeonia lactiflora): pretty as, well, a paeony, this Chinese herb has a history of use with all kinds of hormonal imbalances. One of the best medicinal herbs for equipoise of the endocrine system, Paeony comes into it's own with menopause and associated muscle spasms or memory issues. In traditional Chinese herbal medicine paeony is considered a blood and nutritive tonic and is often prescribed for night sweats or menstrual irregularity.
Saffron (Crocus sativus): yes, really, it is what you think it is, its made from those tiny little threads from saffron flowers. It is a bit pricey, but, hey, some of my clients are pretty special. In Ayurvedic terms, Saffron is tridoshic, meaning it is balancing for all of the three constitutions (vata, pitta, kapha). It is also a great liver and digestive herb, making it ideal for all round energy, vitality and wellbeing. This potent herb is often used only in low dose, to enhance the tonic action of other herbs in formulation and brings a brilliant yellow colour to formulations.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is an Ayurvedic herb with soothing and nourishing qualities, really, this herb is great for women through any time of their life. It is great for digestion too, but the real clincher for this herb with menopause are the benefits for soothing the urinary tract. In Ayurveda, shatavari is a rasayan for pitta dosha, providing nourishment for blood and the female reproductive system, and I love using this herb where there is depletion of energy.
Sage (Salvia officinale): this common culinary herb is used in Western Herbal medicine for it's drying qualities, and in menopause it is one of my most effective, go-to herbs for hot sweats. You can easily grow sage in your garden, make it into a tea and chill it on a summer day or add it to cooking. To get that real therapeutic dose though, I like to use it in herbal tincture form selected with other herbs to create a synergy of balance and harmony for clients.
Rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa): is one of those herbs that only herbalists talk about, it is one of my many favourite herbs for the endocrine system and I find it useful for women stepping into perimenopausal symptoms. This herb is termed an adaptogen - helping with the body's adaption to stresses, a great addition to an herbal for menopausal symptoms. The balancing qualities of this herb comes from it's history of use with menstrual irregularity, which is a common symptom for woman in perimenopause.
If you are like me, you might find it easy to get excited about the properties of herbs, their uses and applications. However, before you race out and look for these herbs from your local health store, I encourage you to go to your local Herbalist or Naturopath to discuss your health concerns. The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only, it is not intended as a substitute for proper health advice from your health practitioner.
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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