After forty years, especially closer to the age of fifty, the production of specific hormones – estrogen and progesterone in a woman’s body is significantly reduced. Currently, hormone therapy in menopause is one of the most common ways to go, though an average course is prescribed to be taken under the supervision of a physician, because such therapies may have a negative impact on the body.
As it is known, menopause provides a comprehensive adverse effect on the female body, causing disturbances to the cardiovascular system, endocrine system, altering metabolism, in particular, calcium and magnesium salts, which leads to bone fragility and fractures. Fortunately, nature offers plenty of herbs rich in calcium and magnesium salts, granting an opportunity to protect the heart and bones from pathologies during menopause. Therefore, herbal medicine can be an alternative to hormone replacement therapy, or serve as an additional, yet powerful tool. The article will complement the topic covered by our partners from herbal-health.uk, published a comprehensive post on herbal remedies for menopause a few weeks ago.
The herbs to add to treatment armory
In folk medicine of many countries to reduce hot flushes and other climacteric syndromes black cohosh is used. Moreover, as shown by studies the herb contains tamoxifen that inhibits the growth of cancer cells. However, in some fairly rare cases, women who use black cohosh, complain of light-intestinal disturbances, headaches, nausea and weight gain. In this case, the use of cohosh should be abandoned. This way or the other, black cohosh is not recommended to be used more than 6 months a year.
Another popular herb for strengthening the cardiovascular system during menopause is hawthorn. The tincture and liquid extract of the fruit, as well as its extracts of flowers and fruits are typically used to prepare the remedy. Thus, the plant can be brewed as a tea and taken on a daily basis, but with a break in the week after the 8-week course. However, if you have any heart disease, you must first consult your doctor.
Red clover is another remarkable plant featuring estrogens (phytoestrogens), exceeding the content of similar elements in soy in 10 times. The herb not only strengthens heart and lungs, but also helps in the prevention of breast cancer.
Red clover can also be added to the supportive treatment course due to high concentration of calcium, chromium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, phosphorus, vitamins A and C. One glass of infusion contains 375 mg of calcium and 88 mg of magnesium (for comparison: a glass of milk contains only 300 mg of calcium).
During menopause making use of nettle is always a wise decision: it strengthens the heart and bones, making the menopause less painful. The grass contains much calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and other minerals, representing the building blocks of bones. In addition, it contains vitamin D, promotes the absorption of calcium and provides flexibility of bones. A glass of nettle infusion contains 250 mg of calcium and 215 mg of magnesium.