The goal of any alternative therapy program for menopause should be twofold: eliminate the bothersome symptoms, and to prevent the degenerative ailments.
Some health practitioners report that plant-derived synthetic hormones work as well as Premarin and more closely resemble human hormones than those made from mare’s urine. Others, including many womens’ health activists and practitioners of alternative medicine, suggest a more natural approach such as:
Black (not Blue) Cohosh – Black Cohosh is fairly well studied in Germany, where it is used to treat hot flashes.
Wild Yam has grown in popularity. Read the labels before you purchase. Unfortunately, misleading labeling and marketing practices has infiltrated the Natural Foods Industry, creating a great deal of confusion for women attempting to make educated purchases of wild yam and progesterone products. The inaccurate marketing of Wild Yam extract as a precursor to progesterone (it is chemically impossible for the body to convert the diosgenin of Wild yam into progesterone) are two common labeling confusions.
Soy products may also provide some relief. But before you start stocking up on Soy products, be sure you really understand the consequences to your health. Too much of anything can have harmful effects on your health; especially soy.
Don quai contains phytoestrogens , or plant estrogens. Phytoestrogens have been shown to be helpful in relieving hot flashes. Precautions: May cause sensitivity to the sun.
Anxiety / Depression – Skullcap eases anxiety associated with menopause. Also, passion flower and valerian root are recommended for their extraordinary calming properties, along with chamomile, catnip, and peppermint teas. I’ve used valerian root for muscle spams in my back and neck, and if you can get past the “Damn!… This stuff smells like sweaty gym socks” issue, it really does work!
Vaginal Dryness – Vaginal creams that release low doses of estrogen can alleviate some discomfort. Sometimes the delicate tissues vagina may become irritated, causing itching, burning and general discomfort. Homeopathic remedies for vaginal discomfort include Lycopodium and Kreosotu.