|Natural Approach to Menopause|
by Rishma Walji, B.Sc., N.D.
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Studies have found the herb black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) to be effective in relieving perimenopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and depressed mood. Other herbs, such as red clover, chasteberry, and dong quai are also commonly used in menopause but have not been fully researched. When considering the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and natural hormones, it is important to weigh individual risks and benefits before deciding which route to take. There are many factors involved, so it is necessary to seek the advice of a qualified health care practitioner before using any herbal medicines.
Physical activity has been shown to reduce hot flashes, weight gain, and depression. It is also beneficial for sleep and to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Resistance and weight-bearing exercise, such as weight training, walking, and dancing, are particularly useful for the prevention of osteoporosis, while aerobic exercise benefits the cardiovascular system.
Homeopathic medicine can be used during menopause to address both physical symptoms and emotional responses. Asian medicine is another method of treating imbalances within the body. Both homeopathic and acupuncture treatments are individualized and can be used in conjunction with HRT as well as for those not taking hormonal therapy.
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