Womens Health

Herbs for Menopause

Phytoestrogenic Herbs

Two types of herbs are being used today to treat symptoms of menopause - and they're both doing a great job. The first type, phytoestrogenic herbs are herbs which contain phytoestrogens, plant hormones similar to human estrogen. While there are several different herbs that contain phytoestrogens, only a very few contain significant enough levels to be effective in humans. Also, other compounds such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals can be found in some plants making them useful influences in women's hormonal levels.

Natural Estrogen Replacement

Menopause is the cessation of menses in women and occurs generally around middle age. Symptoms may begin much earlier, during perimenopause, and persist for years. During menopause, a woman's body is unable to produce enough estrogen and phytoestrogenic herbs work by supplying the body with needed estrogen, replacing natural hormones with phytoestrogens. This type of therapy is an excellent alternative to HRT, since they both work the same way.

All This and More

There are medical conditions which often accompany low estrogen levels and herbs containing phytoestrogens are often prescribed to help alleviate symptoms, not only of menopause, but of other disorders as well. Phytoestrogenic herbs may be used to help with menopausal symptoms as well as to increase estrogen levels. They can help prevent osteoporosis, promote fertility and improve sexual function as well as protect against cardiovascular disease. Such herbs as black cohosh, dong quai, ginko biloba and red clover, have all been proven to be effective in the treatment of menopausal symptoms.

Non-Estrogenic Herbs

On the flip side of the coin, there are non-estrogenic herbs which are now becoming more recognized as very effective and perhaps the best option for dealing with menopausal symptoms. Non-estrogenic herbs, along with being effective, have the advantage of being entirely safe and free from side effects.

Non-estrogenic herbs are, as their name implies, herbs which do not contain any chemical structures similar to estrogen. There are many and varied types of non-estrogenic herbs, but only a few have the necessary nutrients to stimulate the endocrine system into balancing hormone levels. Hormone imbalance is the state which occurs when the woman's body can no longer produce adequate estrogen. Non-estrogenic herbs stimulate the endocrine system in the body to produce estrogen, rather than replacing it with estrogen from another source.

And They Work Too

Like phytoestrogenic herbs, non-estrogenic herbs are used to alleviate menopause symptoms, but can treat any condition caused by low hormonal levels. This would include the prevention of osteoporosis, the promotion of fertility, improved sexual function, and protection against cardiovascular disease and, in the case of non-estrogenic herbs, the nourishing of the endocrine system.

Effective for Treating Menopausal Symptoms

Recent research by medical professionals suggests that certain non-estrogenic herbs are a safe and effective alternative to HRT. Their difference is that they do not add hormones, but work with the body to produce what it needs to minimize menopausal symptoms. Macafem is the optimal herb for the job, having no side effects or health risks as it balances hormones and relieves symptoms.


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