Menopause occurs in every ageing woman, although not all women get menopausal symptoms. Not many people realise that with the right health care, diet and natural health management menopausal symptoms can be avoided.
In the menopausal transition, menstruation slows and then eventually stops, due to ovarian function decreasing and ovulation ceasing. The ovaries are the main source of oestrogen production in the body, so as they cease to function oestrogen levels decline.
This decline in oestrogen is the cause behind the menopausal symptoms of hot flushing, night sweats, depression, vaginal dryness and loss of libido in many menopausal women.
These symptoms can range from mild to debilitating, deeply affecting the lives of many women.
Naturopathic Treatment of Menopause
As menopausal symptoms are a result of rapidly dropping oestrogen levels, naturopathy aims to support oestrogen production in the body. This is done with the use of oestogen modulating herbs, which support the production of oestrogen within the body.
Symptoms can be reduced with the use of herbs and nutrition in as little as a week. Menopausal symptoms respond very well to naturopathic treatment, with most patients able to notice changes in a short period of time.
Certain foods in the diet can help to balance hormones. Phytoestrogens, naturally occurring oestrogens found in plants, are found in many foods. Daily intake of phytoestrogens such as fermented soy products, flaxseeds and legumes can help to support oestrogen balance within the body.
Conversely, there are some things that can make menopausal symptoms worse, such as coffee and refined carbohydrates (sugar and white products). Women often report an improvement in hot flushes simply by reducing coffee intake.