Menopause herbs that are the most useful as menopause treatments are now going to be talked about briefly in this section.
Some menopause herbs are not only useful in treating menopause but other conditions associated with menopause.
Herbs That Target Menopause Symptoms
There are many herbs that have proven very effective in treating menopause symptoms.
Although I will briefly describe each herb for menopause on its own, and its benefits, it should be noted that in actual fact it is a combination of these herbs in one product that proves to be the most effective… and I can suggest products that have worked for me that contain the right combination of the following menopause herbs.
Menopause Herbs – BLACK COHOSH
Menopause herbs like Black Cohosh contain a natural precursor to estrogen (i.e., the body uses the elements in Black Cohosh as raw materials to produce its own hormones and only in the amount it needs).
Black Cohosh, menopause herbs, have been used for centuries by the native Americans to treat pre-menstrual syndrome, painful menstruation and for menopause. Clinical studies have shown Black Cohosh Root to be effective in relieving menopause symptoms with none of the side effects, because it contains natural estrogen.
In fact, Black Cohosh was an official drug in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1926. It is a tonic for the central nervous system and it is an excellent, safe sedative.
Black Cohosh balances the hormonal system naturally. It is an all round muscle relaxer. It helps bring on menstrual flow, relieve menstrual cramps and ease low back pain that often accompanies menopause. It is indeed one of the premier menopause herbs.
Menopause Herbs – WILD YAM
This can also be called Mexican Wild Yam. The American Indians used the Mexican Wild Yam for birth control. Wild Yam contains a progesterone precursor and these progesterone precursors are used by the pharmaceutical industry to produce progesterone.
Wild Yam, or dioscorea, contains the plant hormone diosgenin which is similar in structure to the adrenal hormone DHEA and the ovarian hormone progesterone.
The plant hormone diosgenin has a balancing effect on the body’s hormones similar to the effects of DHEA and progesterone; therefore, Wild Yam can help overcome the negative effects of declining levels of DHEA and progesterone that occur with ageing.
Natural plant hormones such as diosgenin can be converted into progesterone that very closely matches the molecular structure of the progesterone produced by our own bodies and so is safer to take long term than synthetic hormones.
Wild Yam can also help with fatigue, depression and loss of sex drive. Again, this is one of the primary menopause herbs.
Menopause Herbs – DONG QUAI
A Chinese herb, Dong Quai has been called the queen of all female herbs. This herb has a tranquilizing effect on the central nervous system and gives nourishment to the brain cells. It has been acclaimed to be very effective against almost every type of complaint of the female system.
Dong Quai contains phytoestrogens, or plant estrogens, and has been effective in relieving hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other menopause and PMS symptoms.
Menopause Herbs – CHASTE BERRY
Chaste Berry hails from the Mediterranean and is a herb that has been used for years as a treatment for hormonal imbalances in women. The Chaste Tree Berry is a natural flavonoid that has a progesterone like effect.
It also is effective in altering the neurotransmitters that modulate hormonal levels; consequently, the chaste Tree Berry acts to regulate heavy menstrual flow due to insufficient progesterone production and alleviate mood changes associated with erratic hormone production.
Chaste Berry helps restore a normal estrogen-to-progesterone balance. Chaste Berry has proven effective in relieving symptoms like headaches, breast tenderness, anxiety, mood alteration, bloating and fatigue.
The most important use of Chaste Berry in England is for treating menopause symptoms.