Advising women on herbal treatment for menopausal problems forms a significant part of many herbal practices, including mine. As many women will testify there can be a long list of symptoms which often start to get worse from when a woman is in her mid-forties or early fifties.
is no need to endure severe hot flushes or night sweats if you can get some natural and safe treatment. For some, a sense of increased anxiety or having a ‘shorter fuse’ than before is what prompts them to seek treatment. Energy levels can drop significantly, people can experience fatigue and a drop in their libido. If sleep is affected, it can impact our concentration and mood.
Hormonal imbalances can affect thyroid function, with an under-active or overactive thyroid causing marked changes in a person’s condition. The interplay between the thyroid and the reproductive system is well known. For many women, thyroid problems do not manifest until around the time of the menopause. This is because oestrogen enhances the hormone that governs release of thyrotropin (TRH) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).
Many symptoms that present to an herbalist such as fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, reduced libido, sleep disturbance and mood swings are common to both the menopause and an under-active thyroid. Given the close interplay between oestrogen and the thyroid, it is no surprise to find this overlap
There are many herbs that are highly regarded for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. It is a case of working out the right combinations of herbs to help address these problems. It really makes a difference to your quality of life when you can get the support and treatment you need.
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