Herbal remedies for menopause have become more popular since we learned that some forms of hormone replacement therapy can significantly increase our risk for certain diseases and conditions, including cancer. Today, there are many popular herbal supplements and alternative therapies that may help many women through the menopause transition.
Soy is one of the most popular herbal remedies for menopause and you can use it in your diet as well as take supplements. In fact, isoflavones, which are found in soybeans, have been recognized by the American College of Obstetricians in that they “may be helpful in relieving night sweats and hot flashes when taken in the short term.” The short term period was defined as two years or less, although some people do take soy supplements for the long term as the isoflavones are also thought to have a positive effect on the lowering of cholesterol. Even if you don’t take the supplements, though, you can still use soy and soy products in your diet.
St. John’s Wort is another of the herbal remedies that menopausal women use to treat symptoms, especially those symptoms having to do with depression. While it is usually just recommended for mild or moderate depression, some women report that it has helped their menopausal symptoms.
DHEA is a hormone produced in the body and it decreases with age. Some doctors advocate the use of the supplement to help alleviate menopausal symptoms, including decreased sex drive and vaginal dryness. While there have been several studies involving DHEA, the results are conflicting. However, many women report feeling an increased sense of well being when using the supplement.
If you are having unpleasant menopausal symptoms, be sure and check with your health care provider. Some doctors, especially DO’s actually recommend some of the herbal remedies for menopause.