When it comes to menopause symptoms you may be led to believe that your only relief is in the form of hormone replacement. This just isn’t true. There are many natural and alternative treatments that provide relief from menopause symptoms without the potentially harmful side effects that come with HRT.
Acupuncture has long been used to treat a variety of symptoms and ailments. It is most often used to treat hot flashes. However, it’s also effective for treating mood swings, low libido, headaches and insomnia.
Soy is a form of plant estrogen. If you’re sensitive or allergic to soy this is not a solution. However, drinking soy milk and eating tofu and edamame can help increase your estrogen. Specifically, many women who eat soy produce an estrogen called equol. If you’re one of those women then soy can relieve your hot flashes quite effectively.
#3 Flaxseed oil
Flaxseed oil has been used quite effectively as a means to reduce and eliminate hot flashes. The most notable results were with women who took flaxseed daily. Flaxseed also has other beneficial properties including omega three fatty acids. If you take flaxseed be sure to grind the seeds up before you eat them. Swallowing them whole won’t provide you with the benefits.
#4 Black Cohosh
Black Cohosh is the single most commonly used natural remedy for hot flashes. It has a very solid reputation for being both safe and effective. Black Cohosh is normally consumed as a tea or a capsule however you can also ingest black Cohosh oil. It’s also effective for treating mood swings.
Valerian is an herb that is commonly recommended for insomnia. You can drink it as a tea or take it in capsule form. Many natural sleep aids contain both melatonin and valerian.
Meditation is an exceptional tool for a variety of emotional, mental and physical challenges. When it comes to treating menopause symptoms, meditation is primarily effective at helping with insomnia and mood swings.
#7 Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a nutrient that your body produces when it is exposed to sunlight. Most women are deficient in vitamin D. This is particularly true if you live in a cloudy or cold climate or if you’re indoors most of the time. Additionally, because your body doesn’t store vitamin D it’s important to either get outside every day or to take a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D will help with mood swings. It may also help with other symptoms like hot flashes and insomnia.
Also consider massage, yoga, and melatonin to help you relax. The less stressed you are about your changing body the easier it will be to manage the side effects.