Perimenopause also called menopausal transition is the stage of women’s reproductive life that begins years before menopause. It can start in women’s early 30s or even 40s when ovaries begin to produce less estrogen.
Perimenopause lasts until menopause, say for months or up to 10 years. You may experience menopause like symptoms such as irregular periods, fatigue, urine leakage, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, breast tenderness, mood swings, urge to urinate, difficulty sleeping and decreased sex drive.
You may notice menopause symptoms just 12- 15 years before you periods stops. The most effective way to relieve your symptoms includes relaxation, a rich diet followed with regular exercise and yes! Some important herbs too help to relieve your symptoms. Below given are a few herbs that will help you.
Herbal Remedies For Perimenopause
Black cohosh also known as bugbane or black snake root is used in medicines as an aid to treat menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, sexual problems, night sweats and mood swings.
Black cohosh is taken in form of capsules, tablets, tinctures or powders. 30- 40 mgs per day is advisable for menopause symptoms.
Green tea is a natural tea which helps to boost energy during menopause. The polyphenols and antioxidants present in green tea helps to relieve you from sleep irregularity, night sweats and hot flashes. You need to include 3-4 cups of green tea daily in your diet. It is a very simple procedure, just pour boiling water over leaves and let it steep for about 10 minutes, drink it without adding milk or sugar.
Gingko biloba also known as “Japanese silver apricot” or “fossil tree” is an ancient herb that contains flavonoids and terpenoids which are considered to be potential antioxidants. These antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals and boost circulation, which seems to be a good news for menopausal women.
Menopause is often treated with HRT (hormone replacement theory) which has many side effects including breast cancer, but gingko extract has estrogen activities that is suitable as harmless alternative to HRT (hormone replacement theory). you can take 50-60 mgs of gingko biloba extract twice daily to get rid of menopause symptoms.
Dong Quai is a Chinese herb that has been used for more than thousand years and is referred as female ginseng because it play as a key role in balancing effect on female hormonal system and is useful in treating menopausal symptoms like menstrual disorders, cramps night sweats and hot flashes. Dong Quai is available in capsule, tablet and tincture form. The easiest way to take this herb is in tea form by simply steeping Dong Quai root in water.
Soy contains good amount of estrogen and therefore works excellent in relieving menopause symptoms such as mood swings, night sweats and hot flashes.
Not only this, it also makes your bones stronger and lowers cholesterol levels. Breast cancer patients should avoid using this kind of herb.
St John’s Wort
St John’s wort herb is used successfully for perimenopusal symptoms in women. It helps to lift up your mood during menopause. Moreover, it improves low sex drive, which is a common symptom of menopause. Results have shown that people who took St John’s wort had a faster reduction in hot flashes than those who went for placebo. Standard dose taken for St John’s wort is 300 mg three times a day.
Many other herbs like alfalfa, red clover, dandelion root, eucalyptus oil, rosemary, peppermint, chaste-berry, evening primrose oil, ginseng, flaxseed and sage is useful in treating symptoms of perimenopause.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.