Menopause or the "change of life" is the time of a woman’s life where the ovaries stop producing eggs, resulting in the cessation of menstruation. Associated with this natural process is a reduction of blood and tissue estrogen and other sexual hormones. Many symptoms are associated with menopause, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Treatment Plan for Menopause
While this time of life can signal a transformation to a more spiritual phase of life accompanied by its own joys, the modern emphasis on youth has sometimes created a feeling in our society that menopause is to be feared or avoided. Thus, synthetic estrogen and other hormones are used to extend sexual youthfulness. The use of these hormones is controversial–it is still not known for certain, though it is suspected, that they can increase the risk of breast cancer. Though studies show that the hormones can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, this can be accomplished with natural methods, like increased exercise, proper diet and herbs, with less risk and more benefit to overall health. The most widely used herbs for easing symptoms are hormone regulators, herbal estrogen support, and uterine blood moving herbs. Blood building herbs, digestive stimulants and tonics for the nervous system, adrenal system and immune system are also helpful, when there are deficiencies of these systems.