Natural Methods for Menopause
By Linda Mackenzie C.H.T., Ph.D. (c)
Menopause is a woman's time of wisdom, power and knowledge.
Cultural background, diet, lifestyle, genetics and knowledge of
the menopausal process play key roles in how a woman will
experience menopause. This year over 60 million women in the
United States will reach menopause. The average age for a woman
to cease having her menstrual cycle and stop reproduction is
51.3 years of age, however, peri-menopause can begin in the late
thirties. An individualized process, no woman experiences
menopause in exactly the same way. Menopause symptoms can range
from none to many and last for varying lengths of time up to a
period of five-years.
The common symptoms of menopause can include none, some or all
of the following:
Vasomotor symptoms include insomnia, palpitations and hot
flashes or night sweats associated with headaches, itchy skin,
dizziness, weakness, numbness in arms or hands; low libido;
vaginal changes of dryness, itchiness, infections or painful
sex; urinary infections or incontinence; irregular bleeding;
psychological factors, such as, depression, anxiety,
irritability, weeping, mood swings; cognitive changes verbal and
episodic forgetfulness; acne; hair loss; facial hair; and weight
gain due to a slower resting metabolic rate and other factors.
Osteoporosis is in fact not a symptom of menopause. However it
is associated with menopause because calcitonin, a thyroid
hormone necessary for bone growth, is reduced because of the
lower estrogen levels.
NATURAL METHODS: A to V
Women who choose not to use traditional hormone replacement
therapy (HRT) may choose to use natural methods to help
alleviate menopausal symptoms. These mind and body methods treat
the whole person to make menopause a more positive experience.
1. Aromatherapy works by using the sense of smell to
generate symptomatic relief of emotional and physical problems.
Oils used as a bath, perfume, massage or inhalant have shown
positive results. For example try these oils for these
associated symptoms: hot flash - rose or peppermint oil; fatigue
-rosemary; low libido -cardamom; vaginal dryness -neroli or
geranium; urinary incontinence -eucalyptus; emotional stress
-lavender or jasmine; and for overall relief -lemon balm, rose
2. Deep Breathing and focusing on the breath activates
the major quieting nerve of the body -the vagus nerve. This
helps to immediately lower blood pressure, heart, pulse, and
respiratory rates to aid in reducing anxiety and overall stress.
3. Diet is one of the most important keys to help
menopause. In parts of India, China and Africa they do not
experience hot flashes. Lesser menopause symptoms are
experienced in countries whose cultures eat a mostly vegetarian,
high fiber, low fat diet. It also includes leafy green
vegetables and fatty acids, such as flaxseed or evening primrose
oil, (which have estrogen properties). They also avoid,
eliminate or reduce caffeine, refined sugar, refined flour and
grains, salt, alcohol, nicotine, dairy products, spicy foods,
artificial colorings, flavorings and preservatives.
4. Education about the menopausal process is the first
defense against menopausal symptoms. In the past, menopause was
shrouded in mystery and often viewed as a negative experience
and a precursor to death. In previous generations our life span
was shorter and communication about menopause was considered an
unmentionable subject. Menopause is a natural part of life.
Eliminate its mystery and misconceptions and women are better
prepared to handle the outcome.
5. Exercise helps to minimize and eliminate menopausal
symptoms, as well as, osteoporosis. Try yoga, aerobics or
walking for thirty (30) minutes, three times a week.
6. Herbs are part of nature's pharmacy. Herbs have many
different properties and certain herbs have phytoestrogen (plant
estrogens) qualities. For example try these herbs for these
associated symptoms: hot flash and night sweats -red clover,
chaste berry (vitex) or black cohash; low libido -panax ginseng
or damiana; vaginal dryness and tissue weakness -yellow dock,
motherwort, or raspberry leaf and calendula cream; urinary
incontinence- garlic, cranberry and saw palmetto; hormonal
balance -black cohash, anise, licorice root, wild yam cream; and
emotional stress -St. John's wort, kava, dong quai, blessed
7. Homeopathy was discovered in the 1700ís and is based
on unblocking the body's own healing system. Homeopathy is a
non-toxic therapy with no known side effects. It is safe to use
in conjunction of traditional, medical, psychological and
8. Phytoestrogens are found in plants and activate
estrogen receptors. There are 3 types of natural estrogen found
in plants: resorcyclic acid lactones found in rice, corn, barley
and wheat which contain beta estradiol; steroidal estrogen found
in rice, date palms and licorice which are identical to the
estrone and estradiol produced in the body; and phenolics which
come in different classes and include isoflavones. In menopause
isoflavones can buffer symptoms of estrogen loss and with the
highest sources of isoflavones being found in red clover,
flaxseed, and soybeans. Other sources include beans, lentils,
black-eyed peas and phytoestrogen herbs.
9. Positive Attitude does the most for menopause. We are
what we think and a positive attitude helps the physical body
combat symptoms. Without fighting change (and this includes any
change) the emotional transition becomes easier.
10. Sexual Activity provides physical benefits for
menopause. It is good exercise and helps hormonal levels,
vaginal muscle tone and lubrication.
11. Smoking Cessation may cause earlier menopause and
smokers may experience higher changes in vaginal atrophy.
12. Vitamin, Mineral and Supplement therapy can help
support the body in obtaining relief from menopausal symptoms. A
good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement, which includes digestive
enzymes, green foods and amino acids, helps the adrenal glands
to lessen emotional symptoms and keeps the immune system of the
body working at peak performance. Here are some
vitamin/mineral/supplement alternatives per symptom: hot flash -
Vitamin E (Remember that D-alphatocopherol is preferred over
synthetic vitamin E), lecithin, Vitamin C, bioflavinoids. Some
studies have found that taking 1200mg.of bioflavinoids and
vitamin C have reduced and eliminated hot flash; low libido -B
complex and octaconsal; vaginal dryness -evening primrose oil;
urinary incontinence -vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, l-glycine,
l-carnitine and evening primrose oil; emotional stress -B
complex, B12, melatonin, 5HTP, l-tyrosine, zinc, l-arginine,
l-lysine, silica, potassium, chromium and bee pollen; hormonal
balance-B complex, DHEA, manganese and niacin.
13. Visualization and self-hypnosis puts the intention of
healing to work using the mind-body connection. Using positive
images, visualization helps to produce positive emotions that
turn into physical sensations in the body. A good example of how
this works is if you imagine yourself at a scary movie, when you
become afraid, goose bumps appear on your skin. Visualization
does the same thing except it uses positive suggestion and
images to produce positive changes in the body. Usually done
once in the morning and before bedtime for 6 weeks visualization
can help eliminate or minimize menopausal physical and emotional
Since everyone's body is different, not one method will work for
everyone. Woman can make the choice for natural alternatives.
They can be women of power, wisdom and knowledge.
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Linda Mackenzie, C.H.T., Ph.D. ( c ), formerly in
telecommunications engineering for the airlines, government and Fortune
1000 companies, has been a God-based psychic since she was eight years
old. She has helped thousands of people on their road to
self-empowerment, self-discovery, and self-healing as a Doctoral
Clinical Hypnotherapist Candidate and through her global radio network
healthylife.net, radio show, radio & TV guest appearances, books, tapes,
lectures, and psychic readings.
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