Natural medicine for the menopause

nature-can-helpMenopausal symptoms?

  • Hot flushes? Do you want to stand in front of a fan most of the day?
  • Are you constantly feeling like someone left the oven door open?
  • Do you have issues with libido or dryness?
  • Is your hair thinning? Is your skin suffering?
  • Joint pains?
  • Headaches?
  • Mood swings?
  • Forgetful?
  • Is your sleep disrupted?
  • Are you finding it hard to cope with all these symptoms?
  • Not all women experience extreme symptoms of menopause but many do and it can dramatically affect their quality of life.
  • Are you looking for something more natural than HRT?
  • I can help you by prescribing homeopathic remedies that are tailored to your symptoms…

Diet and lifestyle

If you are suffering extreme symptoms, now is a good time to have a look at your lifestyle and diet.  Exercise and a clean diet free of additives and with fresh ingredients cooked from scratch can really help.  Cut down on alcohol (it has a big impact on those night sweats and therefore your sleep).

Menopause is a natural stage of life

Sometimes it’s hard to see the wood for the trees when you are busy trying to keep up with life and suddenly everything seems harder.  If your chosen method of contraception means you don’t have periods then it can be hard to see if you have become perimenopausal.

Don’t suffer in silence, there is a lot that the world of natural medicine can offer and in my experience homeopathy in particular can really make a difference in easing you through this period of change.

Menopause doesn’t tend to happen overnight – it’s a gradual process, a sequence of changes that take you to a new phase in life, and it isn’t an illness or a disorder that should be suppressed.

In the years leading up to the menopause, your egg supply (that you were born with) starts to diminish and your ovaries produce less oestrogen and you stop ovulating monthly.  Your pituitary gland takes this as a signal to release more follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in order to encourage a follicle to mature in your ovaries and release an egg.  It is the higher levels of FSH that your doctor would test for to confirm if you have begun to enter the menopausal period (perimenopause).

The reduction of oestrogen is often seen as an alarm bell for your bone health as your bones need oestrogen for strength so there are concerns about bones becoming brittle and therefore easier to break.  However, at this time our clever bodies begin to manufacture oestrogen from fat cells and adrenal glands (oestrone).

Calcium intake is often seen as a concern but your Calcium/Magnesium balance is really important.  This can be tested for using Hair Mineral Analysis – ask me for some information on the testing.