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Article by Claudette Wadsworth

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Claudette Wadsworth Qualified Naturopath
Herbalist
Nutritionist

Natural Fertility Specialist
ThetaHealing Practitioner
40 Grosvenor Street
Bondi Junction
NSW
Australia 2022
(02) 9389 3689

Menopause

Abstract: The mid-life changes of women are seen as synonymous with ageing and disease. However, menopause can be a time of self-empowerment for women and a rewarding and positive experience. Natural effective remedies do exist for menopausal symptoms without the side effects of hormone replacement therapies.

Menopause

The mid-life changes of women are seen as synonymous with ageing and disease. However, I like to view these transitional years as marking the beginning of the second half of a woman’s life, often a time of self-empowerment and certainly a natural process (not a disease) that can be a rewarding experience and a positive event in a woman’s life. 

Hot flushes & sweating

These are due to the oestrogen decline, to Lutenizing(OK) hormone surges in response to the decline, and indirectly to exhausted adrenal glands that cannot adequately take over the role of hormone production from the ovaries. 

Sage is a wonderful herb specifically for flushes; a popular home remedy is to chop 6 fresh sage leaves, soak them overnight in lemon juice, strain and drink the juice for 7 - 10 days. Two other beneficial Chinese herbs are Astragalus(OK) and Zizyphus (OK) as well as vitamins C, B5 & B6 for nourishing the adrenal glands.

Vaginal, skin and eye dryness

Black Cohosh(OK) is the herb that works best, and there have been a number of open and double-blind trials in Germany to verify its traditional use for alleviating these symptoms. Vitamin E is the most important vitamin for menopause and older women in general. Simply opening a vitamin E capsule and applying it locally to the vagina is effective as well.

Fluid retention

Both celery and parsley freshly squeezed juices daily work well. Or try dandelion leaf tea which is available at most health food stores.

Depression & anxiety

St John’s wort (Hypericum)(OK) is widely used in Europe. It is prescribed by doctors in Germany and has been the subject of many scientific studies. It helps restore the integrity of the nervous system, calm anxiety, and is anti-depressant. However, it cannot be taken with heart medication, other anti-depressant drugs (SSRIs) or HIV medication. 

Additionally, oats is specific for depression and anxiety as it nourishes the nervous system. Even having rolled oat porridge or muesli for breakfast will make a difference.

Poor Memory/concentration

Gingko and rosemary both increase circulation to the brain and our extremities and are therefore great for memory as well as low libido.

Lifestyle Recommendations

– Wear layers of light, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres that can be easily removed;

– Avoid overheating the body by extremely hot baths or saunas, hot chillis & spices, alcohol & coffee; 

– Balance your weight so that you are neither underweight nor overweight;

– Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, massage, breathing, aromatherapy;

– Moderate weight-bearing exercise (not swimming) maintains bone density,  strengthens the heart and improves mood: do 1 hour 3 times a week.

Vital questions to ask yourself during this perimenopausal time:

What is out of balance in my life to cause these symptoms?  How do I feel about going through menopause? Are there fears of ageing, growing old or having no purpose? Do I still have a career that I enjoy? Maybe my children have grown up and left. Or is it a time to revalue and reassess my life and see it as the beginning of a new stage filled with opportunities? 

Certainly, it is a time that the body is producing new-found energy, perhaps only needing to be channelled into a new hobby or pursuit, rather than have it work against you. Often it is a time to put your needs and desires first, maybe to fulfil a dream or ambition that you haven’t previously had an opportunity to do, taking advantage of your years of life experiences and wisdom.

By Claudette Wadsworth

Naturopath, Nutritionist

Bondi Junction  02 9389 3689

CBD Sydney  02 9268 9000

www.claudettewadsworth.com.au

13 Mar 2013

Last Update: 1 Sep 2013

Article/Information supplied by Claudette Wadsworth

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.

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