Carolyn Dean MD ND | Thursday, August 19, 2010
When I first began to experience menopause my hot flashes were heralded by a feeling of impending doom! And no matter how many times it happened, each time was like the first – my mind wasn’t able to say, oh, a hot flash is coming. I just thought the world was coming to an end. Then, the hot flash came, which in itself was horrible, but I welcomed it because the feeling of doom ended.
Yes, you might say I know a thing or two about menopause!
There is no one supplement for menopause. For decades medicine tried to say that synthetic estrogen was the answer then it added synthetic progesterone. But that prescription fell apart when the first proper study ever done on the combination proved it was unsafe.
I do work with clients in my telephone consulting practice using bio-identical hormone and hormone-precursor creams through a saliva testing lab in California. However, they are not always necessary. There are many remedies you can get in your health food store that can bring relief.
Here’s an excerpt from my Future Health Now Encyclopedia.
Natural Hormone Support for Menopause
Many women are under considerable pressure juggling a career, a family and sick or dying parents. Women do most of the work of child rearing and parent‐care compared to their spouses. The chronic lack of sleep that many women suffer also drains the adrenal glands. By the time of menopause, our adrenal glands may be unable to supply the necessary hormones required to make up for the decline of the ovaries.
First, try to get enough rest and sleep and eat a good diet and detoxify. I use LL’s Magnetic Clay. Start with “Natural Clay.” Simply blend up 1/2 to 1 cup of clay in your blender with lots of water and pour that into your hot water foot bath or tub. Soak for 30 min and wash or shower off.
Supplement support for the adrenal glands includes:
1. Desiccated adrenal (from an organic source) taken midmorning and mid afternoon.
2. B complex (food‐based, organic) for the nervous system taken twice daily.
3. Vitamin C complex (food‐based, organic) to support adrenal repair.
4. Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols) to aid circulation and support the liver.
5. A balanced formula for joints and bones includes calcium and magnesium in equal proportions and in angstrom size to prevent osteoporosis.
1. Ginseng: The best form of ginseng for menopause is Red Korean. It enhances estrogen as well as testosterone production. Dosage is 250 to 500mg. Take for 2 weeks and stop for 2 weeks for 3 months.
2. Black cohosh: This herb can treat mild symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, migraines, mood imbalance, heart palpitations and vaginal dryness. The dosage of black cohosh in tincture form is 10 drops in water, two to three doses daily.
3. Vitex: Enhances progesterone production. Dosage: as directed on the label.
Homeopathic remedies such as Sepia and Pulsatilla are very useful for menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes. If you have my Future Health Now Encyclopedia you can look up these two remedies and see which one suits you. You can also consult the encyclopedia to find out more about menopause.
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