Women’s Health – How to Treat Menopause Naturally
A normal part of every woman’s life, menopause is the point after a woman no longer has menstrual periods: it is diagnosed 12 months after the last menstruation cycle. Fortunately, there are homeopathic remedies for menopause.
Though menopause is diagnosed by the length of time since a woman had her last period, symptoms can begin several years before that. Here are the symptoms to look out for:
- Trouble sleeping
- A change in menstruation cycles: they might be longer, shorter, heavier, or lighter
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Digestive problems
- Joint issues
- Hormonal and emotional responses
- Focus issues
- Losing hair on your head and growing more on your face
This is by no means an exhaustive list of menopause symptoms. In fact, there are typically 34 classic symptoms associated with menopause. It sounds like an oddly-specific number, but it’s quite common to experience some or all 34 symptoms.
Causes for Menopause
Women typically experience menopause after the age of 45, and before the age of 52, when hormonal changes begin to take place in the body. The ovaries will stop producing both estrogen and progesterone.
Menopause doesn’t happen any other way; it’s a purely hormonal process. The female reproductive organs are the only ones that experience menopause. Women also lose the ability to reproduce during menopause, as their menstruation is interrupted.
If you have a hysterectomy, expect to experience menopause almost immediately after your surgery. This includes the removal of just one ovary, as well as the entire removal of the uterus (hysterectomy). Once those reproductive organs are removed, the hormones are no longer being produced.
Homeopathic Remedies for Menopause
Menopause can’t be cured. All women with female organs will go through menopause. Fortunately, though, there are treatments to reduce and manage the symptoms.
Here are some natural ways to ease menopause symptoms.
Medical cannabis and/or CBD can help with a variety of symptoms, including menopausal ones. Every woman’s experience with menopause is different, so you might not have the same symptoms as your mother or co-worker did.
Thankfully, cannabis is a one-size-fits-many option and will target many different symptoms with the same product.
Cannabis works by working with our body’s endocannabinoid system, a biological system every human being (and every animal) has. The endocannabinoid system is made up of receptors, which are made to receive cannabinoids. CBD is an example of a cannabinoid, along with THC. You may have also heard about CBG, CBN, and CBC. These are just a few of over 100 known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
There are two kinds of receptors, CB1 and CB2. Each of these receptors works a little bit differently and are located in different parts of the body. CB1 receptors are densely populated in our brain, nervous system, and spinal cord, while you’ll find CB2 receptors in the major organs, immune system, and digestive tract.
Menopausal women might find cannabis to relieve their achy joints, help stabilize their mood, improve sleep, and increase focus.
If you’re interested in exploring cannabis or CBD to support you during menopause, book an appointment with Heally. If you’re in a legal state, we will help you get a medical marijuana card. If you’re not in a legal state, you can still utilize hemp-derived CBD available on the Heally marketplace.
Eat Phytoestrogen-Rich Foods
Eating phytoestrogen-rich foods might reduce symptoms of menopause by balancing hormone levels, according to some research.
This study, for example, showed diets high in soy were associated with reduced cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and less severe hot flashes and night sweats. Soybeans, tofu, tempeh, flaxseeds, and sesame seeds are all examples of foods high in phytoestrogens. The amount of phytoestrogen-rich foods eaten in Asian countries like Japan is thought to be the reason why menopausal women rarely experience hot flashes in these parts of the world.
There’s plenty of debate about soy and whether or not it’s actually healthy for you. Some believe the higher amounts of estrogen can pose health problems, especially in men. Others are careful to only eat non-GMO, organic soy, as most commercially available soybeans are genetically modified.
We know weight loss happens with regular exercise, but with menopause, it goes beyond that.
While women tend to put on a few pounds during the menopausal stages of life, especially in the abdomen, hips, and thigh area, exercise helps more than just weight loss.
Exercise can improve mental health, supercharge your sleeping patterns, increase your energy and metabolism, and support healthy joints. This study found women who exercised three hours per week for one year experienced greater physical and mental health, as well as a greater quality of life. Exercise also decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, according to the CDC.
Don’t want to join the gym? That’s okay! There’s plenty of ways to exercise at home, you don’t even need any equipment to do it. Start by watching videos on YouTube or other platforms to learn body weight exercises. Once you are comfortable with body weight exercises, you can invest in home equipment if you choose.
There are plenty of ways to exercise, the key is to find activities that you enjoy so you’re more likely to stick to them.
Find Homeopathic Remedies for Menopause
If you’re interested in a natural treatment for menopause, Heally will connect you with a homeopath who will treat you with homeopathic remedies for menopause.