Menopause for women starts generally between the age of 45 and 50. Sometimes it may start before 40 and last as long as 55. A woman’s period is irregular, becoming less frequent, and will finally leave during this time, or women may have more frequent periods with heavier bleeding. In other cases the period becomes lighter and more watery, often becomes darker with clotty discharges, and can become mucus-like.
Also during this time the face grows round, the breasts sag. Others lose weight and severely wrinkle. The face gets more hair. The hair of the head thins, as well as the posture. The uterus and ovaries recede. The ovaries and eggs turn to connective tissue. The function of the ovaries changes as well as hormones. Often the uterus sags; prolapse is common. This is why many women get hysterectomies. It is for this very reason you must not forget how important the care of your pelvic area is.
Signs and symptoms associated with menopause
Blood pressure elevated; blood sugar changes; breast lumps; breast sagging; breast cancer; cholesterol high; depression; facial hair, excessive; hair loss; heart disease; heart palpitations; hot flashes; incontinence; insomnia; memory decreased; mood changes; nausea; night sweats; osteoporosis; periods, heavy, light, or, irregular; sex drive low; skin changes; thyroid problems; urinary tract infections; uterine cancer; uterine fibroids and/or polyps; vaginal dryness.
Hormone replacement vs natural treatment
HRT (hormone replacement therapy) has many negative effects that are listed by Dr. Lee in a chart included in these notes. It is quite a list.
ESTROGEN hormone replacement is popular because it produces fast results in treating hot flashes, vaginal dryness and thinning, and osteoporosis. It has also shown to improve emotional symptoms in some women. There is much controversy as to heart and cardiovascular benefits.
There is considerable research that shows that hormonal replacement therapy alters monthly cycles, causes cancer, liver disease, and increases risks of gallbladder disease. It has been shown to produce depression and promote or cause uterine fibroids. Interestingly, some research shows it causes cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and even blood clots (strokes)!
The choice really comes down to know your options and being informed about them. Some doctors take the risks in stride and call them acceptable as your hot flashes and other symptoms subside. It is the old “cost versus risk” equation.
PROGESTERONE replacement therapy is also very popular with almost every one as progesterone crèmes touted as “natural.” The fact is that there are no natural progesterone crèmes, PERIOD. They are derived from Wild Yam in a laboratory. It comes out as a chemical just like any other drug. By mouth or by skin it is a drug. Some studies show that it reduces the risks of uterine cancer. They also show that it negatively effects cholesterol, blood sugars, can cause high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. It also changes the emotions and causes breast cancer. Remember, it is the game of cost versus benefit. Do you want to play the game? Even if these drugs may help you to feel better, there are three important risks:
- They atrophy your glands. If you don’t use them, you lose them.
- They damage your feedback mechanisms (a constant bombardment of hormones may damage your receptors).
- Cellular hormonal resistance is dead-ended and the cells no longer respond. (There’s no natural ebb and flow or hormones.)
If these problems cause permanent damage, you may be stuck on drugs until you die!
BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES doesn’t mean natural, just more specific drugs. They are usually compounded at a special pharmacy and like all drugs can treat symptoms quickly, especially hot flashes, vaginal thinning and dryness, and might even treat a low sex drive. They have many of the same drawback as normal hormonal replacement therapy. OK, OK, so now you have heard the bad news.
THE GOOD NEWS IS – all you have to do is help your body work the way it is supposed to and nature will take away most of the symptoms of menopause! The rest of this class is the good news how to help your body to function and do its job.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NATURALLY. Help the body to produce its own hormones and then everything works better on its own. The main goal is to get the adrenals to produce the right amount of estrogen will give some aid to hormonal problems.
Dietary changes are important to preserving liver integrity. The liver is the major player on producing hormonal changes. Liver damaging goods are tobacco, alcohol, coffee, black tea, and soda pop. Using specific herbs, cell salts, and homeopathics will contribute for optimal health. Then you can go through menopause gracefully.
Herbs for Menopause
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Dr. Christopher’s Hormonal Changease – herbs traditionally used to balance female hormones.
Black Cohosh – regulates estrogen and promotes healthy uterine health and can reduce hot flash symptoms. hot flashes, depression, vaginal dryness, PMS, irritability, fatigue.
Damiana – depression, hormones, sex drive, energy.
Dong Quai – hormonal balance, breast fibroids, PMS, menopause, liver, upper respiratory, cardiovascular, Raynaud’s syndrome. It may reduce hot flashes.
Eleutherococcus (Siberian Ginseng) – Adaptogenic (helps the body adapt to stress or energy needs), menopausal symptoms. Adrenal glands, energy, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal.
Melissa (Lemon balm) – calms heart palpitations and the nerves, stress, depression, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, digestion, menstrual cramps.
Mistletoe – used in Europe for cancers, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress. Not for pregnancy.
Motherwort tincture – heart, palpitations, lowers blood pressure, menstrual problems, PMS, menopause.
Passion flower – anxiety, insomnia, heart palpitations. Painful menstruation. Drug withdrawal, epilepsy, sedative.
Suma – menopausal hormone symptoms such as hot flashes as well as gaining more energy.
Vitex – for PMS, depression, endometriosis, and normalizes estrogen and progesterone levels.
Cell Salts to Help with Menopause
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
for symptoms of weight gain, bloating, tiredness, lowered sex drive
#2 Calc Phos 6X – digestion support
#6 Kali Phos 6X – nervous conditions
#7 Kali Sulph 6X – hormonal issues
for symptoms of hot flashes
#4 Ferr Phos 6X – heat flushes and inflammatory conditions
#6Kali Phos 6X – nervous irritability
#7 Kali Sulph 6X – hormonal issues associated with liver imbalances
#12 Silicea 6X – sweating and heat conditions
Menopause Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
I suggest the 30c potency, used up to several times a day. Select one or more remedies.
Sepia (#1) – Anxiousness in the chest, restless, moody, anemia, headaches. Low sex drive. Voice changes, irritable and apathetic. Constipation, hemorrhoids. Uterine prolapse, must cross legs. Yells and screams at family. Wants to be alone. Chronic eczema and psoriasis. Heart palpitations in the evening. Hot flashes day and night. Headaches in the left eye. Liver spots. Yellow saddle across the nose.
Pulsatilla (#2) – fearful, whiny voice, wants to be held. Symptoms are changeable or alternate. Mucus conditions including sinus, bronchitis. Liver or gallbladder problems shown by an inability to tolerate fats. Varicose veins with inflammation. High sex drive from fear of abandonment.
Calcerea carb (#3) – obesity, cold damp feet, fears of bad news. Weak ankles. Menses heavy, early. Uterine polyps. Sweating itching burning in genital region. Thick milky yellow vaginal discharges. Heart palpitation.
Aurum metallicum – stress from financial problems. Suicidal feeling. Flushes of blood to the heart and head. High blood pressure. Bluish red face.
Conium – nervous exhaustion, circulatory disturbances, fear of being alone, trembling, cold sweat on the head; lower abdominal itching; sun sensitivity; uterine prolapse; effects from repressed sex. Breast fibroids, tumors, cancer. Stitching pains in nipples.
Gelsemium – fear getting up in front of groups; dull headaches. Heart problems; red face; cold hands and face. Headaches with a rush of blood to head. Dizzy, shaken bruised feeling. Flu-like symptoms. Low back pains. Uterus feels squeezed. Sex painful from tight vaginal muscles. Weak heart sensation.
Graphites – obesity, skin scars easily, or eczema with honey-like discharges. Constipation and light period, with corrosive white watery discharges. Menopausal depression, weight gain. Crying, low self esteem. Hot flashes that starts from below to upper body. Sweating is bad smelling and sour. Periods become irregular, months apart. Exhausted, apathetic.
Lachesis – hot flashes and sweating, especially at night, with burning on top of the head. Profuse bleeding. Can’t stand anything around the neck. Intense, talkative, jealous personality. Bi-polar symptoms. Problems left-sided. Left ovary problems. Tight throat. Low or high blood pressure. Varicose veins. Craves stimulants. High sex drive. Uterine fibroids. Heart palpitations; insomnia.
Natrum muriaticum – feels sad, depressed and isolated from grief. Craves salt. Dry skin. Clear runny nose. Fever blisters. Genital herpes. Low sex drive. Dry burning sex. Uterine prolapse. Symptoms from disappointed love.
Platinum met – heavy periods with pain. Constipation. Arrogant attitude. Hypersexual. Painful, sensitive genitals. Too early too profuse menses with dark clots. Uterine prolapse, fibroids, cancer. Burning ovarian pains.
Source: Dave’s Healing Notes