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Herbal Treatments For Menopause Symptoms

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken herbal oestrogens do they work?
    I am getting symptoms of menopause like night sweats, aches fuzzy head dizzy spells etc, that point to a drop in oestrogen levels, I thought about trying the natural herbal oestrogen replacements, but there are so many. Has anyone taken them and did they actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      In the UK, a recent national guideline from Clinical Knowledge Summaries states that "CKS does not recommend the use of complementary therapies". The reasons include:

      * They have not been shown convincingly to work very well.
      * There is very little control over the quality of the products available, which may vary.
      * Some of these treatments (ginseng, black cohosh, and red clover) have oestrogenic properties and should not be used in women who should not take oestrogen (for example, women with breast cancer).
      * Long-term safety (for example, effects on the breast and lining of the uterus) have not been assessed.
      * Some may have serious side-effects. For example, severe liver damage has been reported with black cohosh and Java. Kava has been withdrawn from the UK market because of concerns over safety.
      * Dong quai and some species of red clover contain chemicals called coumarins, which make them unsuitable if you take anticoagulants (such as warfarin).

      A consensus statement from the British Menopause Society also states ...

      "This guidance regarding alternative and complementary therapies is in response to the increased use of these strategies by women who believe them to be safer and more ‘natural’. The choice is confusing. Evidence from randomised trials that alternative and complementary therapies improve menopausal symptoms or have the same benefits as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is poor. A major concern is interaction with other treatments, with potentially fatal consequences. Some preparations may contain estrogenic compounds, and this is a concern for women with hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast cancer. Concern also exists about the quality control of production."

      For night sweats you could try Clonidine. You need to have a chat with your GP really.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can acupuncture help with chronic pain and menopausal symptoms?
    What are the best alternative methods to help cope with chronic pain and menopause. On HRT but is there a better one for me?

    • ANSWER:
      Chinese Medicine can help with chronic pain and menopausal symptoms. Acupuncture excels on its own for the treatment of pain. However, a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine is generally more effective for menopausal issues.

      Chronic pain will often *start* responding to acupuncture within the first or second treatment.

      Menopause treatment can take somewhat longer to start showing more lasting positive effects.

      If you are in the United States you can find a board certified acupuncturist in your area at: http://www.nccaom.org

  3. QUESTION:
    What do you do if your mom is going through menopause?
    Okay im a teenager with a mom who i think is going through menopause. seriously its hell. she picks on me all the time and doesnt give a break. she has weird moments which i never saw b4. how do you deal with this?

    • ANSWER:
      What you can do is to communicate openly with her about her physical and emotional condition. You may suggest her to talk about her symptoms and how they affect her mood with other women who experience menopause before. Try to establish some mutual rules for resolving family issues and avoiding unnecessary conflicts.

      You also can suggest her to take some herbal menopause treatment like the one mention in our website which will help her to relief menopause symptom.

  4. QUESTION:
    What's the best thing for menopause symptoms, that you can buy over the counter?
    There are so many things on the shelf loaded with vitamins and herbs. What really works? Does anyone have any experience with these. I'm over 40 and had a total hysterectomy at 37. I'm on the patch, but my GYN doesn't want to raise it. I still get hot flashes, and I'd like to go natural. I also take a progesterone pill at night.

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to suggest Menozac which is one of the best menopause symptom relief product on the market. Why?

      First, because it is made to meet pharmaceutical standards. Second, it uses only the finest, most bio-available natural nutrients. Third, every production batch is tested in a lab to ensure its purity and potency.

      Even some herbal experts also highly recommend using this type of herbal, safe and natural menopause treatment. By taking this natural alternative you will avoid the side effects and health risks, and help treat your symptoms naturally.

  5. QUESTION:
    Has any woman experienced an enlarged uterus due to menopause?
    My mother has been "sick" for about a year now. She finally went to a Dr and had multiple tests run including a pap. It was during the pap that she learned her uterus was the same size as an expecting mother 20 weeks along! Of course a preg test was done--negative(she 56 so very relieved). She had an ultrasound and the results revealed nothing. She had pollups removed and tested but they to revealed nothing as to why she has been so ill. Her symptoms are a fever every evening and she is extremely achy. Her doctor told her that the enlarged uterus was most likely caused from Menopause. Has anyone else ever heard or experienced this? If so, what course of treatment or remedies helped? I would like her to get a second opinion just incase. Any information you have regarding her situation would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I am 37 and have started the hot flashes ect..absolutely miserable! About 3 years ago I was told that I had an enlarged uterus as well but fear has kept me away from the Drs office..I know thats a bad thing to do. I use a lot of homeopathic and herbal remedies for other things which have really worked when some of the prescribed medications didnt. You might have a look on this site. http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/7776/MENOPAUS.HTM#rem%20for%20menop I was just looking at this yesterday funny enough.

  6. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there tired of these awful menopause symptoms?
    Hate these (blankity-blank) Hot flashes. Feels like my head is on fire. Ugh!!!!

    I hate getting old, but I guess considering the alternative, I guess it's ok.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Roz. I'm answering from the male perspective (I've had night sweats), and from an empathetic perspective - I have 5 sisters in various stages of menopause and a partner (Sassy) who just came off hormone replacement therapy and into the pit called menopause after a cervical cancer scare. And before going any further - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines. People? Not so much.
      Sassy found a silver bullet for her hot flashes - venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor) - although it did cause a dry mouth as a side effect. It was originally a prescription drug used to treat depression, but recently it was approved for use in treating menopause symptoms; many doctors aren't even aware of that use for the drug. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may work for you too. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary - or it may not work at all.
      Regardless, Sassy and I put together a web page (below) with comments about diet, herbal remedies, and some other ways to get relief from night sweats, hot flashes, etc. Keep in mind that herbal treatments for night sweats and hot flashes can be broken down into two categories: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs, and each has their proponents. Hope this helps.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is hair loss a symptom of menopause?
    I turned 49 in August. I've had noticeable hair loss for at least the last 6 months. Wondering if this is a symptom of menopause or if I need to consult my doctor about this.

    • ANSWER:
      it is hard to say! it will be better if you will visit your doctor!!

      anyway as we know hair loss can be caused by many different reasons! There are many causes of loss of hair such as stress, poor nutrition ,medications, thyroid dysfunctions, illness, fungal infections ,hormonal problems, to mention a few.

      year ago I suffered very much from dandruff and hair loss too and I started trying everything you can imagine to stop my hair loss.
      the things that really worked for me was:

      1) Vitamin A - an anti-oxidant which promotes healthy production of sebum in the scalp;

      2) Vitamin E stimulates circulation. Good blood circulation in the scalp is important in keeping hair follicles productive. The 'B' vitamins contribute to melanin, which gives hair its healthy color and also stimulates blood circulation;

      3) massage is also beneficial. Massage stimulates circulation. As already noted, good circulation in the scalp keeps hair follicles active. Experts suggest a few minutes of daily head massage by hand. Circulation through massage may be improved by using a few drops of lavender or bay essential oil in an almond or sesame oil base with massage;

      4) Try rubbing your scalp with garlic juice, Onion Juice or Ginger Juice(you can either of one out of three, Do not mix any of two or three);

      5) also he used herbal treatment - TrichoZed or Provillus (do not use Rogaine - it will not work!)
      Those are a good products that helps prevent hair loss and contains Biotin and the clinically tested ingredients approved by the FDA to help re-grow your hair.! I think it is very important!

      It worked and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry TrichoZed but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here

      http://www.trichozed.info/ingredients.php

      (TrichoZed™ will produce noticeable hair growth in 30 to 45 days. A consistent use of TrichoZed™ ensures permanent results within 6 months. Further use shall maintain optimal health of your hair.)

      and here

      http://www.provilluss.info

      (Provillus™ will produce noticeable hair growth in 40. A consistent use of TrichoZed™ ensures permanent results within ~5 months.)

      It enhances hair growth by blocking DHT (Dihydrotestostrone) - a major cause of hair loss!

      Also Informative video about Provillus - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ydvCHhbRkk

      good luck!

      not only my own personal experience + working as a family physician

  8. QUESTION:
    Can you get a rash from Menopause?
    I am getting this rash that really itches all over my neck and chest. Can it be related to Menopause? Or maybe and allergic reaction to something?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Stephanie

      Here are a few ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Although most rashes are not symptoms of a serious health problem, they can be signs of allergies, liver and gallbladder problems, lupus, bleeding disorders, nutritional deficiencies, and autoimmune diseases.

      Rashes can also be due to the elimination of toxic wastes through the skin, or of an active immune reaction to an invading organism. Suppression of such a rash can lead to chronic disease states. Rather than try to suppress the rash, in such cases watchful waiting may be more advisable.

      Caution: If your rash becomes chronic, forms a "butterfly" shape over your cheeks, or is accompanied by high fever and joint pains, seek immediate medical attention to rule out more serious illnesses.

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      Natural Cures

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate any foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat an organic, whole foods diet, with plenty of green leafy vegetables and yellow vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Also drink plenty of pure, filtered water, and avoid all processed foods and chemical food additives.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically to the affected areas.

      Herbs: The following herbal remedies can speed healing: A tincture of equal parts burdock root and gentian root, the fresh juice of coriander, and/or aloe vera juice or gel.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Belladonna, Sulfur, Graphites, and Calc carb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink fresh squeezed vegetable juices on a daily basis, especially carrot, beet, radish, and garlic juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful to speed healing: vitamin A and vitamin E (both orally and applied topically over the affected areas), vitamin C, essential fatty acids (EFAs), flaxseed oil, and amma linolenic acid (GLA). In addition, add half a teaspoon of baking soda to water and drink every fifteen minutes. Do this three times, and then every two to three hours for two to three days or until the reaction subsides.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating rashes: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Detoxification Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy (Hydrogen Peroxide), and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  9. QUESTION:
    I am 26 years old and for the last 3 months i have been getting constant hotflashes , blurred vision, headache
    dizzyness, extreme fatigue, depression, and breast tenderness. I have been on yasmin 28 for years and recently switched to seasonique ( which is a 3 month treatment with menstrual cycles every 3 months.) But what is puzzling is the symptoms were occurring way before my switching the pills. Is there a possibility that i am going through menopause? What is wrong with my body>? Are there certain vitamins or herbals or even other meds that can cause these uncomfortable side effects or maybe some that might even help diminish them>?

    • ANSWER:
      Women can go on the menopause as early as 16, so go see your doctor to see what is up. It is more likely to be something else causing this. Maybe a problem with your hormones, perhaps you're pregnant, or there is something wrong with your ovaries and so you are not getting enough oestrogen. See your doctor!

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anyone get a fever when they are at home all day?
    I find it strange how when I stay home in the house doing nothing all day my body temp peaks... Not a fever but higher than my average. For example it will go from 36.4C to 37.2C and I feel nauseous with a hot flash.... I'm only 21 years old so no it's not menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      this is not the age of menopause but for hot flash i can give you a suggestion .please read it carefully.

      Herbal Menopause Remedy – The China Herbs That Can Help Control Hot Flashes

      Menopause is a very delicate condition and acknowledging that not just one treatment will fix every woman’s condition is the first step in finding the personalized solution to take care of yours. The symptoms of menopause have many factors to take into consideration. It is important to pin point what your individual symptoms are and to try to find out what triggers your symptoms the most. With the help of Chinese menopause herbal antidotes, you can help your kidneys function properly. It is said that the female’s kidney lends a huge hand in the ability to give birth, have a satisfying sex life, and to help keep your reproductive organs healthy. When you went through puberty, an increase in kidney chi happened by a burst of blood flowing to the uterus. During your child bearing years, your kidneys will help keep the right amount of blood flowing to your reproductive organs, however, the flow of blood will decrease as you grow older. The symptoms from menopause come about when this happens and your kidneys lose the right amount of chi. This causes an imbalance in your inner chi.

      There is also another realization for the menopausal symptoms that you experience. Traditional Chinese Medicine states that women put up with a lot of stress, lack of healthy meals, and not enough physical activity. Due to these items, our chi is thrown off and in turn has a hard time passing through the meridians. When our chi is blocked, the body cannot stabilize itself properly. This is Traditional Chinese Medicine’s explanation as to why female’s must suffer through the symptoms of menopause, such as the horrid night sweats and frustrating hot flashes.

      Luckily, blockages and imbalance of our chi can be fixed by adjusting a few things in our lives, such as, eating better, herbal therapy, acupuncture, and qi gong. Traditional or regular Chinese menopausal herbs were not created to take care of hot flashes. They are created to take care of the whole individual. The prescriptions for Chinese herbal remedies will depend upon the individual symptoms that you have but the Chinese herbs I have listed below are the building blocks of Chinese herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using China Root: This root is filled with knobs and irregular joints and is available in two types of China Root and can be bought at all Chinese Herbalist Shops. The first type of China Root is the best kind and looks paler in color and harder in texture than the other one. It derives from the oriental climber plant; Smilax China Linn. It is grown with red berries and has circular prickly stalks. The second type of China Root derives from the oriental plant; Smilax Pfeudo-China Linn. It has a smoother textured stalk and has black berries. Neither has any specific taste or smell, however, this is a very potent herb to heal night sweats, hot flashes, and mood swings. This is usually consumed through chewing or in tea form, but many forms of this remedy is an extract placed into a capsule type pill.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using Chinese Bupleurum Root: The translation of this root from Chinese dialect is “Kindling of the Barbarians”. This root was first talked about in a 2,000 year old Chinese Medicinal Text and is said to be on the most imperative herbs within Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is a very powerful herb as it is known to remove the stagnate chi within the body. It works even better when used in combination with certain other herbs. It really helps your liver. Most of all menopausal remedies will include this root as without it the anti-microbial activities and harmonizing actions are way too important to leave out.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using Chinese Licorice Root: This herb is also a very important one and is known as the “grandfather of all herbs”. Its functions include eliminating the body of toxins and poisons as well as helping other herbs consumed to penetrate and cleanse better. This is essential to get your chi on the right flow. Keep in mind that Chinese Licorice Root differs from Western Licorice Root. The Chinese Licorice Root is used to energize and calm the body while the Western Licorice Root can cause nervousness. It is important to check your herbal remedy to make sure you have the Root that is grown within the northern region of China.

      Please keep in mind that although these are herbs, it is still very important to talk to your doctor or acupuncturist regarding the use of these herbs and all other natural forms of relief.

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the reason for the women having bleeding at the age of 56years, after menopause ,?
    My wife is having slight bleeding at the age of 56 years , but after menopause she don't having any bleeding for more than 10 years, is it possible and normal, or any other reason ?

    • ANSWER:
      Bleeding After Menopause

      Menopause is the transition phase in the life of a woman in which her ovaries stop producing eggs, body produces less progesterone, and estrogen, menstrual cycle becomes less frequent, and her period stopping altogether. Early Menopause symptoms also known as Premature menopause symptoms, may include irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, and sleep deprivation. There are treatments for Menopause which includes hormone replace therapy, and herbal remedies. Herbal remedies may include natural supplements and foods made from soy.

      If you have bleeding after menopause, make sure to call your Doctor!
      A woman will be fully menopausal if she has gone at least 1 year or 365 days without having her period. If bleeding continues after being fully menopausal, it may be only confined to spotting, this is also known as post menopausal bleeding. It is not considered unusual for this to happen. There are situations when post menopausal bleeding maybe a sign of a more serious condition.
      Spotting may occur if you are undergoing therapy for hormone replacement HRT but it can also occur if you aren’t. Generally, spotting occurs due to the hormonal balances persisting after menopause. Breast tenderness in addition to spotting can be a sign that you’re experiencing an actual menstrual period. If this occurs, you will need to wait 1 full year from your last menstrual cycle to be fully menopausal.

      Estrogen levels need to remain stable or it can cause spotting. Having low estrogen levels can cause irregular spotting and high estrogen levels may cause a heavy menstrual cycle. Progesterone levels may also rise because the endometrial lining is atrophying.

      There are women who may develop Type II diabetes after experiencing menopause. Women who are insulin resistant have higher estrogen levels than women who aren’t diabetic. A woman who is insulin resistant can experience progesterone converting into estrogen, which can result in post menopausal bleeding that is unusual.

      Rapid weight loss can cause you to spot or bleed after experiencing menopause. Estrogen is stored in fat tissue in a woman’s body so when rapid weight loss occurs, the estrogen goes into her bloodstream, her hormones are disrupted, and she may spot or bleed.

      Although it maybe a benign condition, post menopausal bleeding should not be ignored. Make sure to bring this to your Physician’s attention due to the fact that it maybe a serious health issue. Post menopause bleeding may originate from the vagina which may have dried up and atrophied from lack of estrogen. May also come from lesions and cracks on the vulva, and can also occur from intercourse. Upper reproductive system bleeding can come from endometrial cancer, hormone replacement, cervical cancer or lesions, endometrial polyps, ovarian cancer, uterine tumors or from tumors that secret estrogen. Most common reason for post menopause bleeding is hormone replacement therapy also known as HRT.
      There are good remedies in Homeopathy too.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why do I get PMS feelings even though I am Menopausal at 55 yrs. old . What to do to stop this?
    Every month I get the PMS headaches and feeling of coming on a period, even though I don't bleed. What is up? Will this ever end. I need to hear from people out there with similar concerns. My head is heavy now.

    • ANSWER:
      It is about your menopause and you low hormones, maybe due to your body going crazy of the decrease of hormones, you have a very low level of prostaglandines, giving you this sympthoms. Prostaglandines are the guilty one for pms and period pains.
      Don´t worry, it is normal and you dont´have to go to your doctor for it.
      -Eat tofu it is has progesterone that can help you.
      -Exercise
      -Try to take few red meat
      -Take flaxx seed everyday it has omegas that help you with postaglandines, it lows the levels.

      Herbs
      There is growing evidence that some herbal remedies may help alleviate menopausal symptoms. The most commonly used herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms are black cohosh, St.-John's-wort, valerian, ginseng, dong quai, and evening primrose oil.

      Reducing your intake of caffeine helps in menopause relief as well. Herbal teas, and using onion, garlic and lemon instead of salt should help as well. One study at UCLA noted that garlic halted the advance of heart disease in post-menopausal women

      Flax Seed's Benefits Contribute to Menopause Symptom Relief
      A flood of recent flax seed research underscores the benefits flax seed has on healthful living. The idea isn't new. Specifically, scientists, nutritionists and physicians studying menopause have determined that the high fiber and lignan content of flax seed products can offer natural menopause treatment. Products supplied by North American Nutrition can have a large impact on menopause, along with a preventative role concerning certain cancers.

      Good luck! ;D

      Good luck! ;D

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some remedies for hot flashes?
    My daughter is 41 years old and has been suffering with hot flashes for years. She has several other conditions and is on a lot of medications. She needs something that wont impact her current medication.

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes and night sweats are two symptoms of menopause that can really affect a woman's quality of life as the natural levels of estrogen decline. And, Senay says, there's no question that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to provide relief. The problem is that the symptoms of menopause often recur if the treatment is stopped. More evidence suggests that the commonly-prescribed combination hormone therapy is not a good idea for long periods of time.

      See the resource also

      Of course, as with all therapies, there are some risks involved. The public usually takes herbal therapies in the form of supplement pills, not as a preparation made directly from the herb by a trained herbalist. Keep in mind that herbal supplements are not as closely regulated as prescription drugs. The amount of herbal product, quality, safety, and purity may vary between brands or even between batches of the same brand.

  14. QUESTION:
    how long will woman's entire menopause be lasted in general?
    the symptoms of menopause, when will these kinds of discomfort be gone?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there is no one answer to this question. Each woman experiences menopause differently. A few don't even go through these discomforts!
      Anyhow, the discomforts can last anywhere up to 10 years!
      But there are natural herbal remedies or treatments that you can use. They may not stop the discomforts all together, but at least they can be reduced so that your life can be more bearable. Try them out!

  15. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used bio-identical hormones to treat menopause?
    I found some affordable ones online at www.AgelessApple.com and supposedly they're safer than regular hormone regimines. Does anybody know anything about them?

    • ANSWER:
      I was reading through some articles about the menopause and I noticed that some people have a very positive attitude towards this difficult time of life for women.  I read that the menopause should not be regarded as an illness or a disease. It is simply an occurrence wherein the woman is entering her second phase of feminine life.
      Of course, these women are experiencing a gradual discomfort because of the transition...this is only natural. If there are telltale signs of menopause symptoms, you can opt to procure some treatment in order to minimize the feeling of discomfort. But it is important to remember that any kind of treatment will not prevent you from undergoing menopause process, especially when your age is already falling from and between 48 - 55 years old.
      It will only help you to deal a lot easier with menopause symptoms or relieve the  majority of their major discomfort effects. Your lifestyle might also need some changing especially your smoking, eating, drinking, and sleeping habits in order to minimize the severity of menopause symptoms.
      What can herbs do to treat menopause symptoms?
      There are many types of reliable herbs available that can treat menopause symptoms. They can maintain women's healthy life even when menstruation process causes a lot of discomfort and decline in their health aspect. With herbs carefully and religiously applied you may not only alleviate those various forms of discomfort but you will also maintain your healthy life. Two basic types of herbs for menopause Phytoestrogenic herbs These are the herbs or plants that contain natural phytoestrogen, a type of chemical compound, which is similar to the women body estrogen. These herbs work by replacing the lost natural body estrogen with the plant hormones, phytoestrogen. Aside from this, there are other elements of phytoestrogenic herbs that are considered beneficial to menopausal women such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
      Generally, these herbs are an alternative to disorders relating to low hormonal/estrogen levels. Most popular phytoestrogenic herbs: Ginseng. Used to improve your overall vitality and energy, this is a dried root from one of the Araliaceae herb species. Ginkgo. Used to enhance memory, prevent memory-related diseases such as Dementia, Alzheimer's and others. This herb is one of the oldest herbal medicines used in China. Dong Quai. Most effective in treating gynecological complaints caused by the change in hormonal production. Red Clover. Diseases treated are skin disorders and bronchitis, asthma and spasmodic coughing. Black Cohosh. Symptoms treated include depression, night sweats and hot flashes. Non-estrogenic herbs In contrast with the phytoestrogenic plants, non-estrogenic herbs, as the name suggests, are those plants that do not produce estrogen chemical structures.
      These plants are widely recognized by the doctors and medical experts because of their effectiveness to relieve women's menopause symptoms. Furthermore, they are considered completely safe and do not provide side effects. The right non-estrogenic herbs contain nutrients that can nourish endocrine system, eventually balancing your hormonal levels. With the proper application, occurrences of the loss of hormones will be reduced as they can promote your body to naturally produce the needed healthy level of estrogen hormones, without the distracting side effects. Specifically, non-estrogenic herbs will provide relief to the following disorders relating to menopause symptoms: - majority of the menopause symptoms - hormonal imbalance - osteoporosis or bone mass loss - infertility - sexual intercourse problems - cardiovascular disease It is important to note, however, that even these herbs are a natural treatment you need to research on the kind of plant that you are going to take as not all of these will relieve and alleviate you from those menopause symptoms.
      There are herbal plants that can cause many other side effects, may it be minor or major. It has been written that Menozac has been developed as a natural alternative support, formulated with the best-known combination of well-researched phytoestrogen botanicals.   These plants have a long history of helping to relieve menopausal symptoms and supporting the body's hormonal balance and a natural alternative to HRT.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have water retention?
    and how do you get rid of it...or what do you do about it.

    When you poke me, or squeeze my skin or anything, i go from lite brown to yellow, and someone said i had water retention... is there any other way of knowing? What exactly is water retention?

    • ANSWER:
      , Water retention is also known by its more medical term, edema. This is a condition that results when water leaks into the body tissues from the blood. In normal circumstances, the fluid is drained from the body tissues through the lymphatic system – a network of tubes throughout the body that removes waste and extraneous material, and empties it back into the bloodstream.

      However, when fluid is not removed by the lymph system properly, it is retained in the body tissues where it causes swelling (edema). Water retention is most common in the feet and legs, but it can occur in the hands, arms, abdominal cavity (ascites) and around the lungs (known as pulmonary edema).

      Types of Water RetentionThere are two main categories of water retention, generalized edema and localized edema. Generalized edema refers to swelling that occurs throughout the body while localized edema refers to the swelling in specific parts of the body.

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      Diagnosing Water Retention
      The diagnosis of water retention is determined by a physical examination, the symptoms presented as well as medical history. Various tests such as blood tests, urine tests, liver and kidney function tests, chest x-ray or an electrocardiogram (ECG) may also be performed to determine the cause.

      If water retention is a symptom of a serious underlying disorder, the disorder must be treated first.

      Symptoms of Water RetentionThe signs and symptoms of water retention include swelling of the skin that causes it to become shiny and stretched. Hands, ankles and feet are most commonly affected and the joints may feel stiff and ache. A bloated or enlarged abdomen, breathing difficulties and decreased flexibility of the joints (ankles, wrists and fingers) may also occur.

      In addition, there may also be sudden or rapid weight gain and skin indentations when the skin is pressed. Symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, redness or heat in a swollen edematous area should receive immediate medical care.

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      What Causes Water Retention?
      Causes of body water retention depend on a wide range of factors including a high salt intake, as a reaction to hot weather, gravity, nutritional deficiencies, burns as well as sunburn and as a side effect of certain drugs. Pregnancy, oral contraceptives such as the pill, the menstrual cycle and menopause are also known causes of body water retention.

      This condition may also be symptomatic of other serious diseases such as heart failure, liver disease, arthritis, allergic reactions, thyroid disease such as hypothyroidism, chronic lung diseases, malignant lymphoedema or kidney disease.

      Help for Water Retention
      Treatment involves rectifying the underlying causes of body water retention . A low dose of diuretic (water pill) may be prescribed to reduce swelling. In more severe cases of water retention, where the blood vessels are blocked or damaged, surgery may be required.

      Natural Remedies for Water RetentionNatural and holistic treatments provide gentle water retention remedies.Use herbs such as Uva ursi, Horse chestnut and Buchu for their excellent diuretic properties. Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) and Olea europea help to balance blood pressure, assist liver and gall bladder functioning and improve circulation.

      Water retention remedies that use herbal and homeopathic remedies are safe and effective and not as harsh as prescription diuretics.

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      More Information on Water Retention
      Tips for Preventing and Treating Water RetentionWater retention remedies such as eating a well balanced diet and reducing your intake of salt will make a marked difference.
      Drink plenty of water so that the body is well hydrated.
      Exercise regularly, especially by walking, to help pump fluids back into the circulatory system.
      Limit your intake of dehydrating drinks such as coffee, tea and alcohol.
      Increase your intake of vitamin B supplements which are known to be beneficial for water retention.
      Wear support stockings or elastic sleeves to help push fluids back into your circulatory system and help circulation.
      Remember to elevate the affected area when sitting or lying down.
      If you are overweight or suffer with obesity, try to take the appropriate steps to lose weight and slim down to a healthier weight in a safe and natural manner.

  17. QUESTION:
    I have endometriosis. Can anyone suggest a way to eliminate the pain with taking a derpo lupron shot?
    The doctor says that I have no other choice but to have a hysterectomy.

    • ANSWER:
      Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis, though in some patients menopause (natural or surgical) will abate the process. Nevertheless, a hysterectomy and/or removal of the ovaries will not guarantee that the endometriosis areas and/or the symptoms of endometriosis will not come back. Conservative treatments usually try to address pain or infertility issues. Medical herbal treatments can sometimes be effective in controlling the disease.
      The treatments for endometriosis pain include:
      NSAIDs and other pain medication: They often work quite well as they not only reduce pain but also menstrual flow. They are commonly used in conjunction with other therapy. For more severe cases narcotic prescription drugs may be used.
      Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Agonist: These agents work by increasing the levels of GnRH. Consistent stimulation of the GnRH receptors results in downregulation. This causes a decrease in FSH and LH, thereby decreasing estrogen and progesterone levels.
      It is suggested but unproven that pregnancy and childbirth can stop endometriosis.
      Hormone suppression therapy: This approach tries to reduce or eliminate menstrual flow and estrogen support. Typically, it needs to be done for several months or even years.
      Progesterone or Progestins: Progesterone counteracts estrogen and inhibits the growth of the endometrium. Such therapy can reduce or eliminate menstruation in a controlled and reversible fashion. Progestins are chemical variants of natural progesterone.
      Avoiding products with xenoestrogens, which have a similar effect to naturally produced estrogen and can increase growth of the endometrium.
      Continuous birth control pills consist of the use of birth control pills without the use of placebo pills. This eliminates monthly bleeding episodes.
      Danazol (Danocrine) and gestrinone are suppressive steroids with some androgenic activity. Both agents inhibit the growth of endometriosis but their use remains limited as they may cause hirsutism. There has been some research done at Case Western Reserve University on a topical Danocrine, applied locally, which has not produced the hirsutism characteristics. The study has not yet been published in a medical journal.
      Gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists (GnRH agonists) induce a profound hypoestrogenism by decreasing FSH and LH levels. While quite effective, they induce unpleasant menopausal symptoms, and over time may lead to osteoporosis. To counteract such side effects some estrogen may have to be given back (add-back therapy).
      Aromatase inhibitors are medications that block the formation of estrogen and have become of interest for researchers who are treating endometriosis.[8]
      Surgical treatment is usually a good choice if endometriosis is extensive, or very painful. Surgical treatments range from minor to major surgical procedures.
      Laparoscopy is very useful not only to diagnose endometriosis, but to treat it. With the use of scissors, cautery, lasers, hydrodissection, or a sonic scalpel, endometriotic tissue can be ablated or removed in an attempt to restore normal anatomy.
      Laparotomy can be used for more extensive surgery either in attempt to restore normal anatomy, or at least preserve reproductive potential.
      Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and surrounding tissue) and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries).
      For patients with extreme pain, a presacral neurectomy may be indicated where the nerves to the uterus are cut.
      Raising your serotonin level: low serotonin levels reduce the pain threshold, and make people more vulnerable to every pain. Women particularly need adequate amounts of light during the second half of their menstrual cycles, when their serotonin levels may already be low.
      Many people like sweets: eating sugar or chocolate temporarily increases serotonin levels, but creates a rebound effect, characterized by heightened PMS symptoms.
      Avoid coffee and alcohol.
      Melatonin and serotonin are increased by meditation, and the stress hormone cortisol is decreased. Melatonin causes you to go into delta-sleep, during which period Human Growth Hormone is released. As melatonin levels drop from childhood (100%) to age 20 (30%) and age 30 (20%), recovering takes more time, so good deep sleep is essential.
      Serotonin is manufactured by the body from a partial protein or amino acid called tryptophan. This amino acid is found in many foods, including soy, turkey, chicken, halibut, and beans.
      Lavender, primarily in the form of oil, has been found to reduce several physiological parameters of stress by stimulating serotonin and inducing a feeling of calm and happiness.
      Light therapy increases your serotonin levels.
      In many cases, Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) has proven to relax or suppress the pain and relieve stress. Although doctors consider this to be an unorthodox method given all the treatments available for this condition and the fact that it may not produce any long term effects, this may still be an effective way to combat endometriosis. Research on this method is minimal since the drug is banned in most countries.[citation needed]
      Complementary or Alternative medicine are used by many women who get great relief from the pain and discomforts from a variety of available treatments.
      Nutrition There has been research showing that prostaglandins series 1 and 3 have an anti inflammatory effect which can help with endometriosis. Nutrition acan also help to boost the immune system, which is important if endometriosis is an auto-immune disorder.

  18. QUESTION:
    what natural herbal remedies can be used for menapausal cancer patient?
    the menapause was brought on by the cancer,is there a safe herbal treatment normal medicines cannot be used due to post cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend you go to see a homeopathic doctor who can give you some specific remedies tailored to the person. A good one that I know of is Sepia 30CH...but you should see a homeopath. Homeopathic remedies are the SAFEST medicines in the whole world. They do not interact with any medications or treatments and cause absolutely no side effects. They work 100% of the time if the remedy matches the symptom. Try them out! Its the only 100% safe alternative. Some herbs you can use are black cohosh, sage extract, Evening Primrose oil or Dong Quai...but if the person is on medications, then I wouldnt use herbs. The evening primrose might be ok because its a oil from a flower. Alot of menopause symptoms show themselves because our livers are so overtaxed that they cant filter our hormones properly. A simple safe way to help out your liver is to take the juice of an organic lemon in a cup of warm water every morning as a little mini safe liver cleanser. That can help a bit too. But please seek out a natural practitioner, you can ask your local health food store because they normally have a list of names of good ones that they come accorss. Good luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    What is passionflower extract good for I heard the aroma is great for anxiety.?

    • ANSWER:
      Passion Flower is used as a mild sedative and sleep aid. Though few clinical trials have been conducted on Passion Flower, the herb has been used widely in Europe, and it is beginning to get attention in America as well.

      Passion Flower is the main ingredient of a sleeping pill in Germany and a popular herbal sedative in the United Kingdom. In Romania, a patented chewing gum containing Passion Flower is used as a sedative. The herb is also used to treat fatigue and nervousness.

      It is believed that Passion Flower has an effect on the nervous system that makes it useful in treating these ailments. The active ingredients in Passion Flower are unknown, but it is thought that the alkaloids and flavonoids it contains are among the most active of its components. A variety of other substances, including amino acids and sterols, are also said to support the actions of Passion Flower.

      In addition to being used as a sedative and sleep aid, Passion Flower has been used in the treatment of asthma, circulatory problems and symptoms of menopause. It also has pain-relieving and antispasmodic effects.

      Passion Flower is thought to affect the nervous system in several ways. Interestingly, it can act as both a sedative and a stimulant. In fact, it is sometimes used as a hallucinogen at very high doses, though its primary therapeutic use is as a sedative.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is passion flower the best herb for anxiety?
    It seems to be working ok for me.

    • ANSWER:
      The list of herbs for anxiety is long. Anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, depression - whatever you call it, it's an unpleasant sensation. Down through the centuries, many herbs have been used for their effect in curbing anxiety. It seems that most homegrown herb teas have a positive effect on the nerves.

      Perhaps it is simply the act of sitting down with a hot cup of tea that helps the anxiety. Be that as it may, here are some of the traditional remedies for this common malady.

      Peppermint
      One of the simplest herbs for anxiety is peppermint. It is easy to grow and very good tasting. Use one teaspoon of the dried herb or about a tablespoon of the fresh leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let the herb steep for 5 minutes. Sweeten with a bit of honey if desired. Enjoy the tea in a quiet room and then go lay down.

      This is one of the best natural treatments for a nervous headache or the stomach ache that results from nerves.

      Melissa (Lemon Balm)
      There are several other common plants among the mints that are useful herbs for anxiety. One of these is melissa or lemon balm. It has a refreshing lemon scent that tastes wonderful in tea.

      It is not one of the best herbs for drying but it is easy to grow, so you can have fresh leaves for tea during the temperate months.

      Catnip
      Catnip is also a mint that has a history of being used as a nervine. It is not as delicious in tea, but your cat will love you for growing it. It is an old-fashioned remedy for insomnia that can also help an upset stomach.

      Scullcap
      Scullcap is a mint as well. It would be called the best of the herbs for anxiety by many. Unlike the mints we've mentioned, it does not have a good flavor. In fact, it's downright bitter. But it is very tonic and healing to the nerves. It helps with insomnia, but does not knock you out like some other herbs do.

      It can even help prevent panic attacks. It is safe enought to be used during pregnancy, but this does not keep it from being effective. Try not to brew it for over five minutes if you want to keep the bitterness to a minimum.

      Chamomile
      Chamomile is not a mint, but otherwise it is similar among the herbs for anxiety. Its little daisy-like blossoms makes a delicious relaxing tea. It is so good at calming anxiety that it might just put you to sleep.

      Passionflower
      Other herbs that are often used with chamomile in relaxing blends are hops and passionflower. Both of these can promote sleep. Passionflower is considered a mild sedative.

      Feverfew
      Feverfew is a relaxing herb that is related to chamomile. It is good for getting rid of an anxiety related headache. It can even handle migraines for some people.

      St John's Wort
      St. John's Wort is useful in cases of anxiety, but it's real value is as an antidepressant. If you are anxious and depressed, try this jewel among herbs for anxiety. Give it two or three weeks of daily use and see if you don't feel better.

      Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)
      Eleuthero or Siberian ginseng is often included in anti-anxiety herbal combinations. It is an energizer but also relaxes and nourishes the nerves. If the mints or chamomile tend to put you to sleep, you might like to try eleuthero for your anxiety symptoms.

      Another of the herbs for anxiety that relaxes and energizes at the same time is the Ayurvedic herb ashwaganda. It strengthens and tones all the systems in the body.

      Kava Kava
      Kava kava is often named among herbs for anxiety. It is a powerful muscle relaxer and analgesic. It has come under scrutiny for safety so you might want to use kava cautiously. Sometimes women who are struggling with nerve issues related to menopause get great relief from this South Pacific island herb.

      You should not take it for more than four months at a time. (It may be off the market in some countries.)

      For those who don't like drinking tea, a relaxing sleep pillow or eye mask can deliver relaxing help through the aroma of herbs for anxiety.

      To make the pillow, sew around three sides of two 8 inch square pieces of thin cotton or silk. Turn to the right side and stuff the small pillow with a mixture of dried lavender, hops, and chamomile blossoms.

      For an eye mask, cut two rectangular pieces of silk (recycle an old blouse) that are 3-1/2 inches by 9 inches. With right sides together sew around the perimeter, leaving one short end open. Stuff with a mixture of flax seed (for weight) with lavender and hops. Sew up the final edge.

      Now lie down and place the pillow near where you can inhale it, or place the eye mask across your eyes. The silk will feel nice and cool. It can be placed in the refrigerator if you need more cooling. Now relax with these herbs for anxiety.

      ////////////////////////////////////The Passion Flower/////////////////////////////////
      The Legend. Legend has it that in 1620 a Jesuit priest in Peru came across the plant we now know as passion flower. Enthralled with its beauty, that night he had a vision likening its floral parts to the elements of the Crucifixion or Passion of Christ. The five petals and five sepals became the ten apostles (omitting Peter and Judas). The three pistils became the nails of the cross; the purple corona (or filaments) was the crown of thorns, and the stemmed ovary was the Lord's goblet.

      The Plant. The passion vine (Passiflora) has travelled widely since then, and is considered a houseplant on the prairies. This climbing vine can grow very quickly under favorable conditions, reaching up to 6 m (20 ft). It is often trained around a hoop, on netting, or on a trellis, supporting itself with spiral-like tendrils.

      The flowers are 7.6 cm (3 in.) in diameter, opening from flat oval buds and flowering from summer to early fall. The ten petals (actually five petals and five sepals) are usually white but may also be red or purple. In front of the petals are fine, colorful filaments that are purple at the base, white in the middle and blue at the tip. Five golden anthers and three brown stigmas are in the center.

      The stems are wiry, dark green and angular, and the deeply divided leaves can be up to 10 cm (4 in )wide. Yellow or orange fruit up to 12.7 cm (5 in,) in diameter may develop under favorable growing conditions. The fruit is many-seeded, and some varieties are edible.

      Care. The passion flower is best suited to a sunny room or greenhouse. Ideally, it should have 4 hours of bright, direct sunlight daily throughout the year. However, it may sun scorch in summer if placed too close to a south or west window. The plant may be summered outside.

      In spite of its "passion" for bright light, it prefers temperatures on the cooler side (12.7-18.8C), especially in winter. It will tolerate slightly warmer temperatures in summer but is more likely to become infested with spider mites and may not have as attractive a shape. Cooler temperatures (10C) in winter will allow it a rest period.

      Keep your passion vines evenly moist (but with good drainage) while actively growing. Beginning in late August, let them dry out a bit between waterings but never completely.

      Fertilize every two weeks with 20-20-20 plus micro-nutrients from spring through fall while the plants are actively growing. Use a loam-based potting soil and keep it slightly pot-bound. Passion vines tend to flower more freely when confined.

      Top dressing rather than repotting is sometimes advised. Repot every 2 years in late winter or early spring, allowing the plant to recuperate for a week in a cool shady area before putting it back in a sunny location.

      Prune passion vines to within 15 cm (6 in.) of the soil or to 6 to 8 buds in early spring and a few weeks prior to repotting. This should encourage flowering on the new growth.

      Varieties. The blue passion flower (Passiflora caerulea) is one of the best for growing indoors and is one of the most readily available. It blooms in April, with white petals and sepals and a ring of filaments that are purple, white and blue. Height may be up to 6 m (20 ft). It will flower when still young, even in a small pot. "Constance Elliot" is all white and blooms more freely.

      The red passion flower (Passiflora coccinea) has deep orange to scarlet petals and filaments that are pale pink at the base, gradually becoming purple.

      Passiflora x alato-caerula is only 1.8 m (6 ft) in height, free-blooming, has pink petals and a fringed corona of purple, white and blue. An added bonus is its fragrance.

      Dispassionate Propagation. Passion flowers are usually propagated by stem cuttings taken in late spring or early summer. These should be 7.6-10 cm (3-4 in.) long and taken just below a leaf. Remove the next lower leaf and dip the end of the cutting in a rooting compound. Place in 7.6 cm (3 in.) pots in an evenly moist mixture of peat moss and coarse sand. Cover the entire pot with a plastic bag to retain humidity and put it in good but indirect light. The cuttings should root in three to four weeks. Seed is a more difficult method of propagation and the resulting flowering is more variable and less dependable.

  21. QUESTION:
    Question about Valerian root herbal supplement?
    How long does a 450 mg capsule of Valerian root stay in your system? It's the one from Walgreens that also has Passion Flower in it. Also does Valerian root interfere with birth control?

    • ANSWER:
      Valerian is a calmative and tranquilizer. Its properties have been known at least since the time of Hippocrates, and it was prescribed by the ancient Greek physician Galen for the treatment of headaches, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, menstrual problems, nervous stomach, and hysteria. Clinical trials have confirmed the use of valerian for treating insomnia, especially the insomnia that accompanies menopause. The advantage of valerian over tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax is that it reduces sleep latency, the time required to fall asleep, without a period of bedtime drowsiness and without creating a "hangover" or grogginess the next morning. Valerian has greatest effect in treating chronic insomnia, rather than short-term sleeplessness. It also soothes the digestive system and may prevent cramping caused by irritable bowel syndrome.

      Precautions
      If you use valerian for several months and suddenly stop using it, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as headache, insomnia, racing heart, and general grouchiness, although rare. Reduce dosage of a period of about a week if you wish to discontinue using the herb suddenly.

      Herbalists in Mexico, Central America, and Texas have used passionflower as a calmative and sleeping aid for over 200 years. Relieving muscle tension, the herb lowers blood pressure and calms anxiety.

      Passion Flower side effects, safety, risk
      No major side effects have been reported with passion flower in the medical journal. It may be wise to avoid the combination of passion flower and sedative drugs such as the benzodiazepines. One obvious side effect is sedation.

  22. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever taken Birth Control Pills to control hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't think so.

      While menopause is a natural and expected process for every woman, the associated symptoms can be difficult and trying on both physical and emotional levels. Many women are now turning to the use of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to counteract these symptoms and nature has a medicine chest of ingredients that suit this purpose. Black cohosh is one such herbal ingredient that is well know for its ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

      Other highly successful ingredients for the treatment of menopausal symptoms include pasque flower which supports female health and sooths the nervous system, and Dong Quai which works to support the balance of female hormones while treating many of the symptoms related to PMS and menopause.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/m/menopause.htm

  23. QUESTION:
    whatts that word where you have like instant mood swings?
    because i think my mom has it. and i want her to go get checked for it.
    she could be perfectly fine then all of a sudden she will be bitchy and tired?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormonal changes like those occurring during and after pregnancy, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), post-partum depression and menopause can cause horrible mood swings in women. Your mother must be having PMS or menopause induced mood swings.

      For premenstrual syndrome (PMS), there are some herbal remedies that are generally recommended containing ingredients such as Fennel, Pulsatilla and Melissa which help to naturally reduce the effects of premenstrual syndrome and support health. Don Quai is also a very effective Chinese herb which helps to restore hormonal balance and promote female reproductive health – thereby reducing the occurrence of pre-menstrual symptoms.

      For menopause, many women are now turning to the use of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to counteract these symptoms and nature has a medicine chest of ingredients that suit this purpose. Black cohosh is one such herbal ingredient that is well know for its ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Other highly successful ingredients for the treatment of menopausal symptoms include pasque flower which supports female health and soothes the nervous system, and Dong Quai which works to support the balance of female hormones while treating many of the symptoms related to PMS and menopause.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/blog/2010/06/nutrition-herbal-supplements-homeopathic-remedies-for-mood-swings/

  24. QUESTION:
    Any over the counter treatment I can get?
    I have a problem with frequent urination but I cannot afford to see a doctor. is there anything I can buy over the counter at a pharmacy to relive symptoms so that I can go on holiday?

    I would prefer answers from NZ please. And don't tell me to go to the doctor.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      You could talk to a pharmacist about that...they might be able to prescribe something without a prescription. i am not a doctor but it sounds like it might be an overactive bladder assuming you have no other symptoms. Tell your pharmacist all your symptoms so he or she can make an accurate assessment. Some of the advice at Patient UK might help:
      http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Overactive-Bladder-Syndrome.htm

      Or if you want to go down the herbal route you could try pumpkin seed extract capsules from a health shop....studies have shown that to provide benefit for an overactive bladder. For any lady at the menopause who is not on HRT, that might be better taken in combination with soya isoflavones:
      http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/nov2008_Pumpkin-Seed-Relieves-Overactive-Bladder-Urinary-Incontinence_01.htm
      Or you could try a proprietary bland (oops!....edit: blend) containing the two herbals together if they are not more expensive....such as Swanson's Go-Less Bladder Control Capsules or Flotrol Bladder Control. But you might have to buy such as those from the Internet. And as far as i know these are just a blend of pumpkin seed extract and soya isoflavones so you could just pick those two up individually from a health shop if that is cheaper. You would obviously want to go for the cheaper but most effective option.....so compare these with what the pharmacist has to offer. Plus the herbal route might take some time to work so you have to bare that in mind if your holiday is not far off.

      Another herb that is said to help strengthen the bladder wall is the herb horsetail. And cranberry extract [or unsweetened cranberry juice] is said to help alleviate or prevent cystitis.

      Best wishes.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to be-rid of or lessen the severity of mood swings?

    • ANSWER:
      There are ways to lessen the severity but it is important to have a proper diagnosis of the problem before you initiate treatment.

      From you avatar I am going to assume you are female and point out the PMS can cause mood swings which can be not only extreme but difficult to control. Perimenopause and menopause hormonal changes can also cause similar mood swings.

      Treatment is often more effective with vitamin supplements than anything else but they must be adjusted throughout your menstrual cycle.
      One source suggests the following vitamins although vitamin A should also be added to the mix as well as pantothenic acid (B5).
      1.Vitamins E
      2.Vitamin B-6
      3.Herbal remedies
      4.Primrose oil
      5.Calcium
      6.Magnesium

      Another source has this to say: "Daily supplemental vitamins and minerals may be administered to relieve some PMS symptoms. A multivitamin with B6(100 mcg), B complex, magnesium (300mg), Vitamin E (400 IU) and vitamin C (1000 mg) may be recommended to alleviate irritability"

      Some women are helped by light therapy.

      Of course, PMS might not be the problem. If you are bi-polar you should be diagnosed first. Depression is another cause of mood swing accompanied by other symptoms. Sleep problems can also cause mood swings. ADHD is another cause.

      The answer is yes there are ways to lessen the severity and in some cases to rid yourself of this problem but you must be diagnosed first to properly treat.

  26. QUESTION:
    I have major hot flashes, Can anyone give some advice on natural herbal remidies?
    Help! I have tryed so many things and nothing seems to help. I dont want the prescription stuff.
    Thanks in advance
    I want to thank all of you for all of this wonderful information. I will continue to read and follow some of this advice.Many Thanks to all.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Natural Cure. If you are through Menopause.

      Symptoms: During the menopause, the entire chain of endocrine glands is disturbed, particularly the gonads, thyroid and pituitary. In a really healthy woman, the menopausal change takes place without any unpleasant symptoms. The only sign that the "change" taking place is the cessation of menstrual flow. There are, however, many women who do not enjoy good health due to dietetic errors and a faulty style of living. In these cases, the menopausal change often leads to all kinds of distressing physical, emotional, and nervous symptoms and manifestations. Hot flashes, night sweats, nervous tension, menstrual disturbances, insomnia, diminished interest in sex, irritability, and depression are the typical symptoms of menopause. Other symptoms are chilly feelings, fatigue, palpitation, dizziness, headaches and numbness. Not every women will get these severe reactions. The severity or otherwise of the symptoms depend on a variety of factors such as general health, previous surgery and radiation. Menopause and its problems are usually over when menstruation stops.

      Causes: The annoying symptoms associated with menopause arise from the fact that the ovaries are no longer producing their normal amount of estrogen, the dominant female hormone. Anything which interferes with the normal functioning of the ovaries may also bring about these symptoms. The same strange feelings may occur if the ovaries are removed by surgery because of disease. This can also result from heavy X-ray therapy or the use of radiation. A lack of normal hormone balance may also result in a severe backache. This is caused by thinning of the bones arising from the low level of estrogen in the bloodstream. Unless properly treated, this may eventually lead to a collapse of one or more of the vertebrae.

      Treatment: Although menopause cannot be avoided, it can be postponed for as long as 10 to 15 years and it can be made a smooth affair when it comes, with a proper nutritional programme, special supplements and the right mental attitude. When a woman is affected by the menopausal change to any marked extent, it is a sure sign that her body is in a toxic condition and in need of a thorough cleansing. For this purpose, she should undergo a course of natural health building treatment. Diet is of utmost importance in such a scheme of treatment. In fact the problems at menopause are often much more severe than that at puberty largely because the diet has been deficient for many years prior to its onset, in many nutrients such as protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamins D, E, and pantothenic acid. The diet should be made up from three basic food groups, namely (i) seeds, nuts, and grains (ii) vegetables and (iii) fruits. The emphasis should be on vitamin E-rich raw and sprouted seeds and nuts, unpasteurised high quality milk and homemade cottage cheese and an abundance of raw, organically grown fruits and vegetables. Plenty of freshly made juices of fruits and vegetables in season should also be included in this diet.

      All processed, refined and denatured foods, such as white sugar, white flour and all articles made with them, should be completely eliminated. Take special supplements such as vitamins C, B6 and pantothenic acid, which have a specific property of stimulating the body’s own production of estrogen or enhancing the effect of the existing estrogen. During menopause, the lack of ovarian hormones can result in a severe calcium deficiency. For this reason, a larger than usual intake of calcium may help greatly. Vitamins D and F are also essential for assimilation of calcium. Any woman having difficulty at this time should supplement her daily diet with 1,000 units of natural vitamin D, 5000 milligrams of magnesium and two grams of calcium daily, which can be supplied by one quart of milk. During the menopause, the need for vitamin E soars 10 to 50 times over that previously required. Hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms of menopause often disappear when 50 to 100 units of vitamin E are taken daily. The symptoms recur quickly if the vitamin is discontinued.

      Of late, it has become popular to take estrogen to prevent or postpone menopausal symptoms. Although hormone therapy is apparently successful and will, in many cases, help the patient to feel and act younger, it cannot be recommended in all cases because of its carcinogenic effect. If, however, estrogen therapy is undertaken, it should never be administered at the same time as vitamin E therapy. Ingestion of estrogen and vitamin E should be separated by several hours. Beet juice has been found very useful in menopausal disorders. It should be taken in small quantities of 60 to 90 ml at a time thrice a day. It has proved much more permanently helpful than the degenerative effects of drugs or synthetic hormones. Carrot seeds have also been found valuable in menopausal tension. A teaspoonful of the seeds should be boiled in a glassful of cow’s milk for about 10 minutes and taken daily as a medicine in this condition.

      Plenty of outdoor exercise, such as walking, jogging, swimming, horse riding, or cycling, is imperative to postpone menopause. Other helpful measures in this direction are avoiding mental and emotional stress and worries, especially worry about growing old, sufficient sleep, and relaxation and following all general rules of maintaining a high level of health. The healthier a woman is, the fewer menopausal symptoms she will experience.

      The menopause can be made a pleasant affair by building bodily health and a sane mental outlook. From puberty to menopause, a woman has been somewhat of a slave to her female glands. At specified intervals she was inconvenienced by her menstrual periods. She bore children, enduring the pain and discomfort of pregnancy. Menopause relieves her of this bondage to her femininity. She can now experience some of the happiest days of a woman’s life. A whole new life is given to her, if she is wise enough to prepare for it and accept it as such.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  27. QUESTION:
    Best & effective herbal medicine for arthiris?
    Medicine from the pharmacy might be good but I prefer herbal medicines. Anyone can recommend a proven, effective herbal medicine for arthritis?

    Or is there really a proven, effective medicine for arthritis that can be bought from the pharmacy?

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ARTHRITIS without any side effects or complications of any sort, (Arthritis including Gout, Arthritis Deformans/Osteoarthritis and Rheumatism). 100% Cure when prescribed exactly according to the patients symptoms :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k, 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly

      When Rhus Tox cease to work; pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain :- violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav 200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling; pain joints; worse at night Iodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold ; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulphur 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour 12X or 30, 4 hourly

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine. Cures Par Excellence.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  28. QUESTION:
    Ginseng oil- does it have any health benefits?
    I'm currently burning some ginseng oil (in an oil lamp), and am just wondering if the vapour has any health benefits, or whether it's just a smell?

    • ANSWER:
      The active ingredients of ginseng (American and Asian) are called "ginsenosides." These ingredients are reported to have an ability to improve stamina and learning capacity, to act as a sedative and to help control low blood sugar. Due to the structure and concentration of the active ingredients, American ginseng may be more suitable for individuals who are coffee drinkers, overweight, or have insomnia and Asian ginseng may be more suitable for individuals who do not have high blood pressure, are athletic, but feel fatigued or have high stress jobs.

      Research suggests that Asian ginseng may be involved in a complex interaction of hormonal pathways that regulate the body's response to stress. Asian ginseng has been recommended for use by people who are athletes, fatigued or have high stress jobs. Compared to placebo, one study has demonstrated improved mental health and social functioning after 4 weeks of therapy. This effect was noted to decrease with continued therapy.

      Other studies have looked at Asian ginseng's potential support for better overall health in diabetics. By affecting the adrenal gland, Asian ginseng may play a role in the regulation of insulin production. An animal study evaluated obese diabetic mice who received panax ginseng berry extract and its major component, ginsenoside Re, for twelve days. On the twelfth day the mice had normal blood sugar levels and had significantly improved glucose or sugar tolerance. Other effects observed were reduced cholesterol as well as weight loss due to less food consumption, increased body temperature and increased energy. Studies also suggest that Asian ginseng may support healthy function of the adrenal gland in people who do not have diabetes.

      Depending on the dosage taken, Asian ginseng may also have hyper- or hypotensive properties. At lower doses, it may raise blood pressure while lowering blood pressure at higher doses. Asian ginseng may also support cardiovascular health by lowering total cholesterol levels, raising HDL, or "good," cholesterol levels, and making the blood less thick.

      Other benefits ginseng may offer include: estrogen-like activity for support of symptoms of menopause, reduced risk of viral infection, anti-cancer and anti-aging effects on cells, protective effects for chemotherapy and radiation therapy patients, and enhanced recovery from surgery.

      Both American and Asian / Korean ginseng are taken are taken orally as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, nourishing stimulants and in the treatment of type II diabetes, including sexual dysfunction in men.

      Research has shown that it has a specific affinity for the spleen and lungs. Therefore, ginseng is widely used as a tonic for the spleen, kidney and adrenal function, and lungs, and generically used as a restorative for vital energy in the body. In general, most people find ginseng energy boosting.

      Traditional Chinese herbal medicine also uses ginseng for the treatment of various other wide-ranging conditions like asthma, weak pulse, hypertension, diabetes, insomnia, angina, congestive heart failure, lack of appetite, rectal prolapsed and heart palpitations.

      In the western pharmacopeias, ginseng is listed as an energy booster and memory aid. It has also gained a reputation to being a sexual stimulant and an elixir for treatment of impotence. Many have found ginseng sex enhancing.

      In addition, ginseng is commonly seen as a benefic in the area of gastrointestinal disorders, and also a promoter of long life.

      Although these claims of the health benefits of ginseng may seem very generic and have not been studied in clear quantifiable forms in laboratory experiments, most studies have registered marked improvement in energy, memory functions and performance, especially when individual has complains of tiredness and listlessness.

      Ginseng is also frequently used for skin problems. . Ginseng is used in natural skin care products for its toning and vitalising effects on the skin. Ginseng helps to balance the oil gland production and improves the skin texture by preventing the formation of wrinkles. Hence, it is used in skin care creams, lotions, toners, etc.

      Of course, to achieve the desired health effects of ginseng, and to ensure the efficacy of ginseng products, top quality sources of the herb must be obtained. This can be a great challenge, in view of the influx of substandard ginseng supplements available in the market today.

  29. QUESTION:
    any herbal pill supplements for menopause?
    i'm already started on black cohosh & dong quai. i just want to know if i can add any more to this? they must be in pill or capsule or gel form only. i need several menopause symptoms relieved: hot flashes, mood problems, insomnia occasionally, & urinary incontinence.

    thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi "likely S", most experts believe that all of the common symptoms of menopause are caused by the dramatic decline and fluctuations in the body’s levels of estrogen and to some extent progesterone, and the imbalance between them. Approaches to alleviating symptoms generally focus around restoring these hormone levels. Natural treatments are typically made from extracts of plants containing substances which are very similar to the estrogen and/or progesterone produced by the ovaries. The effectiveness of these treatments relies on the assumption that these phytoestrogens and plant progesterones have a similar effect in the body to the body’s own natural hormones. Some herbal treatments work by stimulating glands to produce natural hormones more effectively, rather than restoring the hormones artificially.

      Another approach is to treat each symptom individually. There is a range of natural treatments which focus specifically on alleviating common symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, libido problems, vaginal dryness and fatigue.
      Please look article: http://www.askedweb.com/askedweb/Natural_Remedies_For_Perimenopause_And_Menopause_Symptoms/
      Jason Homan

  30. QUESTION:
    Any medical minded buffs out there?
    I have been going through the menopause for a year or so now and thought that these horrible sweats would subside eventually. Unfortunately, they are getting worse, not only in the night, I now have them most of the day and it's interfering with my everyday life and work.. I have not opted for hormone replacement, so is there anything, other than that, which will calm these sweats down?? Also, is there a time limit that I should be looking forward to?? Thanks, I would really appreciate any decent advice...

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, these symptoms and discomfort are very typical, and they do take a while, there is not a set "time limit".

      Most "natural" remedies do not seem to be as effective as HRT, from what I had read and heard. But then some women swear by them.

      Check this out:

      HOT FLASHES: HERBAL AIDS

      Herbal remedies for women with hot flashes include

      1. plants that cool the system, such as chickweed, elder and violet;
      2. plants that nourish or increase oxygen utilization in the liver, such as dong quai, dandelion, Ho Shou Wu (polygonum multiflorum) and yellow dock; and
      3. plants rich in phytosterols, such as black cohosh.31

      Herbs and supplements found helpful by Dr. Susan Lark in her medical practice include dong quai, black cohosh, blue cohosh, unicorn root, fennel, sarsaparilla, red clover, wild yam root, yam, bioflavonoids and vitamin E. Dr. Michael Murray finds the four most useful herbs for treatment of hot flashes to be dong quai, licorice root, chasteberry (vitex) and black cohosh.

      Hot flashes deplete vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Frequent use of red clover or oatstraw infusions will help replace these needed nutrients,31 or these nutrients can also be found in food, or taken as supplements.

      Dong quai is an emmenagogue that has been found very helpful for menopausal problems such as regulation of hot flashes, and it is reported to help relieve mental and emotional upset.35

      Dong quai has been shown to both contract and relax uterine muscles in anaesthetized dogs, cats and rabbits. The contractive (excitatory) ingredient is felt to be a water and alcohol soluble, non-volatile oil component, whereas the relaxing (inhibitory) component is considered to be a volatile oil with high boiling point. This, not an estrogenic effect, is felt to be the mechanism underlying the effectiveness of dong quai in dysmenorrhea.34

      The effectiveness of dong quai in treating hot flashes may be due to stabilization of blood vessels.19 However, if you feel hot much of the time dong quai may not be your ally.31

      Chaste berry (Vitex) has been found to affect pituitary function and has many uses, particularly in regulating hot flashes and dizziness. Beneficial effects in menopause may be due to its role in altering LH and FSH secretion.19 Vitex lowers estrogen levels and increases progesterone levels, thus keeping bones and vaginal walls strong. Daily use enhances progesterone and luteotropic hormone but inhibits others such as FSH and prolactin. It also increases production of the brain chemical dopamine. It contains flavonoids, glycosides and micronutrients, but lacks phytosterols, making it a slow-acting tonic. Results become evident after 2-3 months of use, and permanent improvement requires a 1-year commitment.4

      Black cohosh was widely used by the American Indians and later by American colonists for relief of menstrual cramps and menopause. Recent scientific investigation has upheld the effectiveness of black cohosh as a treatment for dysmenorrhea and menopause. Clinical studies have shown extracts of black cohosh to relieve not only hot flashes but also depression and vaginal atrophy. In addition to these vascular effects, black cohosh reduces LH levels; thus the plant has a significant estrogenic effect.19 The use of 10-15 drops once or twice a day for several months significantly reduces LH but not FSH. Black cohosh has also been found to aid digestion by increasing digestive juices; use 3- 5 drops with meals.31
      Contraindications: Do not use black cohosh if you have menstrual flooding or suspect you may be pregnant. The irritating effects (headache, dizziness, visual disturbance, nausea) of black cohosh and other members of the buttercup family are more common and more troublesome in preparations made from dried, powdered roots. Given its estrogenic component, pregnant and nursing women should probably avoid the herb. Some herbalists extend this warning to women with estrogen-dependent cancer and women who are taking birth control pills or estrogen supplements after menopause. The same precaution applies to individuals with certain types of heart disease or those taking sedatives or blood pressure medications.

      Motherwort has been found to lessen the severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes, ease stressed nerves, relieve anxiety, and relieve insomnia. For best results with hot flashes, use this herb frequently for 3 months. A common dosage for hot flashes is 15-25 drops of tincture, 1-6 times a day. Do not use if you are experiencing menstrual flooding as motherwort can aggravate this.31

      Licorice root contains a saponin-like glycoside, glycyrrhizin (glycrrhizic acid)33 and has historically been used for a variety of female disorders and also as an expectorant and antitussive in treatment of respiratory tract infections and asthma. It is believed to reduce estrogen while increasing progesterone and is used for this reason by Dr. Michael Murray in his cli

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the common menopause problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Oestrogen is heaped on to a woman in an effort to keep her "young", not realising that entering the menopause years, is fulfilling her full promise as a woman. Most treatments focus on replacing the oestrogen or progesterone that is now not being produced by the body. In fact, during the transition period, not only the adrenal but all the other glands in the endocrine system take over and create, in the body, a very different mix for the post-menopausal woman. The woman who emerges from menopause is different. The body recognizes this and does not need to be fed hormones needed for a younger person but a mix of natural herbs that will help her body through the change. Her whole endocrine system needs to be nourished so that it will fulfill its purpose. Modern diets, water, air and exercise do not, however, prepare the body for the change. Modern food does not contain enough of the much needed ingredients to help the endocrine system. Consequently, a woman have all of several unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, fibroids, emotional swings, headaches, aching joints, sleep disturbances and even incontinence. There are various herbal supplements like Estrin-D and other remedies that can be used which contain the much needed natural and organic substances not found in modern food, which are needed to help in her transition to the menopause stage of her life.

  32. QUESTION:
    What herbal medicine works the best for "YOU" for menopausal?
    moods and hot flashes...Now I know everyone will be different. I welcome your answers!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic remedies for Menopause and Pre-Menopause:-

      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      The above is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  33. QUESTION:
    I'm having night sweats around 10 nights a month. what will help? I need a cool night. I'm only 42.?
    I know it's getting hotter out, but it seems to be around my cycle when I get night sweats

    • ANSWER:
      This could easily be menopausal.....the hot flashes may start to occur during the day, and they are annoying!! Without the HRT, if there is anything out there to control them, I haven't found it. I do take Black Cohosh regularly, which is herbal treatment for symptoms of menopause, which may or may not be helping. (I suspect it is).

      The night swets are intense enough to awaken you, aren't they? Just try to dress lightly at night, get used to using one blanket. Can also put the fan on low directed away from you to keep the air circulating, turn the heater down at night. As soon as you get yourself cooled down, you start getting too cold, right? I sometimes have 3/night.

      I hope Mother Nature is getting a kick out of herself!!

  34. QUESTION:
    Can you help me with my acne?
    Hi there,
    I am a 14 year old girl with pretty bad acne its not mild and its not severe so its just in the middle. I was wondering if you know any good acne products that do help! I have oily skin, if that helps. And i don't want a product that will damage my skin. Please help!
    Thanks :) xoxo.

    • ANSWER:
      Acne affects a very large number of people young and old. Although the condition is associated with teens it can strike at any age.

      Acne is usually caused by hormonal imbalance, which is why it often happens during adolescence. But hormones can change at any time in life. Pregnancy and the menopause are just two other major times of hormonal stress for the body.

      There are a huge array of products on the market all claiming that they are the best acne cure; the real question is how you choose your top acne products.

      Many people are swayed by the claims of advertisers or endorsements by celebrities, but you need to be aware that these people are being paid to help a manufacturer take your money. Many of the claims made about a product are made by people who have never used the lotion or cream they are selling.

      Choosing a product that will work on your acne and with your skin is something that can only be done by you. Different skin types will react differently to different products. When I first experienced acne I immediately reached for the lotion that my brother used - it worked for him. Unfortunately my skin reacted completely differently and within days my face was far worse than when I started. It was not a bad product - just not right for me.

      So just how do you go about choosing the products that will become your top acne remedies?

      Firstly consider your skin type. Is it oily or dry? Does it tend to react to cleansers and soaps or are you able to use any skin treatments? Is the acne wide spread or do you get one or two big spots? Do you also have visible blackheads?

      You need to choose a product that will treat the condition underlying your acne.

      If you have blackheads you need a scrub that will gently exfoliate the skin and unblock pores.
      If your skin is oily avoid creams and go for lotions which are must less likely to add to the oilyness.
      If your skin is sensitive you may be better choosing natural herbal products over harsh chemicals.
      If you are aware that your acne is linked to hormonal changes there are homeopathic remedies that will help balance you body.
      Be sure to give a product time to work. Some may not give visible results for several weeks. Particularly those that are treating the route cause and not just the symptoms.

      If your skin reacts to a product make a note of the active ingredients. Many products use similar ingredients and if you have reacted to something in one product it is likely you will get a similar reaction to lotions containing the same active ingredients.

      Once you have found a product that works for you stick with it. It may be a fairly lengthy process involving some trial and error, but if you follow these tips you will be able to home in on the product that is right for you. Then before you know it you will be enjoying visibly clearer skin.

  35. QUESTION:
    i've heard agnus castus is good for pms is this true?
    and how safe it is? also is dong quai good for periods?

    • ANSWER:
      VITEX AGNUS CASTUS

      The common name of this herb is Agnus Castus. It is not a cactus (it is sometimes mis-pronounced "Agnus Cactus"), but a member of the Verbena family.

      The name 'Agnus Castus' derives from the Greek for 'chaste'. According to Pliny, writing in the first century, Greek women wishing to preserve their chastity placed leaves of this plant on their beds and slept on them. Pliny's contemporary, Dioscorides, claimed that Agnus Castus preserved chastity because it smells so bad that, when strewn on the bed, it was enough to deter amorous advances from men!

      Agnus Castus was certainly used widely by the ancient herbalists. Dioscorides even concurrs with its current uses; "it both brings down the milk and expels the menstrua".

      Although not a native plant of the UK, records indicate that it was in use here by 1500. It is then mentioned in Gerard's herbal in the seventeenth century. Until recent years, though, you would have difficulty finding much written in UK herb books about Agnus Castus. It is in the rest of Europe that the herb has had the most use over the past century.

      Only in the last ten years has it become popular again in the UK - and, now, in America.

      USES OF AGNUS CASTUS
      The herb is mainly known as a remedy used by women. I will concentrate on its effects for PMT and menopause - its main uses today.

      The effect it has on female hormones is largely a balancing effect. This 'normalising' influence makes it useful in a wide range of situations. And it can be helpful for a large proportion of the time - some studies indicate improvments in symptoms for 90% of sufferers from PMT.

      PMT - Agnus Castus can improve; Headache
      Breast tenderness
      Fatigue
      Bloating
      Anxiety and other similar psychological symptoms
      Irregular cycle
      Short or long cycle

      MENOPAUSE - Agnus Castus can improve;Night sweats
      Hot flushes (flashes)
      Fatigue

      Although Agnus Castus is recommended by several sources for increasing breast milk - as referred to by Dioscorides - I have come across little evidence for this.

      DOSAGE
      Raw herb (powdered whole berry): 1-2 grammes (2-4 capsules) daily.
      Fluid Extract: 20-40 drops,
      Tincture: 60-120 drops (about 1-2 teaspoonsful, or 3-6ml).

      Or follow the instructions on any proprietory pack of an Agnus Castus product being used.

      Agnus Castus is usually taken as a single dose first thing in the morning. This is the best time to influence the Pituitary gland - which apears to be the main target of the herb.

      Results of using Agnus Castus are often seen within a few weeks. However, if you see no change, don't give up until you have taken it through two periods, if taking it for PMT; or for two months otherwise.

      If you begin to obtain benefits, continue using Agnus Castus for 4-6 months, then reduce the dose by half for a few weeks. If the improvement is maintained, leave off altogether. If symptoms return, restore the previous dosage, and continue for a further 2-3 months. If the symptoms keep returning when you try to wean yourself off the herb, see a qualified practitioner in alternative therapy. The Agnus Castus may be a useful 'crutch' for you - but you probably need professional help in treating a more fundamental imbalance.

      COMBINATIONS
      You may also see Agnus Castus combined with other herbs in combination products. It often happens that a combination of herbs will be more effective than a single herb. There are a number of proprietory examples of formulations for women which include Agnus Castus. Find a product which works for you - either the single herb or a combination of herbs - and then continue with it for a full course of treatment.

      CAUTIONS
      Do not take Agnus Castus during pregnancy; and it would be wise to avoid it when taking any other product or drug which affects the female hormone system - such as HRT or the contraceptive pill.

      Reports of negative reactions to Agnus Castus are few. About one in 50 people may experience mild indigestion, or a mild skin rash. If this happens, stop taking the herb, temporarily, then re-introduce it more slowly.

      KEEPING A RECORD OF YOUR HEALTH
      As always where your health is concerned - keep a record. Note in a diary how you are feeling when taking Agnus Castus or an Agnus Castus combination. This is often very useful when deciding how beneficial a treatment has been. It can also be helpful information for a practitioner, should you consult one.

      We will come back to the subject of herbs particularly for women in the future. Agnus Castus is certainly one of the the major single herbs in this category.

  36. QUESTION:
    Cool so i havent had a period and i am 48 is this cool or what?
    Yes i had sex ! No i dont feel pregnant! I need an older woman to tell me this is normal,including taking on the weight of the world,being stressed out,my dad is senile (but functional),I am horniier than than the platypus humpin legs in polls n surveys,cant think,chain smoke and my ex called me?help

    • ANSWER:
      sorry honey, but it sounds like this may be the start of menopause (can start from 45-50 or so). Usually starts with irregular periods, you may get longer gaps between them or even worse, instead of ovulating you will get another period (a period every 2-3 weeks is such a pain). But it all passes. Even without the weight of the world on your shoulders many women going through menopause experience fits of anxiety. It's all the fluctuations in hormones, that can make you as horny as a goat too!

      If it's really disturbing you, check out the net for sites on options for treatments to relieve the symptoms of menopause, there is HRT and other things such as over the counter herbal remedies. I've heard some women say primrose oil and fish oil seem to help with the mood swings.

      Menopause is an individual and deeply personal experience for each woman.The best advice I can give you is research the options and try and see what works for you. One important thing is to keep your calicum levels up and your fat levels down. (weight gain and calcium depletion are real challenges once the estrogen disappears)

      Good luck

  37. QUESTION:
    Dryness in vagina How to overcome this?
    I feel very dry when having sex I am 40 years old How do I overcome this Some say using estrogen cream will help Will it help some one please help me

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal Dryness affect women of all ages but ur chance of vaginal dryness is mostly due to ur age, 40. VD occurs, oops! Vaginal Dryness occurs between the ages of 40 and 59, most during & after Menopause. Stress and anxiety has also been known to contribute to Vaginal Dryness and irritation.
      If the Vagina is not lubricated properly, it not only feels uncomfortable but also causes Sexual Intercourse to be incredibly painful. As a result, women who suffer from Vaginal Dryness tend to steer away from Sexual Intercourse and often experience a drop in libido.
      Symptoms and signs that may accompany vaginal dryness include- Itching, Burning, Pressured feeling, Urgency to urinate or urinating frequently, Pain or light bleeding with sex.
      Vaginal dryness is the primary symptom of lower estrogen levels. Estrogen, a female hormone helps to keep the vagina well lubricated, maintains acidity and tissue elasticity and creates a natural defense against infections. It causes the vagina to thicken but when estrogen levels decreases, the vaginal tissue starts thinning, loses its elasticity and become more fragile.
      Natural and holistic treatments have also proven to be quite effective in reducing vaginal dryness. Herbs such as Dong Quai, a very well known Chinese herb helps to support balance of female hormones and to promote hormonal health during the menopause and perimenopause. Other herbal ingredients such as Black Cohosh and Wild yam and isoflavones may also help to relieve vaginal dryness in some women. UsinG Condoms, also causes Vaginal Dryness, so, try to avoid it.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me about St John wort,does it work for anxiety.?

    • ANSWER:
      St. John's wort is an extract from the Hypericum perforatum plant. The extract has traditionally been given to patients suffering from a variety of conditions. One possible application of St. John's wort is in the treatment of anxiety. Understanding the benefits and limitations of St. John's wort can help you decide if it is right for you. As always, consult a physician prior to taking any medical or dietary supplement.

      Uses of St. John's Wort

      St. John's wort has been used to treat numerous medical conditions. Most commonly, it is used in patients suffering from depression, MedlinePlus reports. Typically, the supplement is most effective in treating mild to moderate depression. St. John's wort is also purported to be effective in treating heart palpitations, mood changes, symptoms of menopause, and psychological disorders such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder or seasonal affective disorder.

      St. John's Wort and Anxiety

      Anxiety is the intense feeling of nervousness or unease about the future or present events. Often anxiety is a symptom of an underlying condition such as bipolar disorder, depression or paranoia. According to Drugs.com, St. John's wort has been used to alleviate anxiety. When anxiety is associated with mild depression, St. John's work can be very effective. However, an article in the August 15, 2007, edition of "American Family Physician" claims that St. John's wort may not be truly effective in treating anxiety. The article cites the lack of clear clinical evidence of the extract's ability to treat patients with anxiety. The study recommends that further trials should be performed in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the drug.

      How Does St. John's Wort Work?

      The chemicals found in the St. John's wort extract provide the medical benefit of the supplement. It was once thought that the chemical hypericin was the chief functional ingredient, MedlinePlus explains. However, recent information states that hyperforin is the more active compound. Both these chemicals act on neurotransmitters within your body's nervous system. By modulating the functions of these neurotransmitters, St. John's wort is able to regulate your mood.
      Side Effects

      St. John's wort, like most compounds used for medical treatment, can have adverse side effects. Though rare, you may have an allergic reaction to the ingredients of St. John's wort, Drugs.com warns. If you experience any swelling of your tongue or face or have any difficulty breathing after taking the supplement, seek immediate medical attention. Other less serious side effects include a rash, gastrointestinal distress and constipation. If you use St. John's wort on your skin, you may develop a rash and an increased sensitivity to sunlight.
      References

      MayoClinic.com: St. John's Wort (Hypericum Perforatum L.)
      MedlinePlus: St. John's Wort
      "American Family Physician"; Herbal and Dietary Supplements for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders; Sy Atezaz Saeed, M.D., et al.; August 15, 2007
      Drugs.com: St. John's Wort

  39. QUESTION:
    i am 45 years old and i have been diagnosed with fibroids . i am starting to feel the symtoms of menopause.?
    i just want to know should i have surgery and remove the fibroid or should i just let nature take it course and go through menopause and the bleeding will stop all together.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi

      You seemed to have done a lot of research on the treatment options available to you.

      For women approaching menopause ( which can happen anytime between 45-50 years it is best to adopt the wait and watch approach. With the onset of menopause the levels of estrogen in your body will automatically decline and stop your fibroids growth.

      Are the fibriods symptoms bothering you? If so for relief from pain and discomfort caused by fibroids you can consider natural remedies for fibroids treatment. These are simple cures based on diet, exercise, weight control and herbal medication to shrink fibroids naturally and prevent the growth of new tumors.

      http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Select-Type-of-Treatment-For-Fibroids-Which-Will-Suit-You-the-Best&id=4788711

  40. QUESTION:
    14 weeks, bad uterine cramps every time i bend my legs ?
    Everytime im laying down on my side and bend my legs i get horrible cramps, so I'm guessing thats not good...but i don't get why? and when i straighten out my belly feels fine. they feel like horrible menstrual cramps.

    • ANSWER:
      Search resultsWhat to Do for Bad Menstrual Cramps | eHow.com
      Normal menstrual cramps are the result of small uterine contractions. For most women, they're just an inconvenience. For others, the cramps are so severe they disrupt ...
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      Remedies For Bad Menstrual Cramps. Menstrual cramps, or dysmenorrhea, are dull, throbbing pains that occur right before or during a woman's menstrual cycle. The Mayo ...
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      Menstrual Cramps Causes, Symptoms, Signs, Remedies, Diagnosis ...
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      Foods That Are Bad For Menstrual Cramps. Menstrual cramps can be a part of a woman's natural cycle. High levels of chemicals known as prostaglandins can cause ...
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  41. QUESTION:
    How to Treat Oligomenorrhea?
    We want to get pregnant! How can we treat my wife's Oligomenorrhea without fertility drugs?

    • ANSWER:
      What is the treatment?
      Treatment of oligomenorrhea depends on the cause. Oligomenorrhea in teenagers and women near menopause requires no treatment at all. Serious athletes may need to vary their training routine and improve their eating habits in order to resume a regular menstrual cycle. Oligomenorrhea is often treated with birth control pills to improve the woman's hormonal balance. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome also are treated with hormones. Anorexia nervosa is a complicated eating disorder that affects the patient's physical and mental health. If an eating disorder is causing the symptoms, the disorder must be addressed through a combination of medical treatment and psychotherapy. If symptoms are caused by a tumor, the tumor may need to be surgically removed. Alternative treatments for oligomenorrhea include natural hormone replacement therapy, glandular therapy, acupuncture, herbal therapy, and meditation. Your doctor can help find the right combination of treatments for you. Most women who follow a treatment plan that results in more frequent periods find that they are able to conceive a child when they are ready.

      Self-care tips
      Always check with your doctor if you miss more than one menstrual period, especially if you are sexually active and have not used birth control. If you are overweight, avoid extreme diets that deprive you of the calories you need to stay active and maintain a normal energy level. If you have an irregular cycle, try keeping a record of when your period starts and stops each month. This information will be helpful if you need to see your doctor about your symptoms. Avoid cigarette smoking, recreational drugs, and excessive use of alcohol. Also avoid situations that you know cause extreme stress. If you are involved in strenuous physical activity, you may need to cut back on your program to help your periods become regular again.

  42. QUESTION:
    what is the most effective remedy for yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      (m)

      Vaginal Yeast Infection
      Vaginal yeast infections are caused by a fungus called Candida albicans which is normally found in small amounts in the vagina but can overgrow when the vaginal pH balance changes from its normal acidic levels to a more alkaline one.

      This can be caused by your period, pregnancy, diabetes, birth control pills, steroids, and antibiotic use.

      Yeast infections are also more common after menopause due to declining estrogen levels, which thin the vaginal walls.

      It's estimated that three out of four women will have a yeast infection in their lifetime.
      Boric Acid Suppositories
      The most effective natural treatment for yeast infections is boric acid capsules that are inserted into the vagina. Boric acid acidifies the vagina, which restores the natural balance of bacteria and yeast.

      Boric acid treatment is especially useful for people with chronic yeast infections that haven't responded to over-the-counter or prescription anti-fungal medications.

      For example, one of my clients who had a chronic yeast infection for over a year and hadn't improved after taking over-the-counter creams, prescription drugs, and natural home remedies such as garlic clove suppositories, tea tree vaginal douches, apple cider vinegar, and acidophilus (good bacteria) douches.

      After her third day of taking a boric acid suppository I suggested, her symptoms were almost completely gone. After 2 more days, she experienced no symptoms and the yeast infection did not come back.

      Some pharmacies can prepare boric acid capsules for you. Ask to have size "0" gelatin capsules filled with 600 mg of powdered boric acid in each capsule.

      Yeast infection treatment is typically 3 to 7 days. Chronic yeast infections may require a longer treatment, but it should be done under the supervision of a naturopathic doctor or holistic practitioner, because using boric acid suppositories for more than a week can cause irritation.

      One capsule is typically inserted at night before going to bed. Some people may need to take it in the morning and evening. With a vitamin E gelatin capsule or vitamin E oil each night, to prevent irritation.

      To prevent yeast infections from recurring, a common recommendation is to take one capsule a day for 3 days a month.

      There is also a ready-made boric acid suppository called Yeast Arrest, manufactured by Vitanica, a supplement company based in Oregon. Yeast Arrest contains boric acid, the herbal antifungal oregon grape root, and calendula to reduce inflammation.

      Important Precautions:

      boric acid is toxic and should never be taken internally or placed on cuts or open wounds

      side effects may include irritation and burning

      boric acid should never be used during pregnancy

      Symptoms of Yeast Infections
      itching and burning around the vagina

      white vaginal discharge that may look like cottage cheese

      pain during sexual intercourse

      burning with urination[]
      Getting Yeast Infections Diagnosed
      Although there are many over-the-counter remedies and natural treatments, you should see a doctor to get properly diagnosed and evaluated, especially if:
      this is your first yeast infection

      you've had other types of vaginal or urinary tract infections

      you've already tried treating yourself and symptoms persist

      you have a weakened immune system due to cancer treatments or diseases such as AIDS

      you have a fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, abdominal or back pain, bloody discharge, or difficult or increased urination. Go to the hospital immediately, as it may be a serious condition such as kidney infection, appendicitis, or pelvic inflammatory disease.

      you're with a new sex partner or have had multiple sex partners. It's important to make sure you don't have a sexually transmitted disease, since the symptoms can be similar.
      Vaginal yeast infections can be confused with these conditions:
      Bacterial vaginosis - this common condition occurs when there is an imbalance between good and bad bacteria in the vagina, with an overgrowth of good bacteria. Bacterial vaginosis can spread through sexual intercourse, but it can also occur in women who douche or use an intrauterine birth control device (IUD). It is also common in pregnancy. Symptoms include a gray, foul-smelling discharge with a fishy odor. The odor is often more noticeable after sexual intercourse.

      Noninfectious vaginitis - Douches, perfumed soaps, spermicides, bubble baths and feminine hygiene sprays can irritate the skin around the vagina. Symptoms include itching, burning, and pain. One type, atrophic vaginitis, is caused by lowered estrogen after menopause.

      Trichomoniasis - Common sexually transmitted disease caused by the parasite trichomonas vaginalis. In men, it usually infects the urinary tract but often produces no symptoms. In women, symptoms can include greenish-yellow discharge that is sometimes frothy. People with trichomoniasis have a higher risk of other sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV.

      Complications
      The most important reason to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis is that if it's not actually a yeast infection, the delay in getting treated can cause complications.

      In pregnant women, vaginal infections can result in premature delivery and low birth weight.

      Untreated vaginal infections can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, a condition which can scar the fallopian tubes and cause infertility.

      Trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis have also been linked to an increased risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases.

      Prevention Tips
      don’t douche

      use a condom

      wear cotton vs. synthetic underwear

      avoid baths, hot tubs, whilpools

      avoid scented products, including tampons and feminine hygiene sprays

  43. QUESTION:
    what roles do reproductive hormones have on menopause, andropause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopausal Symptoms And Safe Hormones

      Menopause has its direct impact on women. It changes their behavior and creates some symptoms which are very uncomfortable to them. Hot flashes and dryness are very common when they face menopause. Recently it is found that women feel some unpleasant effects later if their packets at hormones are thrown away.

      Actually women are not free from absolute risk factors while taking hormone replacement therapy. Women want to have their hormone under control, but many women are successful to pass through menopause without any problem like dropping sweat from hot flashes. Some of them have felt more or less the same amount of discomfort. The common problems with menopause are hot flashes, night sweating, depression, vaginal dryness, insomnia, moodiness, heart palpitations, fear about memory losing etc. It is notable that women of age 30 to 40 are seen to have some of these problems.

      Many women are trying to treat it as a natural part of aging by using medication. But they are still in confusion about their future. However they need to maintain some rules. They must be careful about doing physical exercise, learn about the ways to reduce to stress etc. These would help them to suffer less. Why should they suffer anymore because of their ignorance? Nowadays many facilities to remove symptoms have been discovered. They can accept any way, but the notable thing is that, they must do physical exercise, eat healthy foods regularly that may be small in a amount, drinking a lot of water. These things must not be avoided.

      Women prefer to take estrogen and progesterone. Actually these things are used when women have little of them. Many doctors are suggesting using progesterone as creams. The body absorbs this cream and lets it to mix with the blood stream. But these hormones should be taken within some limitation. Taking too much is risky.

      Menopause Acupressure is another way that women are trying to remove symptoms. It has no side effect. Actually this works by using fingers. Some parts of the body are pressed by fingers. It can help to increase metabolism, fight fatigue etc. It does great against hot flash problems.

      Natural treatment is very effective. Nature has also provided hormones for them. Black Cohosh, Licorice root and fever few etc are very effective against these problems. Natural remedies are the best solution but some of them should be used with great cautions. Especially pregnant women, they should consult with a doctor before using these.

      There is no confusion to state that hormones should be used with care as it works for a blessing. But using it as harmful is not expected. Hormones may be bio-identical or not, that is not a factor. Women must take them in appropriate ways. Nowadays many healthcare providers are available for discussion about women’s concern regarding these problems, though some of healthcare providers do not have proper knowledge about herbal and nutritional preparations. The best way is to understand these things seriously and always work to find pleasure from it.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can I purchase and use OTC Menopause Meds and creams? and do they work?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Ruby,

      While menopause is a natural and expected process for every woman, the associated symptoms can be difficult and trying on both physical and emotional levels. Many women are now turning to the use of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to counteract these symptoms and nature has a medicine chest of ingredients that suit this purpose. Black cohosh is one such herbal ingredient that is well know for its ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

      Other highly successful ingredients for the treatment of menopausal symptoms include pasque flower which supports female health and sooths the nervous system, and Dong Quai which works to support the balance of female hormones while treating many of the symptoms related to PMS and menopause.

      http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/dongquai.htm and http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/mellowpause.htm are 2 such natural products that not only promote hormonal balance and help keep estrogen and progesterone levels within the normal range but also help maintain balanced moods and healthy sleep patterns during menopause.

      http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/femalube.htm is a tube as inquired by you to support healthy lubrication, and maintain vaginal tone and elasticity.

      Hope these help

      Good Luck

  45. QUESTION:
    what good for menopause can someone plz help me?
    im 51 yrs and im going through a horrible menopause how can i get the best treatment or how can i get help for it to get better and for hot flashes and headaches and irritable and body unbalanced can someone plz help

    • ANSWER:
      Some women decide to take herbal, natural, or plant-based products to help their symptoms. But there is not enough evidence to know if treatments like these are helpful. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of these treatments. They may have side effects or make another drug not work as well. Some of the most common ones are:

      Soy. This contains phytoestrogens (estrogen-like substances from a plant). Some research has shown that soy food products can help with mild hot flashes. Other research suggests that women who have been diagnosed with estrogen-dependent breast cancer should be cautious with their soy intake. Eating large amounts of soy products could be harmful for women with this type of breast cancer.
      Other sources of phytoestrogens. The active ingredients in most dietary supplements for menopause are phytoestrogens — chemicals found in plants that may act like the estrogen produced naturally in the body. These include herbs, such as black cohosh, wild yam, dong quai, and valerian root.
      Bioidentical hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormones are custom-mixed formulas containing various hormones that are chemically identical to those naturally made by your body. These over-the-counter products are marketed as being tailored to a woman’s individual hormone needs.

  46. QUESTION:
    in hot flases include burning sensation in back also?
    my mom is 48yrs old she had done uterus operation(laproscopy) 2 yrs back after that she always have burning sensation in her back neck legs randomly and random times not in fix order not for fix time and even expert doctors are unable to detect cause i want solution on that
    she dont hve thyroid

    • ANSWER:
      After Hysterectomy,menopause occures and many women experience hot flashes,night sweats and fatigue.Many times Thyroid is the culprit and by treating it, these symptoms vanish.Many patients have been treated successfully with oestrogen therapy and got total relief.Some really good and effective herbal and ayurvedic treatments are also available.Best of luck for your mom.

  47. QUESTION:
    herbal supplements solution to fibroids?
    non surgical options that have been tested and certified by physicians .

    • ANSWER:
      Natural treatment includes a whole foods diet with the elimination of estrogen containing meat and dairy products, plenty of phytoestrogen foods including soy, flax, and other beans and grains, vitamin and mineral supplementation including plenty of Vitamin C, betacarotene, vitamin E, B vitamins and magnesium.

      Pelvic circulation and energy can be increased with kegal exercises and alternating sitz baths. Acupuncture and massage can also increase circulation and energy. Emotional work should focus on expressing creativity.

      Herbal treatment for fibroids involves balancing hormones, increasing circulation and elimination, reducing bleeding and managing pain.

      To correct hormonal imbalance-
      Vitex- helps to normalize hormonal production and ovulation through its effects on the pituitary gland.
      Dosage- Liquid extract- 1/2 teaspoon each morning,
      Dry herb in capsules- 500 mg each morning
      Standardized extract-225 milligrams of an extract standardized for 0.5 percent agnusides

      To improve elimination-
      Dandelion-a very good nutritive herb with high levels of vitamins and minerals. Dandelion improves liver function, helping to metabolize hormones.
      Dosage-Liquid extract- 1 teaspoon three times a day
      Dry herb in capsules- 1000 mg three times a day

      To improve circulation and decrease bleeding-
      Witch hazel- a good astringent herb to help with excessive uterine bleeding
      Liquid extract- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon three times a day
      Dry herb in capsules-250-500 mg three times a day
      Caution- only use witch hazel intended for internal use, witch hazel preparations intended for topical application should not be taken internally.

      Relief of pain-
      Wild Yam-a good antispasmodic
      Liquid extract- 1/2-1 teaspoon every 2-3 hours as needed for pain
      Dry herb in capsules- 500- 1000 mg every 2-3 hours as needed for pain

      Sometimes it is recommended that you "wait and see" what will happen. This approach is most practical when menopause is not far away and when symptoms are limited. Fibroids generally continue to grow until menopause.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is it good to use GINSENG?
    FOR 20 YEARS OLD MALE?

    Thanks..
    Im talking about pills. And is there any side effects or anything bad? PLEASE NO WIKI COPY PASTE.

    • ANSWER:
      The use of herbs and other alternative medicine is a long-time approach to strengthen the body and promote overall health. Alternative medicine involves practices that are used as replacements for conventional medicines. Many people prefer to use them instead of over-the-counter medication based on the belief that these alternative medicines do not bring any side effects. People have used herbs for centuries to treat disease and other infections. Herbs contain many active substances that can trigger side effects or interact with drugs, supplements, or other herbs. This is the reason why herbs should taken with extreme care and caution.

      Ginseng is one of the famous alternative medications used to treat stress, anxiety, fatigue, and other physical illness. It contains combinations of carbohydrate compounds, nitrogenous compounds, and other necessary vitamins and minerals. Ginseng is used to treat fever, fatigue, respiratory tract disorders, and other illness. In addition, this herb supports cancer treatment. It helps rebuild cells and give strength to muscles, which are necessary for cancer treatment. Other benefits may include increased vitality, extended endurance, relieved body stress, balanced metabolism, and many more. Ginseng is also a treatment for sexual health because it helps cure sexual dysfunction for both sexes. This herb can be an alternative for women who suffer from post-menopause symptoms. Ginseng is most famous because of its ability to slow down the aging process, it is used as a supplement in various anti-aging medicines. Many alternative drugs like ginsengs are out in the market to boost energy, concentration, and enhance physical or cognitive performance. Many ginsengs are believed to act as tonics that improve the body's balance, enhance stamina, and resistance to diseases.

      The health benefits of ginseng have been proven by medical researches. However, this herb is not a perfect herb. Just like any over the counter and alternative medicines, there are possible side effects that can be encountered while using it. The most usual side effects of ginseng are:

      · High blood pressure
      · Insomnia
      · Restlessness
      · Anxiety
      · Euphoria
      · Diarrhea
      · Vomiting
      · Headache
      · Nosebleed
      · Breast pain
      · Vaginal bleeding

      In addition to these side effects, large amounts of ginseng can cause trouble to individuals with diabetes. Ginseng may lower blood sugar levels, and possibly result to lessened blood sugar levels. Too low blood sugar levels may result to shakiness, sweating, distorted speech, loss of muscle control, and confusion. Unregulated cases of extremely low blood sugar may lead to unconsciousness and even death.

      There are possibilities that ginseng can lead to unwanted health effects when it is mixed with other substances. Caffeine, for instance, when taken with ginseng may cause excessive nervousness and irritability. Beverages with caffeine like coffee, tea, and sodas should not be consumed with ginseng. Some interactions with herbal products and medications may be severe than others. Seeking advice from medical specialists is the best way to avoid harmful interactions. Medications currently taken, including supplements, vitamins, and over the counter products are factors that should be considered before taking herbal medication.

  49. QUESTION:
    gout. Can any one give Siddha/Ayurvedic/Homeopathic medicines for Gout?
    A swelling occurs frequently in my left leg, mainly on the toe joints and in the left leg ankles. My uric acid level exceeds 7. I am a strict Vegetarian, aged 47, Male. No other problems like Blood Pressure/Diabetis. I dont have trust in Allopathy. Therefore, I request the readers to kindly suggest me some herbal medicines(Siddha/Ayurvedic/Naturopathy) or Homeopathic remedies.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for Arthritis (including Gout,Arthritis Deformans and Rheumatism) due to different reasons and with different set of symptoms. The Remedy its potency the dosage and the frequency of doasage are also included. Choose the remedy which is the most similar to the your symptoms as advised :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet. Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal;worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M, fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum K.1M, fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30, 4 hourly

      When Rhus tox cease to work;pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly(6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints.At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis).Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim-crud 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30 4 hourly

      Rheumatism;worse in damp cold weather. Gout Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain - violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana.200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30, 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium phos.6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benz 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica U.Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid,particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly(3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus.30 or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness,f eels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferior complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav.200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vul Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q, 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling;p ain joints; worse at night Iodium 30, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, sciatica and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M , weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck.Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulfur 200 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrium phos.6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour.12X or 30, 4 hourly.

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      If you have symptoms different then those mentioned here please post your symptoms for further help. Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease, so what and how you exactly feel is how it treats you.
      Take Care and God Bless you.

  50. QUESTION:
    what are the known effects of drinking rose blossom tea?

    • ANSWER:
      A tea made from the flower buds and leaves of the rose (Rosa gallica) have been used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine to treat conditions influenced by female hormones, including menopause and dysmenorrhea. No clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of rose tea have been done previously.

      In the current study, 109 adolescent girls between 15 and 18 years old with dysmenorrhea were randomly assigned to either a drink rose tea or not (control group). None of the girls had underlying health problems that would account for their dysmenorrhea.

      The girls in the tea group were instructed to drink 2 cups of rose tea every day from one week before the onset of their menses until the fifth day of their menses, a total of about 12 days per month, for six cycles. A cup of tea was prepared by steeping 6 dried rosebuds in 10 ounces of hot water for 10 minutes. Pain, distress, anxiety, perceived stress, and well-being were assessed using questionnaires given to all of the girls at the beginning of the study, and after one month, three months, and six months of treatment.

      Those drinking rose tea had significantly lower levels of menstrual pain, distress, anxiety, and perceived stress and higher sense of well-being than the control group after one month of treatment; well-being, pain, distress, and anxiety, continued to improve during the course of the study and were at their best after six months.

      These findings suggest that rose tea can be effective for relief of dysmenorrhea in adolescent girls. In this study, it specifically reduced pain and emotional symptoms and increased well-being. The benefits of drinking rose tea appear to be both immediate and cumulative, though how it works is still unknown. Further research is needed to confirm the results of this study and to determine the properties of rose that might account for its beneficial effects.

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