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What Other Herbs May Help Menopausal Symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What chinese medicine herbs treat psoriasis?
    I just saw an acupunturist/chinese medicine doctor to help my psoriasis after seeing 3 dermatologists. He gave me three immortals. I googled it and it supposedly helps menopausal symptoms and not psoriasis. I have put in a call to him about these herbs, but I think he made a mistake.

    Can someone tell me which herbs do help treat it? Which brands etc. sell it?
    To the person who answered below, the CMD I saw said I had a liver issue and hot blood.

    • ANSWER:
      Chinese medicine addresses the pattern of imbalance in a person. The manifestations of any one pattern of disharmony can manifest in many ways depending on the constitution of a person. Also, there can be many patterns of disharmony responsible for any given ailment. Of 10 patients with psoriasis, each may have a very different treatment protocol.

      The primary indications of the formulas used (I presume you were given a bottle of patent herbs in pill form) can sometimes be misleading. You are taking a variation of Er Xian Tang which is used to tonify Kidney energy which is often depleted in menopausal women, but can also present in younger people, again depending on your particular constitution. You may have back ache, menstrual issues, irritability or insomnia, frequent urine etc.

      So, to answer your question, without having completed a fairly comprehensive intake (by western standards), nobody can give you an effective herbal recommendation. There is no "magic bullet", and herbs that worked for one person may not work for another with a different presenting pattern.

      I urge you to continue with the prescribed treatment for a few weeks and see what happens. I presume the TCMD you saw was well qualified, and if not, I would find one that is. Chinese medicine really shines where these sorts of obscure, poorly understood conditions are concerned. Good luck!

      Further to your reply above:

      This formula you're on will nourish and cool LIver blood in addition to strengthening the Kidneys (Kidneys are the "root" and are very closely related to Liver). It was likely chosen based on the sum of your presenting signs and symptoms. You see how the primary indications of a formula can be misleading. I hope you'll persevere. Are you getting acupuncture treatments? They would be very helpful to speed things along.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there an herb that helps lower blood pressure?
    I have borderline high pressure & would really like to consider a herbal method instead of a prescription drug.

    Is there a herb that may work?

    Thank you~

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) :-

      Head remedy; with nervousness (during pregnancy use with care) Rauwolfia S Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly

      With depression; suicidal tendency; cardiac symptoms Aurum Met 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      With arteriosclerosis and senile paresis Aurum Iod 30, 6 hourly

      With senility and senile behavioural changes Baryta Carb 200 or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Systolic pressure high and diastolic pressure very low Baryta Mur 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      With constriction in heart region and anginal pain Cactus G.Q or 30, 3 hourly

      For fat and flabby patient; sweat on head, palms and soles, craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      In old age; old bachelors and old maids Conium mac.200 or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Palpitations in slight exertion; dyspnoea, insomnia and gastric complaints Crataegus ox.Q or 30, 4 hourly

      Due to shock (broken love affair etc) emotional disturbances Ignatia 200 or 1M, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Due to congestion in brain; severe headache, lassitude and dizziness Glonoine 3X or 6X, 1/2 hourly

      Due to syphilitic origin; lancinating pain in head and bones Kali Iod 30 or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Due to gastric origin; flatulence; craving for sweets and warm food; worse 4 - 8pm. Lycopodium 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Due to shock or grief; hyperthyroidism, goitre, addision's disease, diabetes etc.Desire for salt preparations Natrum Mur 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      In syphilitic cases; angina pectoris; vertigo, dyspnoea and endocarditis Natrum iod.30 or 200, 10 min(3 Doses)

      In tall, intelligent,hypertensive people; craves for icy cold things; fear of dark and stroms etc. Phosphorus 30 or 200 10 min (3 Doses)

      With sclerotic degeneration specially of spinal cord Plumbum iod 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Due to grief; apprehension, dullness, loss of thirst etc. Gelsemium 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      During menopausal stage; worse after sleep; great loquacity Lachesis 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Bursting pain in head; better by cold application, pressure, vertigo; palpitation of heart; worse when alone; sleeplessness with heaviness in head; oedematous swelling on face and legs Boerhaavia diffusa Q or 6X, 4 hourly
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      Take the medicine which is the most similar to your symptoms, conditions as prescribed above.

      Take Care and God Bless you !

  3. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else had serious restless leg problems while taking a dietary supplement with Black Cohosh in it?
    (I started taking a dietary supplement containing 40mg of Black Cohost extract to help with my hot flashes) . . . however,
    I have been experiencing serious restless leg symptoms ever since I started taking it a couple weeks ago. I have even tried taking it at different times, but the results is always the same. I can take a capsule in the morning, suffer restless leg symptoms most of the night, and still have lingering restless leg symptoms most of the next day.

    • ANSWER:
      It may just be a coincidence to have the restless legs symptoms at the time you started taking the Black Cohosh as I haven't heard of this being a side effect of the herb.

      I would continue taking the Black Cohosh for now and try something to help with the restless legs. I have heard that Coral Calcium is really good or alternatively try a magnesium/calcium combination tablet from any health store, such as dolomite or a proprietary formula/blend that is more easily absorbed such as a citrate blend. This should be in a ratio of 2:1 calcium:magnesium, such as 500mg calcium and 250mg magnesium. It is the magnesium in particular that helps with any muscular tension and spasms,but it is always best taken in combination with calcium. Take one after your evening meal.

      If you don't have any success with the Black Cohosh after taking for 3-4 months then try Sage leaf capsules (Salvia officinalis). These can also help alleviate any sweating.
      I would also seriously recommend taking 400iu of Vitamin E as this can preserve any hormone you do produce and in so doing should help counteract any flushes. If you are still pretty much perimenopausal as opposed to full-blown menopausal then the herb Agnus castus could help by improving your natural regulation of hormones. Basically, there are a few alternatives to Black Cohosh if that doesn't help. But you do have to try a herb for a few months to see any real effect.
      Others include: Red Clover blossoms, Dong quai (Angelica sinensis), Licorice extract (not if you have high blood pressure though), and Soya isoflavones (not if you are hypothyroid/borderline hypothyroid though). All beans and pulses increase the amount of isoflavones available in the diet and can help with menopausal symptoms in theory.

      Hope this helps.
      Best wishes.

  4. QUESTION:
    How often does a menopause aged women stop having her period & that is it?
    I have heard so many women complain about hot flashes & their period coming back, etc. Yet I have also heard women say they stopped having their period & never had a hot flash or anything else. What are the chances of that happening?

    I would imagine the healthier a women is the better the chance of things going smoother? Any info. on that?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are going through menopause now i can give you some suggestions about hot flashes and you can find your answers at http://menopauseandweight.com/

      Menopause is a stressful time for woman. It usually occurs when women reach the age of around 50. So it is easily understandable that women face this only one in life and forever.

      As it is not a common phenomenon, most of women cannot understand whether their menopausal period has started or not, though they can diagnose themselves easily. But there remains some confusion. It is always best to go to doctor and check for this problem. It is the best way to understand whether menopause has started or not.

      As mentioned earlier that menopause occurs when women turn the age of around 50, but some may experience it between the age of 46 and 55. It is a natural phenomenon. So women should be positive. Certainly this is a fearful or uncomfortable matter for women. Here is a matter for thinking. They should realize that though it is a great grief, they need to think of it as natural event. They should educate their mind. Menopause happens to all women around the age of 50, so every woman at this age face this trouble. So challenges should be taken and learned from others who have passed that time. Discussion is very necessary here. Thus they can feel and take it easier and can continue their daily life.

      Discovering menopausal symptoms in the body does not mean menopause has started. Actually when any woman’s period is missing for about a year, then she experience menopausal period.

      To prevent this mentally, education is so very important. Education brings light. So women should know and learn much about menopause. Thus light will clear all of the grief. It is notable that superstition is not education and believing superstition is harmful. Education can also help them to prepare mentally. This brings a change to the life. With menopause, some menopausal symptom may come as painful and disgusting. But changing the mind to feel happy is great. However menopausal symptoms can be cured. So they need not worry about that. They should take all hormonal changes as easy and natural.

      Women should take care of their health. Too much worrying reduces defense system of the body as a result diseases can easily attack. Thus they become sick. To make this period easy, they can look for some helpful things such as a natural progesterone cream made from natural element can improve their symptom. But they must remain conscious of the usages rule. It is better to check whether that product is appropriate for them or not.

      Some herbs are very useful. The herb red clover brings many benefits. It contains vitamin B and Gamma oryzenol.

      Let’s not think about it too much. If any problems occur, nutritionists and doctors can help them a lot. But they should look for a qualified person.

      Eventually it is clear that there is no factor for women passing menopausal periods to fear. There is lot of women, who have passed that time and with a lot of natural elements near at hands. Now is the time for understanding these.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to increase hormonce if both overys are removed?
    My sister had removed both overy by dr. Now she has to take tablates to increase hormonce but its harmful for her, So please tell me any natural medicine or homely item which is helpful to increase hormonce and make balance in her body structure.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat soy protein. Soy isoflavones have been the subject of numerous studies and the subject of more than 1,000 articles in medical and scientific journals in the past decade. Researchers have found that soy phytoestrogens (plant estrogens that act like natural estrogens when ingested) help prevent bone loss in menopausal women, and that they lessen hot flashes, night sweats, and breast tenderness. It’s no wonder the average woman in Japan, who eats four to six servings of soy every day (100-200 mg soy isoflavones) experiences one third the menopausal symptoms and a far lower death rate from breast cancer than women who live in the West.

      Exercise! It lowers stress hormones, boosts your energy, builds bone mass, and increases immunity. Choose an activity that you like (walking, dancing, yoga, tennis) and do it several times a week.

      Cut down on caffeine and soft drinks. As little as 300 mg of caffeine can cause a considerable loss of calcium from the body. Caffeine also elevates the stress hormone cortisol, which can set you up for a host of health problems including poor sleep, impaired immunity, and age-related deterioration. Also, carbonated beverages have been found to leach calcium from your bones.

      Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Water is the key to life. It clears out toxins, lowers your levels of histamines—which trigger allergic reactions— promotes clear, moist skin, and maintains overall health. Without enough water, dehydration in the body creates an imbalance in minerals, which can throw your hormones out of whack.

      Eat whole, organic, unprocessed foods. Eliminate dairy foods that come from cows fed hormones that increases milk production. There’s no telling how they may affect your hormones, so why take the risk?

      Get outside! A little sunlight everyday will enhance your body’s natural rhythms and provide you with vitamin D—essential for healthy bones.

      Take These Herbs and Supplements

      TransMist Natural Progesterone Spray or Natural Progesterone Cream -- increase your progesterone levels and decrease excess estrogen levels.

      Chasteberry (Vitex agnus) – appears to increase secretions of LH (luteinizing hormone) and decrease FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), which means progesterone levels are increased and estrogen levels are decreased. This herb is especially helpful in treating PMS symptoms, heavy menstrual bleeding, and perimenopausal symptoms.

      Black Cohosh – Phytochemicals in black cohosh decrease LH, shifting the estrogen/progesterone ratio towards estrogens—just the opposite of what chasteberry does. This herb is especially useful as an aid for depression, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness at the time of menopause.

      Don Quai (Angelica sinensis) – One of the most respected herbs in Chinese traditional medicine, this herb is used as a women’s tonic to treat PMS and menstrual cramps. It acts as an estrogen modulator, which means that if estrogen levels are low, the herb’s phytoestrogens increase estrogen levels by filling unoccupied receptor sites. When estrogen levels are too high, the phytoestrogens block some of the estrogen by occupying the same receptor sites.

      Licorice – contains natural estrogenic compounds. Its active ingredient, glycyrrhizin—like the isoflavones in soy—appears to act as an estrogen modulator like in don quai, reducing estrogen levels in women when they’re too high and increasing the levels when they’re too low.

      Panax Ginseng – has been traditionally used in Asia for a wide variety of menstrual cycle disorders, as well as an anti-aging supplement; it is especially helpful for relieving vaginal dryness and pain.

      Magnesium - Relieves mood swings, and stress; enhances energy; supports normal sleep patterns.

      Vitamin B complex - Boosts immunity; protects against nervous disorders; alleviates fatigue; plays an important role in hormone balance.

      Multi-vitamin/mineral supplement for overall health.

  6. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I take for hot flushes?
    I have reluctantly given in to the menopause and have started to get hot flushes (though I tell other women I don't get them). Can any of you ladies recommed a tried a tested natural remedy or do I have to go to my GP.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sue, regular physical exercise is necessary to protect against bone loss. Exercise has many other benefits as well.

      A diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol and high in complex carbohydrates, such as grains, fruits and vegetables is important.2

      Vitamin E supplementation may reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and breathing difficulties.,,

      Calcium is important in maintaining bone mass.

      Magnesium intake is often low in women with osteoporosis. Low magnesium intake is associated with low bone mineral content (BMC).

      Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption.

      Boron reduces urinary calcium loss and increases serum levels of 17 estradiol (estrogen).

      Essential fatty acids can help prevent dryness of the hair, skin and vaginal tissues.

      Soy supplementation has been suggested as a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Soy isoflavones act as estrogen-like compounds. Forty-five grams of dietary soy, per day for 12 weeks was shown to decrease post-menopausal hot flashes.

      Certain herbs such as black cohosh, chasteberry, licorice and dong quai have shown to have a beneficial effect in managing many of the menopause symptoms.
      Jason Homan

  7. QUESTION:
    How do we know when we have our menopause?
    I'm 43 and I would like to know what will tell me that I am entering the "wonderful world" of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is a stressful time for woman. It usually occurs when women reach the age of around 50. So it is easily understandable that women face this only one in life and forever.
      As it is not a common phenomenon, most of women cannot understand whether their menopausal period has started or not, though they can diagnose themselves easily. But there remains some confusion. It is always best to go to doctor and check for this problem. It is the best way to understand whether menopause has started or not.
      As mentioned earlier that menopause occurs when women turn the age of around 50, but some may experience it between the age of 46 and 55. It is a natural phenomenon. So women should be positive. Certainly this is a fearful or uncomfortable matter for women. Here is a matter for thinking. They should realize that though it is a great grief, they need to think of it as natural event. They should educate their mind. Menopause happens to all women around the age of 50, so every woman at this age face this trouble. So challenges should be taken and learned from others who have passed that time. Discussion is very necessary here. Thus they can feel and take it easier and can continue their daily life.
      Discovering menopausal symptoms in the body does not mean menopause has started. Actually when any woman’s period is missing for about a year, then she experience menopausal period.

      To prevent this mentally, education is so very important. Education brings light. So women should know and learn much about menopause. Thus light will clear all of the grief. It is notable that superstition is not education and believing superstition is harmful. Education can also help them to prepare mentally. This brings a change to the life. With menopause, some menopausal symptom may come as painful and disgusting. But changing the mind to feel happy is great. However menopausal symptoms can be cured. So they need not worry about that. They should take all hormonal changes as easy and natural.

      Women should take care of their health. Too much worrying reduces defense system of the body as a result diseases can easily attack. Thus they become sick. To make this period easy, they can look for some helpful things such as a natural progesterone cream made from natural element can improve their symptom. But they must remain conscious of the usages rule. It is better to check whether that product is appropriate for them or not.

      Some herbs are very useful. The herb red clover brings many benefits. It contains vitamin B and Gamma oryzenol.

      Let’s not think about it too much. If any problems occur, nutritionists and doctors can help them a lot. But they should look for a qualified person.

      Eventually it is clear that there is no factor for women passing menopausal periods to fear. There is lot of women, who have passed that time and with a lot of natural elements near at hands. Now is the time for understanding these.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to ween yourself off cymbalta?
    I started taking cymbalta a couple weeks ago and I feel it is helping me but I dont want to be on any drug for a long time.I was wondering how long I should be on cymbalta ?Would switching to something more natural like st johns wort be as effective?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's possible & NOT a good idea.

      You're on Cymbalta for depression. I know it's a drug. It's helping your depression in more ways than you realize. St. John's Wort is an herb that's extremely dangerous to take. You need 300mg of it, compared to only 30, 60 or 90 of Cymbalta. It can interfere with other meds too.

      Here's more from webmd.com:

      St. John’s Wort
      For centuries, the flowering plant St. John's wort was used as a health remedy in Europe. Today, St. John's wort is best-known as a treatment for depression.

      St. John's Wort Uses
      Some studies have found St. John's wort helpful for depression. In fact, a few showed that St. John's wort was as effective as some prescription antidepressants. But the evidence is conflicting. Two recent major studies showed that St. John's wort worked no better than a placebo for moderate depression. St. John's wort might prove more effective for milder forms of depression. For now, however, the evidence is uncertain.

      St. John's wort has also been studied in the treatment of other mood disorders, such as severe depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and seasonal affective disorder (SAD.) It's also been used for insomnia, PMS, menopausal symptoms, and eczema. However, studies on St. John's wort for these uses have not shown solid evidence of benefit.

      St. John's Wort Dose and Instructions for Use
      For depression, the standard dose for adults is 300 milligrams of St. John's wort (of 0.3% hypericin extract) taken three times a day. After the initial treatment, some people choose to go onto a lower maintenance dose of 300 milligrams to 600 milligrams of St. John's wort per day.

      St. John's Wort Food Sources
      There are no natural food sources of St. John's wort.

      St. John's Wort Supplement Information
      St. John's wort may be sold as capsules, tablets, teas, and liquid extracts. In general, most St. John's wort is standardized to 0.3% hypericin extract. Switching between products with higher and lower percentages of an extract may not be a good idea. Like any supplement, keep St. John's wort supplements in a cool, dry place, away from humidity and direct sunlight.

      St. John's Wort Warnings
      Side effects. At recommended doses, St. John's wort generally does not cause side effects. Uncommon side effects of St. John's wort include anxiety, dry mouth, sensitivity to sunlight, dizziness, stomach upset, headache, sexual problems, and fatigue.
      Risks. Depression is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease. Never try to treat it on your own without the help of an expert. Given the lack of evidence about its safety, St. John's wort is not recommended for children or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
      Interactions. You should not take St. John's wort if you're using antidepressants, birth control pills, blood thinners, medicines for HIV, cancer drugs, cyclosporine, or digoxin. St. John's wort may interfere with how these drugs work.

      Here's another source on the same site:

      St. John's Wort - Topic Overview
      What is St. John's wort?
      St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant with yellow flowers that people in European countries have used for centuries to treat mild to moderate depression. In the United States, it is sold as a dietary supplement and can be found at health food stores and pharmacies.

      What is St. John's wort used for?
      St. John's wort is used in the short-term treatment of mild to moderate depression. One study found that St. John's wort may also be effective in treating moderate to severe major depression.1

      It may take up to 2 to 3 weeks for St. John's wort to improve depressive symptoms. Not all preparations of St. John's wort are the same. A standardized form means the amount of St. John's wort is the same in every capsule.

      Is St. John's wort safe?
      St. John's wort causes fewer side effects (such as digestive discomfort or headaches) than antidepressant medicines, although it may cause a rash with sun exposure.

      St. John's wort may interact with medicines used to treat some other illnesses, such as AIDS. It is important to let your doctor or pharmacist know if you want to try St. John's wort so that he or she can determine whether it might interfere with other medicines you are taking.

      Do not take St. John's wort while you are taking other antidepressants. You may overmedicate yourself, resulting in serious negative side effects. Always talk with your doctor before you take any herbal remedies to treat depression or other conditions.
      Do not take St. John's wort while you are taking protease inhibitors (PIs) or nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) for the treatment of HIV infection.
      Do not take St. John's wort while you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate dietary supplements in the same way it regulates medication. A dietary supplement can be sold with limited or no resear

  9. 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

  10. QUESTION:
    How do i know i have low progesterone? really worried, please help, !?
    What are the signs that i have low progesterone?
    Besides doing blood test?
    I am reluctant to do to the doctor because i am afraid of hearing a bad diagnosis.
    I'm only 16 this year.

    Please, especially if you are somebody like me who had experience with this problem before, answer this question.
    i
    'm really worried about my period because it has been irregular for a few months and i'm currently on chinese herbs therapy.

    Thank You !

    • ANSWER:
      Only a blood test can definitively show if you are low or not.
      Symptoms of Low Progesterone and Effects

      A woman with low levels of progesterone may experience some of, although not limited to, the following symptoms: irregularities in menstrual cycle, infertility, depression, anxiety, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and reduced libido.

      Research has determined that low progesterone levels play a role in infertility in women as well as miscarriages, sometimes recurrent miscarriages. Progesterone creates an enabling environment for the fetus. During pregnancy, after the first trimester, the placenta continues to produce progesterone which facilitates the development of tissues in the uterus that will nurture the fetus. When progesterone levels are agreeable, this delays the shedding of the uterus lining that would otherwise result in menstruation. Should the levels of progesterone be low during the first weeks of pregnancy, it is likely to cause a miscarriage.

      Correcting Low Progesterone Levels

      Menopausal hormone therapy may make use of either estrogen therapy on its own or sometimes combine with progesterone to offer an effective strategy as a relief for menopausal discomforts. Progesterone and estrogen are also often used in combination as a hormonal imbalance treatment strategy in women who have reproductive disorders associated with hormonal imbalance

  11. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have menopausal symptoms even if my last period was 12 years ago? I'm currently 53?
    I'm getting "night sweats" and what I assume are hot flashes recently.

    • ANSWER:
      I have 5 sisters, all in various stages of menopause, a partner Sassy who recently came off hormone replacement therapy, and I've wrestled a bit with night sweats - so we've tried a few remedies. Just to clarify - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines. People? Not so much.
      All it takes is hormonal imbalance - at any age. For example, your thyroid may be responsible for rocking your world. It's another possible cause of menopause symptoms.
      Note that herbs come in two flavors when it comes to treating the symptoms of menopause, phytoestrogenic and non-estrogenic. This answer is already getting a bit long, so rather than copying and pasting the entire bit, I'll just refer you to the web site below. There's also information there about small fans (regular and misting), wicking pajamas & bedsheets for night sweats, etc.
      For what it's worth, Sassy did find a silver bullet for her hot flashes - venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor). 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 (it caused a dry mouth as a side effect for Sassy) - or it may not work at all. Hope you find relief!

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to drink Don Quai tea throughout my?
    cycle? My lmp was 12-27 and judging by my chart I should be ovulating in the next few days or so.

    • ANSWER:
      Dong Quai Tea Benefits have been known since ancient times as being potent as a female reproductive tonic. Its name dong quai means "state of return" and is known to refer to the hormonal and emotional balance that women return to after taking the herb.

      Dong Quai is a perennial aromatic herb that grows in China and Japan. Dong quai has a round, hollow stem that grows as high as 7 feet. It has large leaves that look like those of carrot or celery. The leaves emerge from dilated sheaths surrounding a bluish-colored stem that is branched at the top. Dong quai flowers are honey-scented, with a greenish hue that bloom between May and August.

      Also known as angelica sinensis, dong quai's active constituents are sequiterpenes, dihyrophthalic anhydride, ligustilide and beta-sitosterol, among others. Dong quai is rich in vitamins A, C and E, cobalt, iron, vitamin B complex, magnesium, and potassium.

      Dong quai has analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-coagulant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

      Pregnant and lactating women, and people who are on blood thinning medicine are advised not to use dong quai.

      Tea infusion, capsules, and extracts are often used to derive the health benefits of dong quai. To make dong quai tea, place about 1 to 2 grams of the dried dong quai root or powder into a cup of water that's simmered for 2 to 5 minutes. Then remove the mix from the heat and let stand for a further 5 to 10 minutes. One to three cups of dong quai tea may be taken per day.

      The following are the health benefits attributed to dong quai tea:

      Dong Quai Tea may help reduce pre-menstrual syndrome, as well as menstrual pains.

      Dong Quai Tea may help alleviate difficulties associated with menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, insomnia and mood changes.

      Dong Quai Tea may be a helpful complement in the treatment of ovarian cancer.

      Dong Quai Tea may help in the treatment of fatigue, anemia and high blood pressure in both sexes.

      Dong Quai Tea may help relieve pain caused by poor circulation, neuralgia and arthritis in both sexes.

      Dong Quai Tea stimulates the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body.

      Dong Quai Tea may help relieve emotional distress and irritability

  13. QUESTION:
    Im 41 years old and my period is 3 months late?
    Hey well im 40 years old and my period is 3 months late. I have never been on the pill. I already took 4 pregnancy tests and they were all negative. I think that im entering menopause. Im scared that when my period comes that it will come at a moment that im not expecting it like at work. What can I do so my period can come right now?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopausal Symptoms And Things To Do

      Menopause is a stressful time for woman. It usually occurs when women reach the age of around 50. So it is easily understandable that women face this only one in life and forever.

      As it is not a common phenomenon, most of women cannot understand whether their menopausal period has started or not, though they can diagnose themselves easily. But there remains some confusion. It is always best to go to doctor and check for this problem. It is the best way to understand whether menopause has started or not.

      As mentioned earlier that menopause occurs when women turn the age of around 50, but some may experience it between the age of 46 and 55. It is a natural phenomenon. So women should be positive. Certainly this is a fearful or uncomfortable matter for women. Here is a matter for thinking. They should realize that though it is a great grief, they need to think of it as natural event. They should educate their mind. Menopause happens to all women around the age of 50, so every woman at this age face this trouble. So challenges should be taken and learned from others who have passed that time. Discussion is very necessary here. Thus they can feel and take it easier and can continue their daily life.

      Discovering menopausal symptoms in the body does not mean menopause has started. Actually when any woman’s period is missing for about a year, then she experience menopausal period.

      To prevent this mentally, education is so very important. Education brings light. So women should know and learn much about menopause. Thus light will clear all of the grief. It is notable that superstition is not education and believing superstition is harmful. Education can also help them to prepare mentally. This brings a change to the life. With menopause, some menopausal symptom may come as painful and disgusting. But changing the mind to feel happy is great. However menopausal symptoms can be cured. So they need not worry about that. They should take all hormonal changes as easy and natural.

      Women should take care of their health. Too much worrying reduces defense system of the body as a result diseases can easily attack. Thus they become sick. To make this period easy, they can look for some helpful things such as a natural progesterone cream made from natural element can improve their symptom. But they must remain conscious of the usages rule. It is better to check whether that product is appropriate for them or not.

      Some herbs are very useful. The herb red clover brings many benefits. It contains vitamin B and Gamma oryzenol.

      Let’s not think about it too much. If any problems occur, nutritionists and doctors can help them a lot. But they should look for a qualified person.

      Eventually it is clear that there is no factor for women passing menopausal periods to fear. There is lot of women, who have passed that time and with a lot of natural elements near at hands. Now is the time for understanding these.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to take estroven while taking blood pressure medication. Any risks?
    I have hot flashes and want to take something that is natural. But I am concerned because I don't want to take anything that has side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      estroven is safe to take with blood pressure meds. some women have luck alleviating hot flashes with a calcium/magnesium supplement. (there are Cal/mag supplements that contain soy isoflavones which also alleviate menopausal symptoms.)

      estroven gets expensive because it is a "proprietary" formula. the correct combination of herbs (including black cohosh, evening primrose oil, soy products, dong quai, others) may even work better. try some different combinations and find the one that gives you the best results.

      the advantage to herbal remedies for menopause is that they are supportive of hormonal function but are not hormones. check out a health food or herb/vitamin store and start reading labels on bottles. you will learn and find something that will work for you.

  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:
    Has anyone ever tried Black Cohosh for menopause?
    Sleepless nights, fatique, thinning hair, mood swings= Menopause for me. Any advice will be appreciated I thinking about using Black Cohosh, but I need to know if some had used it and what is their opinion. Other options will also be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      If you are concerned about taking HRT then this article may be of some help to you.
      Use a step ladder approach to your health. Diet: First eat a health diet, limit coffee and alcohol as it can increase hot flashes. Exercise 1/2 hour a day with a walk at min. This helps your well being and increases certain hormones levels. Use vitamins and herbs such as estrogenic like from plants, doug quai, black cohosh, licorice, red clover or wild yam extracts. Any one of them can help, but do not use all at once or combine them. It is a waste of resouces. You can try one and see if it helps and switch to another one if it doesn't. You can add chaste tree berry or vitex, which is the only documented herb that shows in your blood life to increase progesterone. You can blend vitamins and herb's together, but be sure not to use more than one phyto-estrogen. When symptoms change or this is not effective enough, begin using a natural progesterone cream (aka wise women essentials a bio indentical cream) which will help the whole body and systems. If you are like me then you will be thinking 'I don't have the time, ability, resources to round up all these wonderfull natural ingredients. Well you could find the answer in Menozac.

      Menozac is Help from Mother Nature Menozac  is a botanical formulation containing a blend of natural herbal extracts. These are plants from Mother Nature that specifically ease your transition. They provide effective menopause relief, from the onset, and through the duration of typical menopause.
      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.
      Your grandmothers and great grandmothers learned how to make this life transition smoothly, by studying the plants. Their long history is being shared with you in the Menozac formula.
      For more information about Menozac then Click Here

  17. 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/

  18. QUESTION:
    How can evening primrose oil help in conceiving?

    • ANSWER:
      How does Evening Primrose Oil help you in getting pregnant?

      Evening Primrose Oil or EPO lowers cholesterol, helps to alleviate premenstrual syndrome symptoms and aids in the production of fertile quality cervical fluid. Evening Primrose Oil or EPO does a world of good in treating aliments of all sorts. Evening Primrose Oil or EPO is an essential fatty acid that contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA). This gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is converted to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 which has anti-inflammatory properties and may also act as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator. These anti-inflammatory properties of evening primrose oil help people suffering from pains, aches and cramps.

      Evening Primrose Oil or EPO also has effects on premenstrual syndrome symptoms and cervical mucus. If you suffer from premenstrual syndrome, it could be because you are deficient in the fatty acid, gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can help your body to alleviate the premenstrual syndrome symptoms by replacing the gamma linolenic acid (GLA).

      Evening Primrose Oil or EPO helps women to produce more fertile quality cervical fluid also known as “egg white cervical mucus”. This type of cervical fluid is fertile, thin, watery, clear and “stretchy” and easily aids the sperm to swim through the uterus and into the fallopian tube, and to the egg. Also, this type of fluid helps the sperm to stay alive for up to five days inside the fallopian tube, thus enabling conception to happen even if you don’t have intercourse again by the time ovulation occurs.

      If your cervical fluid is thick, brown or dry, it can obstruct or prevent fertilization. Some women are very dry, and have problems in producing an adequate amount of fertile quality cervical fluid. Drinking a lot of water and taking the Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can certainly help in the production of fertile cervical fluid in these women.

      What is the dosage for Evening Primrose Oil or EPO?

      Evening Primrose Oil or EPO should only be taken from menstruation to ovulation. This is because Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can cause uterine contractions in pregnancy. The dosage taken should be 1500mg to 3000mg per day. Since essential fatty acids are necessary, you can take flax seed oil in place of Evening Primrose Oil or EPO after ovulation. This may be taken throughout pregnancy as well.

      There are many remedies out there to help with fertility, but few are as good as Evening Primrose Oil or EPO. Evening Primrose Oil or EPO is excellent for women because of the help it gives in alleviating premenstrual syndrome symptoms, and even menopausal women can benefit from taking it. There are a large number of women who will vouch for Evening Primrose Oil or EPO as a great agent to increase the fertile type cervical fluid.

      Like all herbs, the use of Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can take a month or two to build up, and produce the results you are looking for. It is essential that you chart your fertility symptoms and signs, so you can know when you have ovulated. By knowing this information, you can discontinue the Evening Primrose Oil or EPO after ovulation and start the flax seed oil. Unless you are very regular, charting your fertility signs is the best tool to determine where you are in your cycle.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do those pills/creams for breast enlargement really work? Which one is best?
    I would never have surgery, but wouldn't mind having slightly larger breasts with a bit more firmness. Has anybody tried anything non-surgical that really worked? DO TELL!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If you are tempted to try natural breast enhancement pills, you could be jeopardizing your health, not to mention your pocketbook.

      Natural breast enhancement pills are advertised all over the Internet, on television, and in women's magazines. The ads prey on women's insecurities about their breasts, especially after childbirth, weight loss, and removal of breast implants.

      Women in search of an alternative to breast enlargement surgery are trying these herbal pills, without realizing that there is little-to-no evidence and that there are potential side effects (most pill websites deny there are side effects or potential risks).

      Could they work? Natural breast enhancement pills could theoretically increase breast size because some of them contain herbs that have known estrogen-like effects on the body.

      Birth control pills are thought to temporarily increase breast size in the same way--estrogen causes fluid retention in the breasts and may have an effect on breast tissue.

      But if they do work, they may be harmful.

      Estrogen must be combined with progesterone to counter its uterine cancer-causing effect, which is why birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy contain both estrogen and progesterone.

      Natural breast enhancement pills don't necessarily have this protective effect. They can also cause infertility, menstrual problems, or decreased effectiveness of birth control pills.

      So, buyer beware. In the meantime, here is some information about the most common ingredients in natural breast enhancement pills.

      Blessed Thistle
      The herb blessed thistle is used for digestive problems. It was used historically by women to increase the flow of milk after having a baby.

      There have been no published clinical trials on blessed thistle for natural breast enhancement, so we don't know whether it works and whether it's safe.

      Blessed thistle stimulates the production of stomach acid, so it can cause mild irritation of the digestive tract lining. It should not be used by people with gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.

      Blessed thistle should not be used by pregnant women, as it can increase the risk of birth defects and spontaneous abortion.

      People who are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, or daisies may be allergic to blessed thistle, because they belong to the same plant family.

      Dong Quai
      Dong quai is a Chinese herb used primarily to relieve menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, reduce menstrual cramps, and regulate menstrual cycles.

      The only published study on dong quai and breast enlargement was a case report of a man who took a combination herbal pill and had temporary breast enlargement. The pill was thought to have been contaminated. There are no other published clinical trials on dong quai for breast enhancement.

      One potential risk is that dong quai has been found to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells (estrogen receptor-positive and negative) in test tube studies.

      Dong quai can increase the sensitivity of skin to the sun's rays. Sunscreen should always be used before any exposure to the sun. Dong quai should not be used by pregnant women.

      Dong quai contains chemicals called coumarins, which slow blood clotting, particularly in patients taking the antiplatelet or antocoagulant drugs such as warfarin.

      Fennel Seed
      There are no published studies examining the use of fennel seed for breast enhancement in humans. In the 1930s, there was some interest in fennel in the development of synthetic estrogens, due to compounds called dianethole and photoanethole.

      One study found that after consuming fennel seed for 10 days, the weight of breast tissue in female rats increased. Higher doses increased the weight of the uterus, evidence of fennel's unopposed estrogenic effect.

      Fenugreek
      Although there is an unsubstantiated claim that women in harems were fed fenugreek seeds to increase their breast size, no studies confirm fenugreek can result in breast enlargement.

      Fenugreek contains a compound called diosgenin. In laboratories, it can be converted to estrogen and progesterone but that same conversion doesn't occur naturally in the body.

      People who are allergic to peanuts or soybeans may also be allergic to fenugreek. Side effects from oral fenugreek supplements include diarrhea and gas. Fenugreek may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It should not be combined with hypoglycemic drugs used to treat diabetes.

      Hops
      Used in the brewing of beer, hops contain a potent phytoestrogen called 8-prenylnaringenin which has 0.2-20% the potency of estradiol, the main human estrogen.

      Hops are sedating and are used for anxiety and insomnia. They can cause excess drowsiness, so people who are driving or who otherwise need to stay alert should use it with caution. Hops should not be used by people with depression.

      Hops can affect the metabolism of prescription drugs in the liver, such as drugs for allergies, fungal infections, cancer, high cholesterol or oral contraceptives.

      Bottom line? Although it may seem like there is no harm in trying natural breast enhancement pills for one or two months to see if they'll work, we know far to little about how they work. They are potentially unsafe and should be avoided.

  20. QUESTION:
    Using Black Cohosh and the menopause?
    has anyone used this for menopausal symptoms and if so, did it help? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't used it, but it is a natural supplier of estrogen and can help with hot flashes, night sweats, headaches and heart palpitations. So it kind of depends on what symptoms you are having and which hormone is off. You have to take into account your progesterone level as well.

      You may also want to look up these herbs as well:
      Damiana and Don Quai

      If you know a herbalist talk to them. Or get tested by a person trained in Kinesiology to know which one would work best for you and how much to take.

  21. QUESTION:
    Where can I find this cohosh herb which causes miscarriage?

    • ANSWER:
      Black cohosh can be found in natural or health food stores, and in many supermarkets and drugstores. WalMart, Walgreen's, and Food Lion carry it, and it can be ordered online. Here are some online sources:

      http://www.pipingrock.com/black-cohosh?mkwid=s1gw4BqE6&pcrid=14878666842&pmt=e&pkw=black%20cohosh%20supplement&gclid=CKvC3-LXjrQCFQ-f4AodJgoATQ

      http://www.doctorvitaminstore.com/0392_BlackCohoshExt.html

      Black cohosh is most often used to control the symptoms of menopause, such as:
      Headaches
      Hot flashes
      Mood changes
      Sleep problems
      Heart palpitations
      Night sweats
      Vaginal dryness

      Some studies have found evidence that black cohosh does help with these symptoms. However, many experts consider the evidence unclear and say that we need more research.

      Other uses of black cohosh have less scientific support. Women sometimes take it to regulate periods, ease PMS symptoms, and induce labor. Black cohosh has also been used to relieve arthritis pain and help lower blood pressure. There are some preliminary lab studies showing that black cohosh may be useful in preventing or treating prostate cancer. Definitive research has not verified black cohosh's effectiveness for these uses.
      How much black cohosh should you take?

      For menopausal symptoms, the dose of black cohosh used in studies has been 20-40 milligram tablets of a standardized extract taken twice a day. More than 900 milligrams a day of black cohosh is considered an overdose. Directions for taking black cohosh in other forms will vary. Some experts say that no one should take black cohosh for more than six months at a time.
      Can you get black cohosh naturally from foods?

      There are no food sources for black cohosh.
      What are the risks of taking black cohosh?

      Side effects from black cohosh include headaches and upset stomach. Side effects usually occur at high doses. There have been some people who may have developed liver problems after using black cohosh, the specifics of which are still being investigated. Nonetheless, people with pre-existing liver problems, or those taking any other medication/substance that affects the liver, should either avoid black cohosh or check in with their health care provider prior to use.
      Risks. Black cohosh may not be safe for:
      Women who are pregnant (although it is sometimes used to induce labor)
      Women who have -- or have had -- breast cancer or uterine cancer
      Women who have endometriosis
      Children under 18
      People with liver disease, a high risk of stroke or blood clots, or seizure disorders
      People with allergies to aspirin

  22. QUESTION:
    Really..how bad is soda for you?
    I drink a lot of Pepsi. I mean alot. Other than that, I eat very healthy. My mom and sister have been telling me for years to give up the soda because it is bad for me but I am pretty much addicted and nothing tastes better than an ice cold Pepsi. How bad is it for you?

    • ANSWER:
      The health effects of drinking soda
      - quotes from the experts
      This is a compilation of quotes about the destructive health effects of soft drinks from some of the leading authors on health, nutrition and junk food.
      Michael Murray ND and Joseph Pizzorno ND
      Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised Second Edition

      "The allergenicity of penicillin in the general population is thought to be at least ten percent. Nearly 25 percent of these individuals will display hives, angioedema, or anaphylaxis upon ingestion of penicillin…. Hives and anaphylactic symptoms have been traced to penicillin in milk, soft drinks, and frozen dinners."

      "Many general dietary factors have been suggested as a cause of osteoporosis, including: low calcium-high phosphorus intake, high-protein diet, high-acid-ash diet, high salt intake, and trace mineral deficiencies. It appears that increased soft drink consumption is a major factor that contributes to osteoporosis. A deficiency of vitamin K leads to impaired mineralization of bone. Boron deficiency may contribute greatly to osteoporosis as well as to menopausal symptoms."

      "Soft drinks have long been suspected of leading to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate content of soft drinks is very high, and they contain virtually no calcium."

      "The United States ranks first among countries in soft drink consumption. The per-capita consumption of soft drinks is in excess of 150 quarts per year, or about three quarts per week."

      "Soft drink consumption in children poses a significant risk factor for impaired calcification of growing bones."

      "Of the fifty-seven children who had low blood calcium levels, thirty-eight (66.7 percent) drank more than four bottles (12 to 16 ounces per bottle) of soft drinks per week, but only forty-eight (28 percent) of the 171 children with normal serum calcium levels consumed as much soft drink … These results more than support the contention that soft drink consumption leads to lower calcium levels in children. This situation that ultimately leads to poor bone mineralization, which explains the greater risk of broken bones in children who consume soft drinks."

      James A Howenstine M.D.
      A Physician's Guide to Natural Health Products That Work

      "In an interesting experiment the sugar from one soft drink was able to damage the white blood cells' ability to ingest and kill gonococcal bacteria for seven hours."

      "Soft drinks also contain large quantities of phosphorus, which when excreted pulls calcium out of the bones. Heavy users of soft drinks will have osteoporosis along with their damaged arteries."

      James Duke PhD
      The Green Pharmacy : The Ultimate Compendium Of Natural Remedies From The World's Foremost Authority On Healing Herbs

      "And watch out for cola soft drinks, which are very high in bone-dissolving phosphorus."

      Marion Nestle
      Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (California Studies in Food and Culture).

      "Soft drinks are the single greatest source of caffeine in children's diets; a 12-ounce can of cola contains about 45 milligrams but the amounts in more potent soft drinks can exceed 100 milligrams — a level approaching that found in coffee."

      "Soft drinks have replaced milk in the diets of many American children as well as adults. School purchases reflect such trends. From 1985 to 1997, school districts decreased the amounts of milk they bought by nearly 30? and increased their purchases of carbonated sodas."

      "The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times."

      "Adolescents who consume soft drinks display a risk of bone fractures three to four-fold higher than those who do not."

      "Sugar and acid in soft drinks so easily dissolve tooth enamel."

      "Americans drink 13.15 billion gallons of carbonated drinks every year."

      William Duffy
      The doctor speaking in these dialogs is, Dr. McCay, the nutritionist at the Naval Medical Research Institute.

      "I was amazed to learn," he testified, "that the beverage contained substantial amounts of phosphoric acid. . . . At the Naval Medical Research Institute, we put human teeth in a cola beverage and found they softened and started to dissolve within a short period… The acidity of cola beverages ... is about the same as vinegar. The sugar content masks the acidity, and children little realize they are drinking this strange mixture of phosphoric acid, sugar, caffeine, coloring, and flavoring matter. "

      Carol Simontacchi
      The Crazy Makers: How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Brains and Harming Our Children

      "One liter of an aspartame-sweetened beverage can produce about fifty-six milligrams of methanol. When several of these beverages are consumed in a short period of time (one day, perhaps), as much as two hundred fifty milligrams of methanol are dumped into the bloodstream, or thirty-two times the EPA limit."

      "What may happen, in the face of day-to-day, continuously high levels of sodium in the diet and the bloodstream, is that we experience a type of acute hypernatremia — not enough to kill us or cause the myelin sheath to lose its integrity, but enough to keep our sodium potassium pump slightly dysregulated and throw off the electrical system of the brain…. Americans drink soft drinks that are often loaded with more sodium and which further unbalance the mineral stores."

      Greg Critser
      Fat Land : How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World

      "A joint study by Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital researchers in February 2001 concluded that such excess liquid calories inhibited the ability of older children to compensate at mealtime, leading to caloric imbalance and, in time, obesity. "

      "One extra soft drink a day gave a child a 60 percent greater chance of becoming obese. One could even link specific amounts of soda to specific amounts of weight gain. Each daily drink added .18 points to a child's body mass index (BMI). This, the researchers noted, was regardless of what else they ate or how much they exercised. "Consumption of sugar [high fructose corn syrup]-sweetened drinks," they concluded, "is associated with obesity in children."

      Samuel S. Epstein MD
      The Safe Shopper's Bible : A Consumer's Guide to Nontoxic Household Products

      "Saccharin is a 100-year-old non-nutritive, non-caloric sweetening agent. Its use has exploded over the last twenty years as a staple of the diet food and drink craze. Its major current consumption is in diet pop by teenagers, and not by diabetics and the obese. The public now firmly believes that foods containing saccharin are effective in weight control, and has been persuaded by the soft drink industry (through the Calorie Control Council) that these benefits outweigh any possible health risks."

      "More than a dozen animal tests over the last thirty years have demonstrated the carcinogenic effects of saccharin in the bladder and other sites, particularly female reproductive organs, and in some instances at doses as low as the equivalent of one to two bottles of diet pop daily."

      "The public board of inquiry concluded that experimental data "…do not rule out an oncogenic effect of aspartame, and that, to the contrary, they appear to suggest the possibility that aspartame, at least when administered in the 'huge' quantities employed in the studies, may contribute to the development of brain tumors. Until these controversial findings on brain cancer in experimental animals have been resolved, use this product sparingly, if at all."

      "PET bottling and packaging: Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is used extensively in soft drink containers. PET bottles can release small amounts of dimethyl terephthalate into foods and beverages. Although the National Cancer Institute claims that dimethyl terephthalate is noncarcinogenic, these results have been questioned. Some experts believe this compound to be carcinogenic."

      Neal Barnard MD
      Foods That Cause You to Lose Weight: : The Negative Calorie Effect

      "Another advantage of avoiding sodas is that you will avoid the caffeine that is in many of them. Caffeine is a weak diuretic that causes calcium loss via the kidneys."

      Dr. Earl Mindell
      Earl Mindell's New Vitamin Bible

      "Recent research has linked soft drinks with childhood obesity — and an estimated 200 school districts nationwide have contracts with soft drink companies that give them exclusive rights to sell their products in schools."

      "Saccharin is a noncaloric petroleum derivative estimated to be three hundred to five hundred times sweeter than sugar… It's used in diet soft drinks… Studies done in the 1970s linked saccharin ingestion to bladder cancer in laboratory animals."

      "Children who drink large quantities of diet sodas containing aspartame are particularly vulnerable to its dangerous side effects."

      "Aspartame contains methyl or wood alcohol, which can affect fetal brain development."

      "Twenty-one percent of the sugar in the American diet comes from soft drinks. That's more than just an unhealthy consumption of empty calories. It is a dangerous overload of caffeine and potentially hazardous, nutrient-depleting additives."

      "Soft drinks contain large amounts of phosphorus, which can throw off the body's calcium/phosphorus ratio (twice as much calcium as phosphorus), decreasing calcium as well as reducing your body's ability to use it."

      "For anyone over age 40, soft drinks can be especially hazardous because the kidneys are less able to excrete excess phosphorus, causing depletion of vital calcium."

      "Heavy soft drink consumption can interfere with your body's metabolization of iron and diminish nerve impulse transmission."

      "Cola drinks can interact adversely with antacids, possibly causing constipation, calcium loss, hypertension, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and kidney damage."

      "Soft drinks can decrease the antibacterial action of penicillin and ampicillin."

      "Diet sodas that are low in calories are high in sodium. Too much salt in the diet may cause more calcium to be excreted in the urine and increase the risk of osteoporosis."

      "Excessive consumption of soft drinks, which are high in phosphorus, can also deplete you of calcium and increase your chances of osteoporosis."

      Jean Carper
      Food: Your Miracle Medicine : How Food Can Prevent and Cure over 100 Symptoms and Problems

      "Tests at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine by Roland R. Griffiths, MD, show caffeine withdrawal can strike people who drink a single cup of strongly brewed coffee or drink caffeinated soft drinks everyday. Further, Dr. Griffiths discovered that caffeine-withdrawal symptoms include not only headache, but also fatigue, mild depression, muscle pain and stiffness, flu-like feelings, nausea and vomiting."

      "Those consuming at least one cup of a caffeine-containing beverage per day, such as coffee, tea or soft drinks, were more prone to PMS. And the more caffeine they consumed, the more severe their PMS symptoms."

      Elson M Haas MD
      The Detox Diet: A How-To and When-To Guide for Cleansing the Body

      "Phosphorus is found in most foods but soda pops, diet pops… contain especially high amounts. The ideal dietary phosphorus-calcium ratio is about 1:1. The ratio in the average American diet is often greater than 2:1 and sometimes even 4:1 or 5:1. At those levels, excess calcium is removed from bone and eliminated, blood levels are reduced, and there is bone demineralization. A diet high in phosphorus and low in calcium has been shown to cause bone loss and increase tissue calcification."

      "Tooth loss, periodontal disease, and gingivitis can be problems, especially with a high phosphorus intake, particularly from soft drinks. All kinds of bone problems can occur with prolonged calcium deficiency, which causes a decrease in bone mass. Rickets in children, osteomalacia (decreased bone calcium) in adults, and osteoporosis (porous and fragile bones) can occur when calcium is withdrawn from bones faster than it is deposited. Fractures are more common with osteoporosis—almost eight million yearly in the United States are related to this prevalent nutritional deficiency disease."

      "High dietary phosphorus, as is found in a diet with meats, soft drinks, and other convenience foods, can readily affect calcium metabolism. Potential calcium deficiency symptoms may be more likely when the phosphorus intake is very high. A low calcium-to-phosphorus ratio in the diet increases the incidence of hypertension and the risk of colon-rectal cancer."

      Barnet Meltzer MD
      Food Swings: Make the Life-Changing Connection Between the Foods You Eat and Your Emotional Health and Well-Being

      "But soft drinks are far from soft. High in phosphorous and phosphoric acid, they infiltrate bodily fluids and corrode stomach linings, upset the alkaline-acid balance of the kidneys, and eat away at your liver like Hannibal Lecter. Soft drinks also contain hidden caffeine, refined sugar, and artificial chemicals."

      Ralph T Golan ND
      Optimal Wellness

      "Avoid processed foods and cola soft drinks; their phosphates can also cause calcium loss and excretion."

      Dr. Gary Null
      "Natural Living" radio show.

      "A study on the relationship between caffeine and fertility found that… just one caffeinated soft drink per day was associated with a reduced monthly chance of conception of 50 percent."

      "It should be noted here that soft drinks are the number one source of phosphorus in the American diet today… According to Dr. Steenblock, excess phosphorus is one of the major contributing factors to the development of osteoarthritis."

      James A May
      United American Industries Inc.

      "Absorption in primates is hastened considerably if the methanol is ingested as free methanol as it occurs in soft drinks after the decomposition of aspartame during storage or in other foods after being heated. Regardless of whether the aspartame-derived methanol exists in food in its free form or still esterified to phenylalanine, 10 percent of the weight of aspartame intake of an individual will be absorbed by the bloodstream as methanol within hours after consumption."

      Marcia Zimmerman CN
      The A.D.D. Nutrition Solution : A Drug-Free 30 Day Plan

      "Sodium benzoate Sodium benzoate is used as a preservative (microbial control) in foods, including soft drinks, fruit juices, margarine, confections, pickles, and jams. Sodium preservatives add sodium to the diet and reduce the availability of potassium. Some reported reactions to sodium benzoate include recurring urticaria (rash), asthma, and eczema."

  23. QUESTION:
    Herbs that help with hormonal imbalances?
    Hello everyone!

    I have a hormonal imbalance and was wondering if anyone could recommend me any herbs that would help balance them out?

    I'm 20 years old, so it's not a hormonal imbalance for menopause. I'm not sure exactly what it's from, but I just need some help balancing them out. My hormones are whacked.

    Thanks in advance! :)

    • ANSWER:
      The following may be helpful tips:

      1. change your diet and, in particular, avoid chemicals as these can interrupt the way your hormones work. Reduce the dairy products and meats that you eat. These foods can be very bad for your hormones because the animal fats store chemicals and once these chemicals get into your body they can wreak havoc with the way your hormones work.

      2.Get enough of the omega-3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids. These will help you maintain good hormonal balance. The omega-3 fatty acids can be found in flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds but you should make sure that you are getting 200 mg of omega-3 DHA and 300 mg of omega-3 EPA. The omega 6 is important to and you should try to get 100 mg of this - finally a good multi-nutrient that supplies these values can help to ensure that you’re getting enough as it is hard to get that from your diet.

      3. Take a Herbal. There are many herbal available in the market today can help balance your hormone level and improve your overall health. The most popular over the counter preparations include dong quai, red clove, wild yam, chaste tree berry, milk thistle and black cohosh. These herbs are often used by herbalists to cure menstrual problems or menopausal symptoms, and balance women’s hormones.

      4. Keep the stress way. One of the major contributing factors for a woman for hormonal imbalance is stress. This is something that needs to be worked out purely on the basis of will power. All you need to do is let things not affect you, take a break occasionally and visit places of your interest and try and find ways that will relax your body and mind. Get into some form of meditation, relax and sleep well whenever you get a chance to do that and find ways to distress yourself.

  24. QUESTION:
    Red Rasberry Tea and Red Clover?
    MY QUESTION IS WHAT BENEFITS DO THESE TWO HERBS HAVE? CAN THEY HARM ME AT ALL? THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

      Pure Raspberry Leaf to aid in strengthening and toning uterine lining in preparation for pregnancy. Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, raspberry leaf is one of the safest and commonly used tonic herbs for women wanting to get pregnant or for women who are already pregnant. Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) tones the uterus, improves contractions and decreases constipation.

      Raspberry Leaf contains many minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C and calcium. It also contains an alkaloid called fragrine, which lends tone to the uterus.

      Raspberry leaf does not start labor or promote contractions. It is not an emmenagogue or oxytocic herb. What it does is help strengthen the pelvic and uterine muscles so that once labor does start the muscles will be more efficient.

      Raspberry is also a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and E, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. These nutrients make it an excellent prevention and treatment for anemia and leg cramps, as well as a beneficial remedy for the reduction of morning sickness.

      Raspberry leaf tea also acts as an astringent on irritated skin by tightening the top layers of skin or mucous membranes effectively reducing secretions, relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness. As a mouth wash it is used to soothe mouth and throat irritations. You may use this tea as a gargle or apply it topically. Tea should be cool when used for these ailments.

      Raspberry leaf may affect infants and is not recommended for women who are breast-feeding. Diabetics should be careful as it might lower the blood sugar levels drastically.

      It’s because raspberry leaf is thought to have a slight effect like the female hormone, estrogen, it should not be used by women who have endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or cancers of the breast, ovaries, or uterus. Men who have prostate cancer should also avoid using it. In extremely high doses, raspberry leaf may cause muscles in the uterus to contract or relax, therefore a miscarriage could occur. No side effects have been associated with using raspberry leaf either by mouth or on the skin.

      Red Clover

      Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a herbaceous perennial plant that commonly grows wild in meadows throughout Europe and Asia, and has now been naturalized to grow in North America. The red flowers at the end of the branched stems are usually dried for therapeutic use.

      Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants).

      Historically, red clover has been used for cancer and cardiovascular health, such as whooping cough, asthma, and bronchitis. Tea made of the red clover flower has been used as an antispasmodic, expectorant, a mild sedative, and a blood purifier. Current uses of red clover are for menopausal symptoms, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and symptoms of prostate enlargement. Externally, it's considered a treatment for chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

      No serious side effects from red clover have been reported in humans. General side effects can include headache, nausea, and rash. However, infertility has been noted in grazing animals that consume large amounts of red clover. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take red clover.

      Red clover is also an ingredient in eight-herb essiac tea (blend of herbs used to make a tea that is believed by some and questioned by others to have cancer-treating properties).

      Some people take Essiac Tea on occasion for general health purposes or for healing of various ailments, not just cancer. Other ailments it may possibly be used for are diabetes, immune system disorders, and liver problems.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are Phyto-oestrogens and how do they act?

    • ANSWER:
      Phytohormones refer to plant compounds with hormonal effects.

      Such compounds may convey estrogenic, androgenic, corticosteriod, or progesterone-like effects. The function of phytohormones is exceedingly complex and probably involves many other plant actors that, by synergy, enhance their hormonal effects. When ingested, plant compounds that convey hormone-like effects are absorbed and activate hormone receptors, usually with less effect than human hormones. In case of hormone deficiency, they can provide horomone-like beneficial effects. Many herbs with hormonal effects are revered in medical folklore for benefits such as improved fertility, healthier babies, and relief of hormone-deficiency symptoms. Plants with well-known hormone-like actions include vitex (chaste tree), licorice, sarsaparilla, legumes such as soybeans, and the European mistletoe.

      Women, who eat a plant-based diet that is rich in a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and thus rich in phytohormones, are less likely to experience premenopausal or menopausal symptoms. Often, women who have mild symptoms of estrogen deficiency, such as hot flashes or vaginal dryness, can take herbs that are rich with phytoestrogens (compounds in plants with estrogenic effects), which will suffice. Thus, proper diet or herb supplements often make prescription estrogen unnecessary.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the herb alfalfa ? Why is it good for you?

    • ANSWER:
      What is Alfalfa?
      Latin Name: Medicago sativa
      Other Names: Buffalo herb, Lucerne, Purple Medic, Chilean clover

      Alfalfa is a plant native to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated elsewhere. It has an age-old reputation as a nutritious food. Alfalfa contains chlorophyll, protein, minerals, and beta-carotene, B vitamins, and vitamins C, E, and K.

      Alfalfa has a long history of use as a folk remedy in Europe, China, and India for indigestion, arthritis, bladder problems, high cholesterol, allergic rhinitis and hayfever, and irregular menstruation.

      Sources of Alfalfa
      Alfalfa is best known as a food. The raw sprouts can be found in the produce section of grocery stores and health food stores.

      It is also available in capsule, powder, tablet, and liquid extract forms. Many of these supplements are made from dried alfalfa leaves and/or seeds.

      Why is it good for you? Why People Use Alfalfa?

      Nutritional Support, Allergies, Diabetes, Menopausal Symptoms (e.g. Hot Flashes), High Cholesterol

      What is the Scientific Evidence for Alfalfa?

      Although preliminary studies with human subjects suggest that alfalfa may lower total and LDL cholesterol, there haven't been any randomized, controlled trials to substantiate these initial findings.

      In fact, there haven't been any randomized, controlled human trials on the use of alfalfa for any human health condition.

      Alfalfa contains coumestans, which are phytoestrogens. For this reason, alfalfa has been examined in laboratory studies for menopausal symptoms.

  27. QUESTION:
    TTC for over a year no luck, need tips!?
    My husband and I have been ttc for over a year. I have had one miscarriage. Any tips for us. I really also need help on pin pointing my ovulation times to my cycle is around 29 to 32 days. I have tried ALL ovulation calenders on the internet and they done seem to be helpin.. Any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Use Pre-Seed, It is a sperm friendly lubricant that expands their lifespan as well as helps with motility. You can buy it online or at CVS.com. I HIGHLY reccommend it, Everytime it as been used people have got pregnant the first month they used it.
      Also you can have six with a pillow under your hips and stay that way after sex for about a half hour. Let gravity help you!
      Have him take Zinc!Zinc:
      This mineral is involved in over 200 proteins and enzymes and is essential for male fertility. Zinc is involved in the activation of key sperm enzymes, and moves into the prostate with the assistance of testosterone. A lack of zinc causes a lowering of testosterone, shrinks testicle size and produces misshapen and less healthy sperm, among other negatives. Upon restoring a daily dose of 15 milligrams, testosterone and sperm count levels rebounded to acceptable levels within 12 months. Take zinc with a full glass of water.
      YOU TAKE EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
      Evening Primrose Oil:
      Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) lowers cholesterol, helps to alleviate pms and most importantly here, aids in the production of fertile quality cervical fluid. EPO is an essential fatty acid that contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA). It is converted to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 which has anti-inflammatory properties and may also act as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator. The anti-inflammatory properties help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. We want to discuss the effects EPO has on pms and cervical fluid.

      If you suffer from pms - this is a sign that you are deficient in the fatty acid contained in EPO. EPO can help the body to alleviate the pms symptoms. EPO does a world of good in treating aliments of all sorts.

      EPO helps the body to produce more fertile quality cervical fluid also known as "egg white cervical mucus." This is because fertile cervical fluid is thin, watery, clear and "stretchy" and easily aids the sperm to swim through the uterus and into the fallopian tube, and to the egg. If there is a lack in this type of cervical fluid, it can impede and/or prevent fertilization. Some women are very dry, and have problems in producing an adequate amount of fertile quality cervical fluid. Drinking a lot of water and taking the EPO can certainly help in the production of fertile cervical fluid. Also, this type of fluid helps the sperm to stay alive for up to five days inside the fallopian tube, thus enabling conception to happen even if you don't have intercourse again by the time ovulation occurs.

      EPO should only be taken from menstruation to ovulation. This is because EPO can cause uterine contractions in pregnancy. The dosage taken should be 1500mg to 3000mg per day. I usually took around 2000 mg of EPO. Since essential fatty acids are necessary, you can take flax seed oil in place of EPO after ovulation. This may be taken throughout pregnancy. Check the label to see the correct dosage.

      There are many remedies out there to help with fertility, but few are as good as EPO. EPO is excellent for women because of the help it gives in alleviating pms symptoms, and even menopausal women can benefit from taking it. I have heard of many praises to EPO and the fact that it definitely increases the fertile type cervical fluid. This may take a month or two to build up, and produce the results you are looking for. It is imperative that you chart your fertility symptoms and signs, so you can know when you have ovulated. By knowing this information, you can discontinue the EPO after ovulation and start the flax seed oil. Unless you are very regular, charting your fertility signs is the best tool to determine where you are in your cycle.

      GOOD LUCK THIS WILL HELP TREMENDOUSLY!!!
      SORRY IT IS SO LONG you can read about other herbs and vitamins at http://thefertilityshop.com

  28. QUESTION:
    can i use valerian root instead of clonopin for social anxiety?

    • ANSWER:
      You can use it but it probably won't do any good. One of the problems of taking drugs (natural or pharmaceutical) in the treatment of anxiety disorders is they do not cure anything. You may get relief from symptoms but until you "cure" yourself, the problem will persist in the absence of the drugs. This means that you need to be especially careful about long term side effects of adverse effects on health.

      Here's what the NIH has to say about Valerian...

      What the Science Says

      * Research suggests that valerian may be helpful for insomnia, but there is not enough evidence from well-designed studies to confirm this.
      * There is not enough scientific evidence to determine whether valerian works for other conditions, such as anxiety or depression.
      * NCCAM-funded research on valerian includes studies on the herb's effects on sleep in healthy older adults and in people with Parkinson's disease. NCCAM-funded researchers are also studying the potential of valerian and other herbal products to relieve menopausal symptoms.

      Top
      Side Effects and Cautions

      * Studies suggest that valerian is generally safe to use for short periods of time (for example, 4 to 6 weeks).
      * No information is available about the long-term safety of valerian.
      * Valerian can cause mild side effects, such as headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, and tiredness the morning after its use.
      * Tell all your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care. For tips about talking with your health care providers about CAMA group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, and alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine., see NCCAM's Time to Talk campaign.
      * Search the scientific literature for potential herb-drug interactions

      Follow the source link below for more. Also use http://www.nih.gov for information about all things health. Type "Valerian" into the search box and you'll find many more white papers on the substance.

      Good luck and good health!!

  29. 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

  30. QUESTION:
    This question is for menopausal women.? After 15 years of HRT, my Dr took me off of hormones.?
    Hot flashes, night sweats are bad, but my main concern is osteoporosis--family trait. What vitamins, herbs, supplements can anyone recommend for menopausal symptoms as well as bone/body health. There are so many vitamins, etc. out there, I get confused trying to pick the right one. Some say Q-10, some Ester C, others Estroven. I need help by someone who has experienced some success with a certain brand. Thanks.
    Young age had hysterectomy--that's why HRT for so long.

    • ANSWER:
      Registered Nurse here; Dear, the main person that can give you the most accurate answer is your OB/GYN, or General practitioner, having had a hysterectomy at a early age, your needs may be a little different than one who went through menopause as a natural process. What you need is a calcium supplement and not one sold over the counter. There are several calcium replacement supplements that require a prescription. With a history of osteoporosis in your family history, I would think you would definitely need one prescribed by your doctor. Thanks for the opportunity to address your question.

  31. QUESTION:
    ladies, what foods help you with your hormonal imbalance?
    like you know...menopausal symptoms

    • ANSWER:
      It can be as helpful to cut out certain foods as it can to eat others.

      For hot flushes cut out stimulants such as tea, coffee, alcohol and chocolate, especially at night - they're notorious for setting off hot flushes. Lachesis is often used to help reduce hot flushes. Other remedies include graphites, silver nitrate, sepia and sulphur.

      For fatigue avoid snaky sugary foods and eat fresh fruit instead.

      For thinning bones avoid fizzy drinks as they contain phosphates, which can prevent your body taking up magnesium and calcium and help increase the absorption of calcium by taking half a tablespoon each of cider vinegar and honey in a cupful of warm water up to three times a day. And do eat more alkaline foods - vegetables, fruits, seeds, almonds, brazil nuts and yogurt - to help prevent calcium reserves being leached.

      Increase you intake of phyto-oestrogens by eating more: soya milk and soya flour, linseeds, tofu, pumpkins seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds

      Some herbs increase adrenalin and may increase oestrogen. These herbs include: siberian ginseng, nettle, borage and liquorice. Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) and sage.

      Eat foods rich in vitamin B6. Many breakfast cereals are high in B vitamins. Eat foods with vitamin E, such as hazelnuts, almonds, sweet potato and avocado. Avoid hot spicy foods. Take supplements of Evening Primrose. Eat foods high in magnesium and calcium.

  32. QUESTION:
    My step mom makes me drink pee?
    She drinks her own pee, and makes me drink it. She says that its very healthy and cures a lot of stuff. I don't like drinking it, its so salty. How do I say this to my step-mom?

    • ANSWER:
      Urine therapy is said to cure almost anything; however, it is very important if doing it that it be your own urine as it is believed the body has innate wisdom in fixing what is wrong with your body by analyzing the urine somehow.

      If it belongs to your step mother, the body will not work correctly for you as it is for her body to use to heal/analyze and not yours. Also the female hormones in it could be harmful to you.

      It must be a clean catch midstream with the first morning's urine. It is sterile if drunk right away. Do not leave it sitting around and then drink it as it will gain bacteria in that case.

      I did try it before and one must be aware that one may have a healing crisis and get worst before you get better and you might get things like coughs, colds, flu, upsets and other signs that the body is detoxing.

      I found it hard to drink even though mine was not strong without putting ice in it and adding to a strong juice like grape juice if drinking more than a tiny bit.

      If she is making you drink yours, I would say she is misinformed about the need for it to be your own urine and not someone else's. If she does not care, I would say this is child abuse or maybe she does it for some sick sexual reason.

      I feel it should be your choice to do it or not do it as this is something that is not easy to do. One must really want to get better and be sicker to try it. I personally do not think this is helpful to you if you are just doing it to stay healthy if you are not even sick in the first place and also do not want to do it and find it distasteful. For her, it is fine to do and her choice(she should not do it in front of you though) but on something like this I personally do not think it should be forced. Most people will not do this if sick let alone well..,I did it to test it as my mother's was dying and I heard this helped but though she found it interesting and shared it and a book with some of her friends, she never tried it. I certainly would not force her to and respected her chose for obvious reasons. I figured I should test it first before mentioning it to her in case it was harmful as I was in better health.

      If it is her urine, tell her you did research that said it is not good to drink the urine of another person, especially a females which is so rift with estrogenic female hormones that they use horse urine to make pills that they give to menopausal women to prevent symptoms of menopause since you are a male.

      If you want to do your own, ask that it just be a little bit and that you be allowed to drink it with grape juice and ice and only in the morning. be sure to gather it correctly.

      If you absolutely do not want to do it, tell her you are getting very upset doing this and it is unpleasant. Tell her you would be willing to eat healthier, exercise and take herbs or vitamins to assure good health in lieu of this practice. Tell her if she insists that there is a line that parents should not cross and that you believe authorities would agree but do not say you are turning her in or anything...just getting her wondering if you might as this may make her stop insisting you do it.

      Tell her you appreciate her letting you know about this inexpensive way to cure health problems and you will keep it in mind if you ever get sick when you are an adult but you cannot do it anymore as it makes you nauseous.

      Make sure she knows it is not healthful to drink any urine but one's own and it must be the first morning clean catch and it is not good for a male to drink a female's urine due to the female hormones which are rift in the sample.

      If she persists and makes you, ask first to do the ice and juice thing to lesson the ill taste. Then go online and research the harm of drinking the urine of a female and copy them..make two copies...give one to your dad and tell him you are worried and you need his help to stop doing this.
      See what he can do.

      If he refuses to help, you might want to take the info on both its health benefits so they know there is a chance the step mom may be doing this with good intentions and the dangers of drinking another's urine and take it to a trusted relative and enlist her/his help to speak with your dad to see if he can confront her without making her mad and taking it out on you first.

      You may want to read some books and websites on urine therapy to see that other cultures use this and feel it is very healthful so if it continues at least it will not seem so foreign to you.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have an ideas to help night sweats and hot flashes. My sister has cancer and went into menoplause

    • ANSWER:
      She could try hormone replacement therapy, but only if her cancer doc and gynecologist agree to the regimen. They need to agree, because sometimes cancers are encouraged by such treatment. According to traditional Chinese medicine, she needs to cool her body; think of it that her body is "overheating" without being able to regulate (i.e., female hormones) itself. I would suggest eating soy-based products to help her body with the components she is missing. This should help alleviate her symptoms and she will be getting high protein in her body to boot....

      I would be careful and consult with the doc regarding any herbal remedies to mitigate her menopausal symptoms, because herbs in their raw form aren't necessarily beneficial (due to bacteria, mold, fungus, etc.) and can impact her during a time of low immunity. Herbs can also interfere with her medication regimen currently and work against her. Realize that the most important thing right now is to stop the cancer and she may need to just "ride through" the side effects.

      Tell her to keep "cool" and stay strong...!

  34. QUESTION:
    will the herbal supplement estroven shrink my package?
    my bf wants me to take it, obviously im a bottom...

    • ANSWER:
      The following was copied and pasted from this link. . .

      http://www.drugs.com/drp/estroven-caplets.html

      What is Estroven?
      Estroven is a dietary supplement containing natural ingredients. Estroven helps reduce physical and psychological effects of hormonal imbalance associated with perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.

      Estroven Uses
      Clinical studies of the specific ingredients in Estroven when used by women experiencing early climacteric symptoms (perimenopause) have shown significant reduction in vasomotor symptoms including night sweats and hot flashes; reduction of hormone-related irritability; support for a restful sleep; and protective effects on bones and the cardiovascular system.*
      Estroven Directions
      Take one caplet daily a few hours before bedtime with food.
      Estroven contains a natural calming herbal blend that, when taken before retiring for the day, may help you relax, enjoy a good night's sleep and have an energized morning.*
      It is recommended that all supplements be taken with food to avoid any minor stomach upset that may result when supplements are taken on an empty stomach. Additionally, some nutrients such as vitamin E and the B vitamins are better absorbed with food.
      Estroven Precautions
      Do not take if pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive
      Estroven Adverse Reactions
      There are no major side effects associated with the recommended dosage of Estroven.
      Ingredients
      Each caplet contains: Vitamin E 30IU; Thiamin 2mg; Riboflavin 2mg; Niacin 20mg; Vitamin B-6 10mg; Folate 400mcg; Vitamin B-12 6mcg; Calcium 150mg; Selenium 70mcg; Estroven Calming Herbal Blend (proprietary blend of Date seed extract [ Zizyphus spinosa ] and Magnolia bark extract) 150mg; Isoflavones (from Pueraria lobata root extract and GMO-free soybeans) 55mg; Black cohosh root standardized extract 40mg, Boron 1.5mg.
      Estroven helps to naturally support hormonal balance with ingredients known to be good sources of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring compounds found in many plants including soybeans, whole grain cereals, seeds, nuts and many herbs. Phytoestrogens have a structure similar to that of the estrogen produced in your body and help support hormonal balance.* Studies have shown that women who consume foods high in phytoestrogens experience less dramatic hormone fluctuations during menopause.*
      Soy Isoflavones
      Soybeans are very rich sources of phytoestrogens called isoflavones. The specific plant estrogens in soy include daidzein and genistein.
      Standardized Black Cohosh
      Black cohosh is a rich herbal source of natural phytoestrogens that has been clinically shown to reduce hot flashes.* It has been used for centuries throughout the world to provide support for many areas of female health.
      Calcium and Boron
      Estroven is a good source of supplemental calcium to support strong bones.* Boron is an essential nutrient which aids calcium absorption.*
      Natural Vitamin E, B-12, B-6 and Folic Acid
      Vitamins E, B-6, B-12 and folic acid have been extensively researched, and all play an integral role in supporting cardiovascular health.*
      Estroven Calming Herbal Blend
      A natural blend of traditional herbs used to reduce irritability and get a good night's sleep.*
      B Vitamins
      Thiamin (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), and niacin (B-3) work together to transform carbohydrates in your diet into energy.*
      Other Ingredients - cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, silica, vegetable magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (natural mineral source), vanilla and caramel color.
      Estroven contains no artificial dyes, colors, preservatives, flavors, yeast, wheat, gluten or lactose.
      * These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Estroven is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

      This is dietary supplement for women that are menopausal

      So please do not waist your money on estroven it will do absolutely nothing for you.

  35. QUESTION:
    what herb relieves hot flashes?
    I heard that there is an herb that relieves "hot flashes" associated with menopause. I just can't remember what it is and I'm willing to try anything. LOL

    • ANSWER:
      What else have you tried already to manage hot flashes? There is an herb called black cohosh that people believe to help, but the National Institutes of Aging/National Institutes of Health didn't find this to be the case (see link below). You may also want to check out with that NCCAM has to say about alternative medicine in relationship to menopausal symptoms (see link below).

      Personally, I've found for women removing as much soy from your diet as possible can be generally helpful. Soy seems to be a "trace" ingredient in just about everything (it seems to be in every sort of processed food product out there!). I definitely feel better after removing products with soy from my diet. The NCCAM link does discuss soy, but it's pretty mixed as to whether it is or isn't effective in management.

      If you're looking to manage your hot flashes more naturally, there are some things you can do...see the links under "self-care strategies."

      Good luck to you!

  36. QUESTION:
    Does any one have a home remedy for Hot Flashes.?
    Dr. has taken me off Prempro since I've been on it for so long. The hot flashes just won't leave me. Am struggling to sleep at nite. Have had this problem for more than 20 yrs. The gyne sez some people never get rid of them and I guess I'm 1 of them. Have tried Soy stuff(which my Male G.P. suggested) and Cohase.

    • ANSWER:
      This is from the webmd site, hope it helps............

      Managing hot flashes

      Most women experience hot flashes at some point before or after menopause, when their estrogen levels are declining. While some women have few to no hot flashes, others have them numerous times per day. If hot flashes are disrupting your sleep or daily life, you are no doubt looking for relief. Fortunately, you have a number of self-care and medical treatment options that can help you manage your symptoms.
      Key points

      * However disruptive and frustrating they may be, hot flashes are not a sign of a medical problem. They are a normal response to natural hormonal changes in your body. Hot flashes usually subside after the first or second year following menopause, when estrogen levels stabilize at a low level.
      * Tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, and stress tend to worsen hot flashes. By avoiding these risk factors, exercising regularly, and eating well, you can prevent or reduce hot flashes.
      * The body-mind connection is a powerful element of hot flashes and emotional symptoms. Rhythmic breathing exercises (paced respiration), which help you meditate and relax, can effectively reduce your hot flashes.1, 2
      * Treatments that may either reduce or stop moderate to severe hot flashes include short-term, low-dose estrogen (hormone therapy), certain antidepressant and blood pressure medications, and the herb black cohosh.

      How can I manage hot flashes

      You can manage hot flashes by making certain lifestyle choices. You can also take daily medication. Some measures help prevent or reduce hot flashes, and others can make you more comfortable when you're having a hot flash. If you are looking for additional treatment measures, you have a few options to choose from.
      Lifestyle choices for preventing or reducing hot flashes

      Eat and drink well, and avoid smoking.

      * Limit your intake of alcohol.
      * Drink cold beverages rather than hot ones.
      * Eat smaller, more frequent meals to avoid the heat generated by digesting large amounts of food.
      * Eat plenty of low-fat, high-fiber foods.
      * Do not smoke or use other forms of tobacco.

      Stay cool.

      * Keep your environment cool, or use a fan.
      * Dress in layers, so you can remove clothes as needed.
      * Wear natural fabrics, such as cotton and silk.
      * Sleep with fewer blankets.

      Reduce stress.

      * Get regular physical exercise.
      * Use relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, or biofeedback. Using a breathing-for-relaxation exercise called paced respiration has been shown to significantly reduce hot flashes and emotional symptoms.1, 2

      Medical treatment options for hot flashes

      * Short-term, low-dose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can reduce or stop hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms by raising your body's estrogen level. Use the lowest dose needed for the shortest possible time and have checkups every 6 months. This is because HRT causes breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and dementia in a small number of women. These risks may be different for younger menopausal women.3, 4 There are as yet no firm safety guidelines for HRT use by healthy women. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease or breast cancer, avoid using estrogen for hot-flash relief-other options are available.
      * Estrogen-progestin birth control pills (before menopause) can reduce or stop hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms by evening out fluctuating hormones. If you are older than 35 and smoke, have diabetes, or have a personal or family history of cardiovascular disease or breast cancer, avoid using estrogen for hot-flash relief-other options are available.
      * Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medication can reduce the number and severity of hot flashes by improving the brain's use of serotonin, which helps regulate body temperature.5 Side effects are possible. This type of medication is a good choice if hot flashes, irritability, or mood swings are your only perimenopausal symptom.
      * Clonidine, a high blood pressure medication, can reduce the number and severity of hot flashes by lowering blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure is safe for some women and not for others.6 This type of medication is a good choice if hot flashes are your only perimenopausal symptom, especially if you have high blood pressure.
      * Black cohosh may reduce or prevent hot flashes, depression, and anxiety as well as low-dose estrogen does.7, 8 As with HRT, have a checkup every 6 months when taking black cohosh. Research on human cells and on animals suggests that black cohosh doesn't cause the same cancer changes that estrogen does. But it's best to be cautious until long-term studies are done.8
      * Some women eat and drink a lot of soy to even out hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms. However, studies show mixed results about whether soy phytoestrogens are clearly effective, particularly when taken as a pill. This may be because the active ingredients in soy are not well understood.9

      Here is the link in case you want to research more options...............

      http://www.webmd.com/menopause/Managing-hot-flashes

      Here is the link to all articles at webmd on hot flashes.

      http://www.webmd.com/search/search_results/default.aspx?query=hot+flashes&x=20&y=6

  37. QUESTION:
    For women with PCOS and actual experience with herbs.?
    Have you used and had success with any herbs? I am considering saw palmetto b/c I want to take something that will decrease testosterone. Also, does anyone know about green tea? Let me know if you have any suggestions of herbs.

    I am aware of the prescrition meds available already.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some recommended herbs, these should be taken in addition to diet and exercise- PCOS is more likely to occur if you are overweight:

      Red clover ( Tritolium pretense)

      Part Used: Dried flower heads; fresh plant

      Actions and Uses: Red clover contains a plant estrogen called coumestrol that stimulates the ovaries. It is a good 'alkalinizing' herb that restores healthy body functions. Red clover is a specific for the herbal treatment of ovarian cysts.

      Dosage: To relieve hot flashes, take 1,000-2,000 mg of red clover in tablet or capsule form or drink 3-4 cups of red clover tea daily. Or take 1/2-11/2 teaspoons of red clover tincture, up to three times daily.

      Shepherd's purse (CapseIla bursapastoris)

      Part Used: Dried flowering plant; fresh plant

      Actions and Uses: Shepherd's purse is a pituitary regulator with androgenic properties. One of its primary attributes is its ability to normalize progesterone levels. It you are moving into menopause and have been experiencing excessive, irregular bleeding or spotting, this herb will help to regulate and increase the length of your menstrual cycles until the natural cessation of menses.

      Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form daily, or take 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of tincture, up to twice daily.

      True unicorn root (Aletris farinosa)

      Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

      Actions and Uses: This estrogenic herb stimulates and strengthens the female genital organs. It is a bitter herb that is also useful for indigestion and has a mild sedative action.

      Dosage: Take 500-1,000 mg in tablet or capsule form daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice a day.

      Wild yam (Dioscarea villosa)

      Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

      Actions and Uses: Wild yam is a powerful estrogenic herb used by women around the world. It has a good anti- inflammatory action and gives relief from menopausal arthritis. It also has progestogenic properties, and may help to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.

      Dosage: Take 1,000-4,000 mg of dried extract daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice a day.

      Black cohosh ( cimicifuga racemosa)

      Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

      Actions and Uses: This is a good estrogenic herb that acts specifically on the uterus to reduce cramps and congestion. It is also good for relieving hot flashes. Black Cohosh contains two anti-rheumatic agents. It is an excellent herb for relieving muscular pain and cramping. It may also help to reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

      Dosage: Take 250 mg in tablet or capsule form, two to four times daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

      Damiana ( Turnera diffuse)

      Part Used: Dried leaves

      Actions and Uses: Damiana is a pituitary regulator and antidepressant. It is also an aphrodisiac and is of benefit for sexual difficulties. It should not be taken too frequently, however, or it may irritate the lining of the urinary tract.

      Dosage: Take 100-150 mg in tablet or capsule form, for two or three days out of the week. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily, for two or three days out of the week.

      Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

      Part Used: Leaves, roots, and tops

      Actions and Uses: Dandelion is a wonderful herb for the liver. If your hormones are out of balance, then your liver is under extra stress, and dandelion root will be beneficial for this.

      Dosage: Take 1,000-3,000 mg in tablet or capsule form, or 2-3 cups of tea, daily. Or take 1-2 teaspoons of dandelion tincture, three times daily.

      Dong quai (Angelica sinensis)

      Part Used: Roots

      Actions and Uses: This herb is high in natural plant estrogens called phytosterols and helps to reduce the symptoms of estrogen deficiency.

      Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form, twice daily. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

      False unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum)

      Part Used: Dried roots and rhizomes

      Actions and Uses: This plant is an estrogen regulator. It has a direct action on the uterus and ovaries and is considered to be a corrective herb for women. It is a specific for the herbal treatment of ovarian cysts.

      Dosage: Take 500 mg in tablet or capsule form, or 1 teaspoon of tincture, daily.

      Liferoot (Senecio Bursas)

      Part Used: Dried plant

      Actions and Uses: Liferoot is a uterine tonic that contains plant estrogens. It helps to reestablish emotional and vascular stability and eliminate hot flashes. It may also help to treat irregular, painful, or excessive menstrual bleeding.

      Dosage: Take 500 mg daily in tablet or capsule form. Or take 1/2 teaspoon of tincture, twice daily.

      Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

      Part Used: Fresh or dried leaves and fruit

      Actions and Uses: Raspberry is an astringent and nutritive estrogenic herb. It has a direct action on the muscles of the uterus, helps to tone weakened uterine muscles, and relaxes uterine and intestinal spasms. It also assists in correcting prolapse of the uterus and/or vagina.

      Dosage: Take 2,000 mg in tablet or capsule form, or drink 2-3 glasses of rasp- berry tea daily. Or take '/,-I teaspoon of rasp- berry tincture, up to three times daily.

  38. QUESTION:
    how much Evening primrose oil ?
    on the bottle (500mg) it says "Take 2 to 3 softgels, 2 times a day... May be used up to 3 months consecutively" so i've been taking 2 w/ breakfast and 2 w/ dinner. am i supposed to take 2 to 3 daily or 4 to 6 daily? and what does 3months consecutively mean? that im supposed to stop after 3 months? i take it so my period comes more regularly
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Evening Primrose Oil or EPO should only be taken from menstruation to ovulation. This is because Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can cause uterine contractions in pregnancy. The dosage taken should be 1500mg to 3000mg per day. Since essential fatty acids are necessary, you can take flax seed oil in place of Evening Primrose Oil or EPO after ovulation. This may be taken throughout pregnancy as well.

      There are many remedies out there to help with fertility, but few are as good as Evening Primrose Oil or EPO. Evening Primrose Oil or EPO is excellent for women because of the help it gives in alleviating premenstrual syndrome symptoms, and even menopausal women can benefit from taking it. There are a large number of women who will vouch for Evening Primrose Oil or EPO as a great agent to increase the fertile type cervical fluid.

      Like all herbs, the use of Evening Primrose Oil or EPO can take a month or two to build up, and produce the results you are looking for. It is essential that you chart your fertility symptoms and signs, so you can know when you have ovulated. By knowing this information, you can discontinue the Evening Primrose Oil or EPO after ovulation and start the flax seed oil. Unless you are very regular, charting your fertility signs is the best tool to determine where you are in your cycle.

      to take it three months consecutively just means for it to start working the best you to take it daily for at least three months. if it helps then keep taking it after that

  39. QUESTION:
    Rooting Belladonna?
    I received some Belladonna and went through and put the ones that had no roots into some water, hoping to root them. Unfortunately, the plants I had dried before I could plant them. Will the Belladonna root in the water or will I have to go and harvest more? Thanks very much!

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt it will root now...Best to start over.
      Belladonna leaf is harvested between May and July and dried at temperatures no warmer than 140°F (60° C). The roots of Atropa belladonna plants that have reached two to four year old maturity are also harvested for herbal preparations in early fall between mid-October and mid-November. The roots are then cleaned and dried at temperatures no warmer than 122°F (50°C). After drying, the leaves and roots are crushed for use in a number of forms, including decoctions, tinctures, infusions, plasters, pills, suppositories, liquid solutions or suspensions, and powders. They can be used both alone and in combination with other herbs and medications.

      It is extremely dangerous to self-prescribe belladonna, and it should always be taken under the direction of a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. The frequency and quantity of dosage will depend on both the patient and the illness the herb is prescribed for, but the doses are always extremely small. For example the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) for Herbal Medicines recommends an average single dose of 0.05-0.10 g. Each patient's illness is different and some patients experience toxicity at unusually low doses.

      For homeopathic remedies, the plant is broken apart and juice is extracted through a pressing process. The extract is then mixed with a water/alcohol solution by a ratio of either 1:10 or 1:100, and this process is repeated up to 30 times to form an extremely diluted dose of the extract. Homeopathic belladonna remedy is generally added to pellets of sugar for easier administration. The dilution and dosage frequency depend on the symptoms being treated, but homeopathic remedies are typically administered only until the patient starts to show signs of improvement so that the body's natural healing response can take over.

      Belladonna is available by prescription both alone (in high concentration strength) and in combination with other drugs. Currently available prescription combinations include belladonna with opium (for uterine pain), kaolin and pectin (for diarrhea), pheno-barbital (for menopausal symptoms and migraine prophylactic), other barbiturates (for insomnia and for cramping and muscle spasms in the digestive tract), or belladonna and opium suppositories (for severe intestinal cramping).

      Belladonna preparations should be stored in air-tight containers away from direct light. Under these conditions, most preparations will remain potent for up to three years.

      Precautions

      Ingestion of high concentrations of atropine, a potent alkaloid found in belladonna, can cause severe illness and death. Atropine is fatal in doses as small as 100 mg, which equals 5-50 g of belladonna herb, depending on the potency of the particular plant. For children, a fatal dose is even significantly less. For this reason, belladonna should never be used unless prescribed by a trained practitioner.

      Patients with any chronic health conditions should never take belladonna without a doctor's prescription.
      Resources
      Jonas, Wayne B., M.D. and Jennifer Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H. Healing With Homeopathy. New York: Warner Books, 1996.
      Medical Economics Company. PDR for Herbal Medicines. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, 1998.
      Balzarini, A. et al. "Efficacy of homeopathic treatment of Homeopathic Journal. (January 2000) 89 (1): 8-12.
      The American Botanical Council. P.O. Box 144345, Austin, TX 78714-4345. (512)926-4900. http://www.herbalgram.org.

      Britannica Concise Encyclopedia: belladonna

  40. QUESTION:
    Is alfalfa a natural diuretic? are there any benefits to taking a supplement?

    • ANSWER:
      Beneficial Uses:
      Alfalfa is a good laxative and natural diuretic that promotes urine flow and is often used to treat urinary tract infections and eliminate excess retained water.

      Alfalfa is especially useful for replacing vitamin K that is depleted during treatment with a wide variety of drugs, including antibiotics.

      Alfalfa acts as a blood purifier and has helped many arthritis sufferers. The action as a detoxifier and blood purifier has been found to be beneficial for a variety of illnesses, including liver disorders, breath odor, infections, disorders of the bones and joints and skin ailments.

      Alfalfa has an alkalizing effect on the body. It is a great source of mineral supplements that are all alkaline, which has a neutralizing effect on the intestinal tract, thereby easing digestive problems, such as upset stomach, gastritis and indigestion.

      Alfalfa contains a high calcium and magnesium content, and studies have shown that migraines may be prevented and/or reduced when these two minerals are combined. All the minerals are in a balanced form, which also promotes absorption.

      Herbalists have long used Alfalfa Leaf to treat ulcers, as the bioflavonoids found in Alfalfa reduce inflammation of the stomach lining and build capillary strength, while Alfalfa's vitamin A helps to maintain the stomach's overall health. The herb's enzymes aid in food assimulation. During the Han Dynasty (200 A.D.), Alfalfa was used to treat ulcers and continues in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to strengthen the digestive tract and stimulate the appetite.

      Alfalfa is said to lower cholesterol (by blocking cholesterol's absorption into the body from the intestines), balance blood sugar (especially when taken with manganese) and promote pituitary gland function.

      Alfalfa is an immune-system stimulant that promotes normal blood clotting; and the vitamin K content helps treat bleeding gums and nosebleed, but does not interfere with normal circulation. The bioflavonoids found in Alfalfa are believed to build capillary strength.

      Alfalfa contains phytoestrogens, and the herb has had some estrogenic activity in women whose own sex hormone production has declined; thus Alfalfa has helped many women with the discomforts of menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flashes. The phytoestrogens appear to reduce the risk of estrogen-linked disease, including serious breast problems). The Vitamin K2 found in Alfalfa may also partially prevent bone loss caused by estrogen deficiency.

      Recommended Dosage:
      Take two (2) capsules, two (2) to three (3) times each day with water at mealtimes.

      Contraindications:
      Alfalfa should not be taken by those who have autoimmune problems (lupus, etc.), nor should it be taken by pregnant women. Those taking prescription anticoagulants such as Coumadin, etc., should avoid this herb.

  41. QUESTION:
    Herbal Fertility Remedies?
    I'm wondering if anybody has any ideas on herbal fertility remedies? Apparently I don't ovulate on my own and, instead of jumping right into hormone therapy (I haven't heard good things about synthetic hormones) I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions as to what I can do to improve my fertility and reproductive health. I've read things about red raspberry leaf and what not but, I don't know if it actually helps. Any ideas or personal experience?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is some information we've collected about how the various vitamins, minerals and herbs affect fertility. As with all use of any of these products, please check with your doctor as to how they might affect you.
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      FertilAid: A blend of many of the supplements listed below
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      Vitamins and Minerals for Fertility
      Vitamin C and Fertility:
      According to a study conducted at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston, insufficient amounts of vitamin C in a man’s diet can lead to agglutination of sperm. Agglutination occurs when sperm cells clump together, thus inhibiting maximal progression or movement of the sperm. According to Dr. Earl Dawson M.D., Ph.D., associate professor at the U of Texas at Galveston, vitamin C is also helpful in smokers who have increased amounts of abnormally formed sperm. Cigarette smoke is absorbed through the lungs and enters the circulatory system (bloodstream). Once the toxins reach the bloodstream they find their way to the semen and this can lead to less than optimal sperm count and function. It is believed that vitamin C helps to neutralize the toxic effects of cigarette smoke on the sperm. When sperm stick together (a condition called agglutination), fertility is reduced. Vitamin C reduces sperm agglutination,(3) increasing the fertility of men with this condition. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 60 milligams per day for an adult male. According to Dr. Dawson intake of 200 to 1000 milligrams per day had a beneficial effect on sperm.

      Women should avoid megadoses of vitamin C because it can dry up cervical fluid, preventing sperm from reaching the egg. Limit the amount you take to the dose included in your prenatal vitamin.
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      Vitamin E and Fertility:
      Vitamin E Essential for fertility and reproduction. Deficiency in rats has shown that it leads to absorption in the female and loss of fertility on the male. This potent antioxidant plays important roles in male sperm production. It is known that a lack of vitamin E inhibits the formation of sperm. Low vitamin E levels can cause a decline in the formation of key sex hormones and enzymes responsible for sperm production.. Although potency is not affected, fertility is improved due to its protective effect on sperm cell membranes. Supplementation with Vitamin E may also aid in improving sperm motility. Dose: 400 IU daily. Talk to your doctor prior to starting Vitamin E, particularly if you are currently taking aspirin or other blood thinners.
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      Selenium:
      A study conducted at the University of Padua in Italy and published in the Journal Science states that a diet low in selenium could be a cause of male infertility. Selenium acts to help prevent oxidation of the sperm cell, thus aiding in maintaining sperm cell integrity. Good sources of selenium can be found in red meat, liver and seafood. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for selenium is 70 micrograms/day for an adult male.
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      Zinc:
      This mineral is involved in over 200 proteins and enzymes and is essential for male fertility. Zinc is involved in the activation of key sperm enzymes, and moves into the prostate with the assistance of testosterone. A lack of zinc causes a lowering of testosterone, shrinks testicle size and produces misshapen and less healthy sperm, among other negatives. Upon restoring a daily dose of 15 milligrams, testosterone and sperm count levels rebounded to acceptable levels within 12 months. Take zinc with a full glass of water.
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      Herbs for Fertility
      Black Cohosh
      Black cohosh is used primarily for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Black cohosh, a phytoestrogen, is the most promising herbal remedy to treat mood swings, hot flashes and vaginal dryness associated with menopause. Phytoestrogens are non-steroidal, plant-derived substances that bind or activate estrogen receptors in various areas of the body. In post-menopausal women, phytoestrogens typically act as weak estrogens.

      An improvement in overall menopausal symptoms, reduction in hot flashes and stimulation of vaginal changes were observed in a series of clinical studies in more than 800 women. Few or no toxic effects were observed.
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      Evening Primrose Oil:
      Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) lowers cholesterol, helps to alleviate pms and most importantly here, aids in the production of fertile quality cervical fluid. EPO is an essential fatty acid that contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA). It is converted to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 which has anti-inflammatory properties and may also act as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator. The anti-inflammatory properties help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. We want to discuss the effects EPO has on pms and cervical fluid.

      If you suffer from pms - this is a sign that you are deficient in the fatty acid contained in EPO. EPO can help the body to alleviate the pms symptoms. EPO does a world of good in treating aliments of all sorts.

      EPO helps the body to produce more fertile quality cervical fluid also known as "egg white cervical mucus." This is because fertile cervical fluid is thin, watery, clear and "stretchy" and easily aids the sperm to swim through the uterus and into the fallopian tube, and to the egg. If there is a lack in this type of cervical fluid, it can impede and/or prevent fertilization. Some women are very dry, and have problems in producing an adequate amount of fertile quality cervical fluid. Drinking a lot of water and taking the EPO can certainly help in the production of fertile cervical fluid. Also, this type of fluid helps the sperm to stay alive for up to five days inside the fallopian tube, thus enabling conception to happen even if you don't have intercourse again by the time ovulation occurs.

      EPO should only be taken from menstruation to ovulation. This is because EPO can cause uterine contractions in pregnancy. The dosage taken should be 1500mg to 3000mg per day. I usually took around 2000 mg of EPO. Since essential fatty acids are necessary, you can take flax seed oil in place of EPO after ovulation. This may be taken throughout pregnancy. Check the label to see the correct dosage.

      There are many remedies out there to help with fertility, but few are as good as EPO. EPO is excellent for women because of the help it gives in alleviating pms symptoms, and even menopausal women can benefit from taking it. I have heard of many praises to EPO and the fact that it definitely increases the fertile type cervical fluid. This may take a month or two to build up, and produce the results you are looking for. It is imperative that you chart your fertility symptoms and signs, so you can know when you have ovulated. By knowing this information, you can discontinue the EPO after ovulation and start the flax seed oil. Unless you are very regular, charting your fertility signs is the best tool to determine where you are in your cycle.
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      Ginseng:
      Stimulates the immune system and can help fight male impotence and improve male fertility. Measurable test results show that it can increase sexual desire, raise testosterone levels, increase sperm count and increase sperm mobility

      Pycnogenol

      According to a study done by Dr. Scott Roseff, author of the study and Director of the West Essex Center for Advanced Reproductive Endocrinology "Up to 60% of infertile couples have difficulty conceiving due to abnormalities in the male's sperm. By taking Pycnogenol(r) to increase normally functioning sperm naturally, couples may be able to (or potentially) avoid in-vitro fertilization and either enjoy improved natural fertility or undergo less invasive and less expensive fertility-promoting procedures."

      Pycnogenol(r) is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the Maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France. It represents a unique and natural combination of genetically programmed constant proportions of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids, making it a super antioxidant.

      The antioxidant Pycnogenol improved the quality and function of sperm in men with fertility problems by a mean of 38% and 19%, respectively, after only 90 days of use, according to a new landmark clinical trial being published in the October 2002 issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, giving infertile couples new hope and a new alternative to more invasive procedures.
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      Saw Palmetto:
      Iis a natural steroid source herb with tissue building and gland stimulating properties to tonify and strengthen the male reproductive system. It is a primary herb for male impotence, low libido and prostate health.
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      Vitex:
      Vitex helps to lengthen luteal phase defects and helps to lower high prolactin levels, both of which causes infertility. However, vitex does not contain hormones - its benefits stem from its actions upon the pituitary gland - specifically upon the production of lutenizing hormone. This helps to increase the production of progesterone - thus helping to regulate the menstrual cycle. It also aids in decreasing prolactin levels. A breastfeeding mom, for example, would produce a high level of prolactin, thus the natural birth control effect. But in decreasing the prolactin levels - it may enable a woman to finally become pregnant

      Some say to take it from menstruation to ovulation - stopping once ovulation has been established and then continuing again if menstruation should occur. Others have said it is safe to take all month long - stopping if pregnancy should occur. On this argument - the effects vitex has on a woman’s hormones can benefit her throughout her entire cycle. Also, it may be a smart practice to discontinue any supplements during menstruation, to allow the body to completely cleanse itself.

      Vitex is not a fast acting herb and may take several months to build up in your system. When using vitex to treat infertility you can take it up to 12 to 18 months - or until pregnancy occurs. Should pregnancy not occur in that time span, seek the advice of a health care professional for the next steps in achieving pregnancy. Another note of caution - you cannot take vitex while taking the fertility drug Clomid - or any drug like Clomid. It seems that vitex and Clomid counter act each other.

      Vitex helps minimize symptoms of PMS, regulate heavy, frequent or lack of menses.
      It helps to improve fertility in cases where fertility is the result of hormonal imbalances.
      Vitex useful in treating peri menopausal and menopausal symptoms, in particular hot flashes, and menstrual irregularities such as flooding, clotting and irregular cycle. Post menopausal women who still feel cyclic mood swings can also benefit.
      Vitex should not be taken during pregnancy or with hormone therapy.
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      Flaxseed Oil

      There are quite a few different herbs that men can take to increase their fertility. One such herb which plays a role in promoting male fertility is flaxseed oil. The ingredients within flaxseed oil help to keep the sperm healthy and may also help with regard to male impotence. Flaxseed oil is a wonderful herbal supplement to consider taking when trying to promote fertility and achieve conception.

      Treat menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, female infertility and endometriosis. Because the hormone-balancing lignans and plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) in flaxseed oil help stabilize a woman's estrogen-progesterone ratio, they can have beneficial effects on the menstrual cycle, and relieve the hot flashes of perimenopause and menopause. Flaxseed oil may also improve uterine function and thus treat fertility problems. In addition, the essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil have been shown to block production of prostaglandins, hormonelike substances that, when released in excess amounts during menstruation, can cause the heavy bleeding associated with endometriosis.
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      Hormones for Fertility
      Progesterone Creams
      Modern science confirms that insight, as, of all female hormones, progesterone is the one most essential for conception and to the survival of the fertilized egg and the fetus throughout gestation.At Ovulation, progesterone levels rapidly rise from 2-3 mg/day to an average of 22-25 mg. per day, peaking as high as 30 mg/day. If fertilization does not occur in ten or twelve days, progesterone levels fall dramatically, triggering the shedding of the secretory endometrium (the menstrual cycle).If pregnancy does occur, however, progesterone production is taken over by the placenta which secretes an ever increasing supply, reaching 300-400 mg/day during the third trimester!

      Among the numerous Other Desirable Effects of Natural Progesterone are the following:

      Makes Possible the Survival of the Fertilized Egg
      Maintains the Secretory Endometrium which Feeds the Ovum & Resultant Embryo
      Progesterone Surge at Ovulation is the Source of Libido
      Inserted intravaginally it will help eliminate vaginal dryness due to menopause.
      Because Progesterone is essential to prevent the premature shedding of the supportive secretory endometrium, a significant drop in progesterone levels or blockade of progesterone receptor sites during the first 10 - 12 weeks of pregnancy may result in the loss of the embryo (Miscarriage).

  42. QUESTION:
    Essay on importance of health and medicine?
    Please answer quickly its very urgent

    • ANSWER:
      Medicine is considered as one of the most important necessity to all of us. It is derived from the Latin words ars medicina meaning "the art of healing". It is a branch of the health sciences and is the sector of public life concerned with maintaining or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, treatment and possible prevention of disease, injury and other damage to a body or mind.

      It is both an area of knowledge, a science of body system and their diseases and treatment. This branch of science encompasses treatment by drugs, diet, exercise and other nonsurgical means. It is also used to maintain our health. An agent such as drug is used to treat disease or injury. There are different types of medicine, we have herbal medicine, which came from different kinds of plants, medicines treat in hospital and etc. Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine, refers to use of any plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Long practiced outside of conventional medicine, herbalism is becoming more mainstreams as up-to-date analysis and research show their value in the treatment and prevention of disease. Some of us believe in herbal medicines, for it is pure came from plants and no other ingredients. Herbal medicine also uses for cough, fever, toothache and some other diseases that might catch from our environment. Herbalists treat many conditions such as asthma, eczema, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, and an irritable bowel syndrome among others. Plants had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. For most herbs, the specific ingredient that causes a therapeutic effect is not known. Whole herbs contain many ingredients and it is likely that they work together to produce the desired medicinal effect

      Some medicines may cause problems if you take them with other medicines. This is why it is important to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you are taking. And some medicines can cause problems, even if you take them correctly. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you think your medicine is making you feel worse. We take medicine to make us feel better when we are sick.

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  43. QUESTION:
    My ultrasound showed a 8.4 * 8.0 cm fibroid in the posterior wall of my uterus is this a big fibroid?
    My uterus is enlarged the size of 11.2 * 8.1cm, my ovaries are normal and also my kidneys could having this fibroid stop me from becoming pregnant PLEASE HELPPPPPPPPPPP PLEASEEEEEEEE could I have some response ASAP PLEASEEEEEEEEE thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Help for Women With Fibroids
      c. 2002 Susun S. Weed

      Wise Woman herbal and home remedies are simple, safe ways to help yourself when you have a diagnosis of uterine fibroids.

      Uterine fibroids are solid muscle tissue growths in the uterus. They are also called fibroid tumors, myomas, or leiomyomas. Fibroids occur so frequently (in up to half of all women over forty) that they could be considered a normal irregularity. The occasional fibroid can become enormous (medical literature reports one that was 100 pounds!), but the majority (80%) remain as small as a walnut.

      Fibroids are the number one reason American women have hysterectomies.

      The causes of uterine fibroids are unknown, but estrogens, especially estradiol, promote their growth. After menopause fibroids disappear. But because estrogen levels can rise during the early menopausal years, previously asymptomatic fibroids may grow in the years just before the cessation of menses, resulting in symptoms such as feeling of heaviness in the belly, low back pain, pain with vaginal penetration, urinary frequency or incontinence, bowel difficulties, or severe menstrual pain and flooding.

      Women of color are three to nine times more likely to have fibroids than white women, and theirs will grow more quickly.

      Fibroid tumors are not cancer, not malignant. Tumor means a swelling or a growth, not a malignancy, not cancer. Less than 0.1% of all uterine fibroids are malignant.

      Small fibroids often disappear spontaneously. Larger fibroids are more difficult to resolve, but not impossible to control with natural measures.

      • The “root chakra” (lowermost energy center in the body, which includes the uterus) said to store unexpressed anger. It is believed that any unwanted growths in these organs can be countered by allowing the anger to safely discharge.

      • One woman’s fibroids (and menstrual cramps) disappeared within three months of beginning a vigorous exercise program. Exercise helps insure regular ovulation, and irregular ovulation seems to worsen fibroids.

      • Consuming three or more servings of whole grains or beans daily not only reduces the size of fibroids but offers protection from breast and endometrial cancers as well.

      • Red clover flowers (Trifolium pratense), are one of my favorite infusions, but use during the menopausal years may increase difficulty with fibroids.

      • Strengthening the liver with herbs such as dandelion, milk thistle seed, or yellow dock root helps it metabolize estrogen out of the body, thus reducing fibroids.

      • Vitex or chasteberry tincture, 25-30 drops two to four times daily, often shrinks small fibroids within two months. But results come from long-term use — up to two years.

      • Ask someone to burn moxa over the area of the fibroid while you envision the heat releasing the treasures in your uterus. What is locked up in this fibroid? What can you give birth to?

      • Acupuncture treatments can shrink fibroids.

      • Poke root (Phytolacca americana), used internally as a tincture (1-10 drops per day; start small) and externally as a belly rub oil, has gained a reputation as a profound helper in relieving pain and distresses from fibroids. CAUTION: Poke is considered poisonous; it is not often found for sale. This is one remedy you may have to make yourself to try.

      • Warm castor oil packs on the belly, or ginger compresses (soak a towel in hot ginger water) relieve pain and help shrink the fibroids.

      • The use of progesterone to treat women with uterine fibroids is hotly debated. One side holds that fibroids are created by lack of progesterone. The other side makes, to my mind, the better case: that progesterone increases fibroids. Evidence? Fibroids increase in size during pregnancy, when progesterone production is high, and atrophy after menopause, when progesterone levels decrease. Whichever side is right, eating more whole grains and beans usually changes estrogen/progesterone ratio for the better and shrinks fibroids.

      • Reduce fibroids by reducing your exposure to estrogen: avoid birth control pills, ERT/HRT, estrogen-mimicing residues from herbicides and pesticides used on food crops (eat organically- raised products). Tampons that are bleached with chlorine may mimic the bad effects of estrogen, too.

      • Lupron (leuprolide acetate), a drug which induces “artificial menopause”by shutting down the body's production of estradiol causes a significant decrease in fibroid size within 8-12 weeks. Fibroids do regrow to about 90 percent of their original size when the drug is withdrawn however.

      • Major advances have been made in surgical treatments for women with fibroids. There are many options now besides hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), including hysteroscopic resection, uterine embolization, myomectomy, and suprecervical hysterectomy. Since these are fairly new procedures, take the time to find a surgeon who is skilled in the procedure.

      • Hysterectomy can be a life-saving procedure, but by the age of sixty, more than one-third of American women will have given up their wombs to the surgeons. The presence of non- symptomatic fibroids is never sufficient reason, to my mind, for a hysterectomy. Of my students and apprentices who have had hysterectomies because of fibroids, those who “did their homework” — that is, helped themselves before and after their surgery with all the tools at their disposal — seemed to fare much better than those who did not.

      • With very few exceptions, no woman is healthier without her ovaries. So, even if you elect a hysterectomy, keep your ovaries.

      These Wise Woman ways, and lots more, are in my book New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way, available from www.ashtreepublishing.com. They are arranged in order of risk: the safest first, the most dangerous last. If you have a uterine fibroid and it is a problem, begin with the mildest remedies first. Set a time limit for your use of any remedy, but, except in an emergency, don't go on to stronger remedies until you are sure the safer ones aren't effective for you. As with any advice, you are the best judge of what works for you.

  44. QUESTION:
    use of the herb called revandchini in unani medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Revandchini is rhubarb root.

      Rhubarb root contains lindleyin, a substance with estrogen-like properties. On this basis, extracts of rhubarb have been tried for control of menopausal symptoms . In a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 109 women with menopause-related problems, use of a standardized Rheum rhaponticum. extract significantly improved symptoms as compared to placebo. Improvements were particularly seen in rate and severity of hot flashes. While this is meaningful supporting evidence, additional independent trials will be necessary to establish this rhubarb extract as a safe and effective treatment for menopause.

      Other potential uses of rhubarb lack reliable supporting evidence.

      One human trial purportedly found evidence that rhubarb could reduce the impairment of lung function that may occur when people with lung cancer receive radiation therapy. However, this study suffered from a number of significant flaws, and its results cannot be regarded as reliable.

      In another human trial, this one using a cream containing sage and rhubarb, researchers failed to find more than modest benefits at most for the treatment of herpes.

      Additional proposed uses of rhubarb are supported only by test tube studies . For example, various rhubarb species have shown hints of potential value for treatment of diabetes , kidney disease, liver disease, allergies and pancreatitis. However, the vast majority of effects seen in test tube studies do not pan out when human trials are conducted.

      Principal Proposed Uses

      • Menopausal Symptoms
      Other Proposed Uses

      • Allergies, Cancer Treatment Support, Diabetes, Herpes (topical application) , Kidney disease, Liver disease, Pancreatitis.
      Dosage

      A typical dosage of rhubarb root is l/2 - l teaspoonful of the root boiled for 10 minutes in a cup of water, three times daily.

      In the menopause study mentioned above, a standardized extract was used. Such extracts should be used according to label instructions.

      Safety Issues

      As a widely consumed food, rhubarb is thought to be relatively safe if consumed in moderation. However, the plant contains high levels of oxalic acid, and rhubarb consumption can markedly increase oxalic acid levels in the urine. This could lead to increased risk of kidney stones , as well as other problems. Rhubarb leaf contains the highest oxalic acid content. The roots and stems contain less oxalic acid, but higher levels of anthraquinones, laxative substances similar to those found in senna or cascara. It is safest to use rhubarb standardized extracts processed to removed oxalic acid.

      Contrary to some reports, consumption of rhubarb probably does not impair calcium absorption.

      Very weak evidence hints that excessive consumption of rhubarb could increase risk of stomach and/or colon cancer.

      Maximum safe doses in pregnant or nursing women, young children, or people with severe liver or kidney disease have not been established.

  45. QUESTION:
    has anyone ever tried taking Dong Quai?
    i is an herb that claims provides relief from menstrual disorders such as cramps, irregular menstrual cycles, infrequent periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS),
    i have never taken an herb so i am a little weary

    • ANSWER:
      Don quai is second only to Ginseng and is considered the ultimate, all-purpose woman's tonic herb. It is used for almost every gynecological complaint from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal symptoms caused by hormonal changes.
      Dong quai is frequently used by the Chinese as a strengthening treatment for the heart, spleen, liver and kidneys. Both men and women use the herb as a general blood tonic.
      The herb has been found useful in balancing and treating many female systems and cycles. Dong quai's constituents can act to stimulate the central nervous system which can remedy weakness and headaches associated with menstrual disorders. It strengthens internal reproductive organs, helps with endometriosis and internal bleeding or bruising. It relieves menopausal conditions such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes.
      The herb has also been used as a blood purifier, to promote blood circulation and nourish the blood in both sexes. It is high in iron content and may help to prevent iron deficiency and anemia. Studies show that it can aid in regulating blood sugar and in lowering blood pressure.
      Dong quai has a mild sedative effect which can relieve stress and calms the nerves. It has also be used to stimulate the uterus during childbirth, treat insomnia, alleviate constipation and for migraine headaches.
      I am a Herb lover and i have tried Dong quai but shortly after stopped it because i decided to try Vitex which is more for irregularities in woman...Dong Quai is used mostly for woman going through menopause but it can help with female cycles..If your looking to just help with your cycles i would suggest red clover, vitex, red rasberry, or female toner...
      I hope i helped!

  46. QUESTION:
    Brahmi and vitex intract with each other?
    does brahmi and vitex agnus interact wih each other when taken simoltaniously

    • ANSWER:
      I think it would interact as both are herbs
      What is Vitex?

      Vitex is a plant found in Asia and in Mediterranean countries. The part used medicinally is the dried fruit. Other names for it include Vitex agnus castus, Agnus castus, chaste tree, and monk's pepper.

      Why People Use Vitex

      Vitex was used as a traditional folk remedy for a range of female conditions, such as post-partum hemorrhage and to help with the "passing of afterbirth". One of its alternate names, "chaste tree", comes from the historical belief that it can suppress libido.

      Vitex does not actually contain hormones. It appears to increase progesterone by stimulating the release of a hormone called luteinizing hormone from the pituitary gland. Vitex is also thought to normalize excessive prolactin levels and promote fertility.

      Female infertility
      PMS, especially breast tenderness, cramping, and headaches
      Acne, especially if it is related to the menstrual cycle
      Fibrocystic breast disease
      Heavy menstruation
      Menopausal symptoms
      Side Effects and Safety Concerns

      More common side effects include mild digestive upset or skin rash. Other side effects may include rapid heartbeat, hair loss, headache, dry mouth, nausea, rash, itching and bleeding between periods.

      Vitex is not recommended during pregnancy. It shouldn't be used by nursing women unless under the guidance of a qualified health professional.

      People with hormone dependent conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and cancers of the breast, ovaries, uterus or prostate shouldn't take vitex.

      Small amounts of vitex could increase the production of breast milk in post-partum women. High doses may have the opposite effect and decrease the production of breast milk.

      Vitex may affect levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. People with Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, or any other condition in which dopamine levels are affected should avoid vitex unless under the supervision of a qualified health professional.
      Possible Interactions

      Vitex may decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives or female hormone replacement. It could also theoretically increase the risk of side effects.

      Vitex could interfere with the effectiveness of drugs that increase dopamine, such as bromocriptine, cabergoline, carbidopa-levodopa, Mirapex or Requip, or decrease dopamine, such as chlorpromazine, clozapine (Clozaril), haloperidol (Haldol), metoclopramide (Reglan), Risperdal, Seroquel, thioridazine, trifluoperazine or Zyprexa.
      Good luck and God bless you

  47. QUESTION:
    Brahmi and vitex intract with each other?
    does brahmi and vitex agnus interact wih each other when taken simoltaniously

    • ANSWER:
      I think it would interact as both are herbs
      What is Vitex?

      Vitex is a plant found in Asia and in Mediterranean countries. The part used medicinally is the dried fruit. Other names for it include Vitex agnus castus, Agnus castus, chaste tree, and monk's pepper.

      Why People Use Vitex

      Vitex was used as a traditional folk remedy for a range of female conditions, such as post-partum hemorrhage and to help with the "passing of afterbirth". One of its alternate names, "chaste tree", comes from the historical belief that it can suppress libido.

      Vitex does not actually contain hormones. It appears to increase progesterone by stimulating the release of a hormone called luteinizing hormone from the pituitary gland. Vitex is also thought to normalize excessive prolactin levels and promote fertility.

      Female infertility
      PMS, especially breast tenderness, cramping, and headaches
      Acne, especially if it is related to the menstrual cycle
      Fibrocystic breast disease
      Heavy menstruation
      Menopausal symptoms
      Side Effects and Safety Concerns

      More common side effects include mild digestive upset or skin rash. Other side effects may include rapid heartbeat, hair loss, headache, dry mouth, nausea, rash, itching and bleeding between periods.

      Vitex is not recommended during pregnancy. It shouldn't be used by nursing women unless under the guidance of a qualified health professional.

      People with hormone dependent conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and cancers of the breast, ovaries, uterus or prostate shouldn't take vitex.

      Small amounts of vitex could increase the production of breast milk in post-partum women. High doses may have the opposite effect and decrease the production of breast milk.

      Vitex may affect levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. People with Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, or any other condition in which dopamine levels are affected should avoid vitex unless under the supervision of a qualified health professional.
      Possible Interactions

      Vitex may decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives or female hormone replacement. It could also theoretically increase the risk of side effects.

      Vitex could interfere with the effectiveness of drugs that increase dopamine, such as bromocriptine, cabergoline, carbidopa-levodopa, Mirapex or Requip, or decrease dopamine, such as chlorpromazine, clozapine (Clozaril), haloperidol (Haldol), metoclopramide (Reglan), Risperdal, Seroquel, thioridazine, trifluoperazine or Zyprexa.
      Good luck and God bless you

  48. QUESTION:
    help! I'm so sick of these night sweats and hot flashes.?
    how can i minimize these menopausal symptoms and sleep through the night once again?

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest all-natural Menopause Balance Complex and Menopause Balance Complex Cooling Lotion.

      The complex uses compounds found in plants called phytoestrogens to ease mood swings, sleeplessness, and hot flashes. Black cohosh is a clinically proven herb that helps relieve hot flashes.

      Contains a standardized extract of Black Cohosh as well as Soy Isoflavones and Flaxseed. Also contains a proprietary phytoestrogen blend of dong quai, red clover, and licorice. No aritificial colors, flavors, or synthetic preservatives.

      The lotion is a unique blend of natural ingredients that offers soothing relief and can help reduce the often dramatic sensation of skin temperature fluctuations.

      Contains a proprietary, synergistic blend of more than a dozen natural herbs including black cohosh, soy isoflavones, evening primrose extract, flaxseed, and jojoba seed oils.

      It's progesterone-free and may be used as often as needed without side effects. Pleasantly scented, and easy to use. Convenient size fits into most handbags.

      Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions or the website.

  49. QUESTION:
    what fertility supplements should i try? Please help me out !?
    If i go to CVS or a pharmacy, what would you recomend for trying to get pregnant? any other methods? please give any helpful advice! thanks ! Bless you all!

    • ANSWER:
      Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex) - Vitex is a PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and fertility herbal supplement. It is known to stimulate the release of LH and promote Ovulation. It has been known to bring on Ovulation sooner. It may help to restore or regulate periods. It helps to improve chances of conception. It can be purchased in tablet form, dried berry or tincture form. Side effects may include nausea, stomach upset, headache and/or allergic reaction.

      Dong Quai - Dong Quai is used for many gynecological problems. It has been shown to balance estrogen activity and has been used to help with endometriosis and menopausal conditions. It is a blood purifier and it promotes circulation. It is known to restore menstrual regularity. It regulates a weak uterus and regulates hormones and the menstrual cycle. Caution: It is not recommended during pregnancy or for people taking blood thinners or those who have clotting disorders. It is not to be used by diabetics.

      Red Clover Blossoms - Red Clover Blossoms are rich in estrogen-like compounds and may promote fertility in women who have low estrogen levels. It may also help to regulate hormone levels. Caution: Individuals on anticoagulants or antiplatelet therapy should not use this. It may also increase the risk of bleeding.

      Licorice - Licorice improves menstruation in women who have infrequent periods. It also helps women who have high testosterone and low estrogen levels, which is characteristic of PCOS. Licorice should not be used during pregnancy. Side effects can include increased blood pressure. Caution should be used if there is a history of stroke, glaucoma, high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, edema, heart disease, and severe menstrual problems. When taking licorice, blood pressure should be monitored and potassium intake should be increased.

      Siberian Ginseng - This herb improves overall health and vitality. It also regulates reproductive hormones. This herb may interfere with the absorption of Vitamin C. It should not be used in people taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet therapy. May interact with Warfarin. May induce mania if used with Phenelzine. May exacerbate seizures. Should not be used if you have Diabetes Mellitus. May interfere with Digoxin.

      Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) - EPO aids in the production of fertile quality cervical mucus. EPO also helps to alleviate signs and symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). Should only be taken from menstruation to ovulation because it can cause uterine contractions. Use caution if pregnant or lactating. Side effects may include headaches, nausea and/or diarrhea. Should not be used by people with Epilepsy or Schizophrenia.

      Black Cohosh - This is used widely as a uterine tonic, to restore suppressed menstruation. It is also used for aching of the ovaries, inflammation of the uterus or ovaries, infertility, threatened miscarriage and relief of menstrual or labor pains. The estrogen-like effects of Black Cohosh are controversial. Caution: the use of Black Cohosh may cause intermittent contractions of the uterus. Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and/or weight gain. Some reports show a few serious problems possibly resulting from Black Cohosh use including hepatic and circulatory conditions.

      Maca - Maca is used for infertility enhancement. Maca does not contain hormones, as many other supplements do, but it does help women to produce a natural balance of her own hormones. Maca promotes the production of LH (Lutenizing Hormone). LH causes ovulation. Maca has been shown to increase chances of conception. Maca may help with menstrual irregularities, female hormonal imbalances, menopause and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It has shown to increase energy and stamina, which is important while trying to conceive.

      Wild Yam - Wild Yam contains natural progesterone and may increase the production of progesterone. It is not recommended while pregnant or nursing. Wild Yam would be used during the second half of the cycle (the Luteal Phase) when progesterone is important for implantation to occur and to be maintained. Rarely one may have an allergic reaction that may include difficulty breathing, swelling and/or hives.

      Flax Seed Oil - Flax Seed Oil is one of nature’s greatest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fatty acid. It has shown to regulate steroid production, hormonal synthesis and nerve transmissions. It can help with infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome and irregular periods. Flax Seed Oil can spoil and should be kept refrigerated. Side effects may include diarrhea, gas and/or nausea. Should not be used with laxatives or stool softeners. People with inflammatory disease of the intestines, esophagus or stomach should use caution while using Flax Seed Oil.

      Red Raspberry Leaf - This herb is used as a uterine tonic. While this herb does not affect ovulation it does cause mild uterine contractions therefore toning the uterus. The m

  50. QUESTION:
    do you know of any herbs that kill your sex drive.?
    i am getting annoyed with having a high sex drive and not being able to release my frustrations so id there a herb i can take untill i can have sex again?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, Vitex also called chasteberry. (Chaste is an old fashioned word for abstinence).
      It's mainly a 'women's herb' for helping with menopausal symptoms however according to several sources it may also help men with reducing their sex drive. It's an herb and you can probably pick up a bottle for under in any health food store to give it a try.


what other herbs may help menopausal symptoms