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The female reproductive time of life begins at adolescence in the early teens and continues until the end of the menopause in the mid or late forties. Most women during their reproductive period have a regular monthly cycle, usually occurring every four weeks except during pregnancy.
In the middle or late forties, many women suddenly become aware of increased nervous tension, menstrual disturbances, hot flashes, chilly feelings, excitability, easy fatigue, depression, crying spells, sleeplessness, palpitation, dizziness, headaches, numbness and tingling and other annoying symptoms. A woman experiencing these symptoms feel miserable through no fault of her own. This entire problem arises due to the non-production of the estrogen hormone from the ovaries.

This natural phenomenon in life starts many years before menopause symptoms actually begin to show. Hormone levels can fluctuate for several years before eventually becoming so low that the endometrium becomes thin and does not bleed. Normally the ovaries start to slow the production of hormones like estrogen, testosterone and progesterone.
Low estrogen levels may also lead to changes in collagen production, affecting hair, nails, skin and tendons. The skin may become dryer, thinner, less elastic; more prone to bruising and skin itching may occur.

Anything that interferes with the normal functions of the ovaries may bring on these problems. If the ovaries have to be removed by surgery because of some disease, the same thing will occur soon after the operation. Menopause is not a disease. It is a natural process in a woman's life. It depends on a woman how she views this time of her life. This can have a lot to do with how frequent and severe her symptoms are. If menopause is viewed, as the end of youth and sexuality, this time will be much more difficult than if it is viewed as the next, natural phase of life. With a proper diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise, most of the unpleasant side effects of menopause can be minimized, if not eliminated.

The average age of the natural menopause is 51 years, but can occur much earlier or later. Menopause occurring before the age of 45 is called early menopause and before the age of 40 is premature menopause. Perimenopause is the stage from the beginning of menopausal symptoms to the post menopause.
Post menopause is the time following the last period, and is usually defined as more than 12 months with no periods in someone with intact ovaries, or immediately following surgery if the ovaries have been removed.

HOME REMEDIES FOR MENOPAUSE

Drink 8 glasses of steam-distilled water daily.

Take 800 mg. of evening primrose oil, three times a day.

Vitamin E is also found to be effective in fighting the low levels of estrogen. Take 300 IU. of vitamin E a day.

Take 2 teaspoons of cohosh root tincture, 1 teaspoon of don quai root tincture, 1 teaspoon of sarsaparilla tincture, 1 teaspoon of licorice root tincture, 1 teaspoon of chaste tree tincture, 1-teaspoon ginseng root tincture. Mix all the ingredients and take 3 dropperfuls a day.

Take 1 ounce of almond oil, 2 drops of geranium essential oil, one capsule of 1,000 IU of Vitamin E. Mix all the ingredients and apply inside and outside the vagina twice a day to prevent dryness.

Perform daily physical exercise, which reduces estrogen production and stress, and also reduces stagnation. It promotes a healthy circulatory system and activates the liver.

Learn to relax and reduce stress. Relaxation opens up blood vessels and relaxes different organs.

Perform cleansing and strengthening of the liver in order to eliminate estrogen more efficiently.

Avoid or minimize estrogen-containing foods or herbs. Foods that weaken the liver or kidneys should also be avoided.

The combination of Chinese Bitters (taken before breakfast) and Fem-Mate (taken at bedtime) is very helpful for alleviating hot flashes.

Any woman experiencing disturbing symptoms during menopause should supplement her daily diet with 1,000 units of natural vitamin D, 500 mg of magnesium, and obtain 2 gm of calcium daily, which can be supplied by one litre of milk.

Beet juice has been found very useful in menopausal disorders. It should be taken in small quantities of 60 to 90 ml at a time, thrice a day.

A teaspoon of the carrot seeds should be boiled in a glass of cow's milk for about ten minutes and taken daily as medicine in the treatment of this condition.

One teaspoon of the liquorice powder should be taken daily. It helps to combat with the deficiency of the estrogen.

The herb Indian spikenard is another valuable remedy for certain disturbances due to menopause. It should be given in small doses of 2 gm daily

Diet during the menopause should comprise of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits, with emphasis on vitamin E-rich foods, raw and sprouted seeds and nuts, unpasturised high-quality milk, and homemade cottage cheese. An abundance of raw, organically grown fruits and vegetables should be included in the diet. Plenty of freshly made juices of fruits and vegetables in season should be added.

All processed, refined, and denatured foods should be avoided.

Avoid mental and emotional stresses and worries, especially worry about getting old; sufficient sleep and relaxation is essential.

BLACK COHOSH
SYMPTOM: Hot Flashes, Night Sweats
Benefit: Black cohosh is derived from a species of buttercup. Studies have had mixed results on whether black cohosh is effective in reducing hot flashes. Some studies indicate it may help with mild hot flashes and night sweats for short-term treatment. May lower blood pressure as well. In rare cases, hepatitis has been reported.

Evening primrose oil, black currant oil or borage oil contain gamma-linoleic acid which helps induce hormonal activity and reduces platelet aggregation, which can contribute to blocked arteries. In addition, evening primrose oil helps relieve hot flashes and may reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.

Raspberry leaf tea has traditionally been used as a woman's herb to control heavy menstrual bleeding, reduce the risk of miscarriage, and promote a healthy pregnancy. A folk remedy for minor mouth sores is to gargle with raspberry leaf tea. The Chinese traditionally used raspberry leaves for diarrhea, stomach ailments, muscle pain, and other conditions. Raspberry has also been recognized as a topical remedy for use on burns and wounds.

Chamomile is a popular folk remedy for digestive problems, fever, menstrual discomfort, stomachache, and anxiety. It is used to treat insomnia in children because it is a very mild relaxant and has a pleasant taste.
The cosmetic uses of chamomile date back at least 2,000 years, when hieroglyphic evidence indicates that Egyptian noblewomen used crushed petal preparations on their skin. Chamomile is also a traditional topical treatment for cuts and scrapes, sore muscles, rashes, and burns.
• Chamomile improves tissue regeneration, reduces inflammation and encourages the healing of wounds.
• Chamomile teas and extracts are widely used for relaxation.

SOY
SYMPTOM: Hot Flashes, Night Sweats
Benefit: Soy has isoflavones, which are phytoestrogens (plant estrogens). Some studies have shown that soy be effective in reducing menopausal symptoms. It also may lower cholesterol. Only food forms of soy, like tofu and soy milk, are recommended. Soy in tablet or powder form is not advised.

FLAXSEED, GROUND OR OIL
SYMPTOM: Hot Flashes
Benefit: Flaxseed has omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, which act as phytoestrogens. Results from studies have been mixed, but it may help symptoms in some women. It is also believed to help with blood cholesterol. Avoid whole flaxseed because it is difficult to digest.

VITAMIN E
SYMPTOM: Vaginal Dryness, Hot Flashes
Benefit: Vitamin E oil applied to the vagina helps improve lubrication and may also reduce hot flashes.

YOGA, AEROBIC EXERCISE, DEEP BREATHING
SYMPTOM: Mood Swings, Sleep Disruption
Benefit: Exercise and meditation reduce irritability, even hot flashes, in some women. Yoga combines both. Exercise also helps most people sleep better.

COLD BEVERAGES
SYMPTOM: Hot Flashes, Night Sweats
Benefit: Cold drinks help you feel cooler. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which are diuretics that encourage dehydration. Try cold water or fruit juices with antioxidant vitamins.

Dietary or herbal supplements may have side effects or interactions with each other or with other drugs. Some may be unsafe to take due to certain medical conditions. Consult with your doctor prior to using them.