Getting past that age when your body starts to change and your periods stop can be a trying time for any woman. However, with the right practices it doesn’t have to be as difficult. Natural herbal treatments and holistic remedies, as well as yoga and acupuncture can be of great help if used properly.
A Word About Herbs and Natural Remedies
According to Menopause.org, there are numerous natural remedies you can try for dealing with premenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep-related problems and mood changes. However, even if rare herbs like Black Cohosh or Dong Quai can work, there are some concerns about potential side effects such as bleeding complications and clotting for women who take drugs like warfarin.
As a result, it’s important to choose the right herbs and supplements, and listen to recommendations from experts in this regard:
- Never choose supplements from a source you don’t trust.
- Talk to your doctor before adding any herbal supplement or concoction to your diet that could give you any unwanted side effects.
- Make sure to ask if the natural treatment you choose would involve any complications related to other drugs and treatments you might be using.
- Make sure you choose healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Natural supplements are not a replacement for a healthy diet, and should never be regarded as such.
Yoga and Holistic Treatments
Progressive relaxation and deep breathing can be of help when it comes to dealing with the symptoms of menopause, according to the experts at prevention.com. Balancing the stress hormone norepinephrine through progressive muscle relaxation exercises has been found to relieve hot flashes without much difficulty.
Also, if you’re a fan of yoga, you can definitely try out a few poses that have been known to counter these symptoms. A study involving 14 postmenopausal women experiencing varying degrees of hot flashes has revealed that taking a weekly 90-minute restorative yoga class can diminish the severity of hot flashes by up to 1/3 on average.