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Herbal Remedies and the Menopause

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies have played a major part in the treatment of all sorts of ailments and conditions since the mists of time.

We’d be the first to agree that modern medicine has moved us on enormously and enabled us to cure and alleviate the symptoms of all sorts of illnesses that were previously impossible to resolve.

Whilst I was looking into alternative treatments for the effects of my Menopause I was struck by the number of herbal remedies on the market, and the number of individuals I came across in blogs and chatrooms who felt that natural remedies had worked for them.

We’re not experts, but it seems that for something so long term and gradual as the Perimenopause some of these more gentle natural remedies could well work effectively.

Generally speaking it seems that most of the “hard” medical research undertaken into herbal remedies suggests that they have some effect but find it difficult to explain the mechanism by which this takes place. A good place to look if you want more information is The US National Institute of Health web site.

In the survey we undertook of those respondents who were using any sort of medication, including herbal remedies, 25% were currently using either HRT alone, or HRT alongside herbal remedies, and the remainder were using herbal remedies alone.

So it seems that, as with most things, it’s “horses for courses”.

General Advice about Herbal Remedies

This is the advice relating to Herbal Remedies produced by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (part of the UK Department of Health).

  • Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they should be used with care.
  • Any medicine – herbal or otherwise – has the potential to have adverse effects.
  • Before you take any herbal medicine you need to be sure it is the correct product for you.
  • Remember that natural does not mean safe. Many plants can be poisonous to humans. Many pharmaceutical medicines have been developed from plants because of the powerful compounds they contain.
  • Herbal remedies can interact with other medicines. This could result in the other medicines having reduced or enhanced effects, including side-effects. When consulting your doctor or pharmacist about your health always tell them about any herbal medicines you are taking.
  • As with all medicines, keep herbal medicines out of the sight and reach of children.