Black Cohosh (Cimifuga racemosa)
Black Cohosh (Cimifuga racemosa) is a popular herbal remedy for women’s health problems such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual problems and menopausal symptoms.
Over 20 clinical trials have been completed spanning more than 40 years with over 3,000 subjects. In a recent clinical study, the majority of women taking Black Cohosh saw the following overall reductions in their menopausal symptoms: 56% reduction in 4 weeks, 65% reduction in 8 weeks, and 70% reduction in 12 weeks. This was 25% better than the response seen in women taking a placebo.
A well known 1982 study of over 600 women found 80% experienced relief from such symptoms as hot flashes, perspiration, irritability, heart palpitations and depression after taking 80 mg of Black Cohosh daily over six to eight weeks. Common emotional problems such as tearing depression and anxiety also responded favorably.
A 1998 study by the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut concluded Black Cohosh was a safe alternative to estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) for women where ERT is contraindicated or declined. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has recommended the use of Black Cohosh for menopausal symptoms such as sleep disturbances, mood swings and hot flashes.
Due to the possible estrogenic effects of Black Cohosh, women with a personal or family history of breast cancer may wish to avoid using Black Cohosh until further research delineates the effect on breast tissue.
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)
Dong Quai is an aromatic herb that grows in far eastern countries such as Korea and Japan. The reputation of Dong Quai is second only to Ginseng and is considered the ultimate, all-purpose woman’s herb. It is used for almost every gynecological complaint from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal symptoms caused by hormonal changes.
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 and helps with endometriosis and internal bleeding or bruising. It has been shown to help relieve menopausal conditions such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
Licorice is a traditional herbal remedy with an ancient history and world-wide usage. Modern research has shown it to have effects upon, amongst other organs, the endocrine system and liver. The triterpenes of Glycyrrhiza are metabolized in the body to molecules that have a similar structure to the adrenal cortex hormones and have been shown to help with menstrual and menopause problems and promote good hormonal, sexual and reproductive health.
Mexican Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa)
Nature has provided us with a valuable natural herbal medicine called Mexican Wild Yam, which has an active phytoestrogen ingredient called “diosgenin,” scientifically recognized to balance women’s menstrual cycles and reproductive hormones rather than causing extreme changes like HRT may cause in the body. It is believed that wild yam can stimulate the ovaries and help create a balance of progesterone to estrogen, making it a useful alternative to synthetic hormones for women who experience menopausal symptoms.
Users find symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, cramps, headaches, migraines and vaginal dryness eventually disappear without any side effects because the Mexican Wild Yam is an all natural plant derived from Mother Nature.
Diosgenin acts as a precursor and triggers the production of NATURAL progesterone in a woman’s body AFTER she applies the herbal cream to the skin and it affects estrogen levels. This suggests that it has the ability to “self-adjust” according to the body’s need. It balances the progesterone against the high levels of estrogen due to the environment (food, water, air).
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Red Clover is most often used to correct hormonal imbalances. The active component in Red Clover is believed to be a group of isoflavones called phytoestrogens, which suggest the components of Red Clover have an estrogen-like effect on the body.
A controlled trial related to natural remedies for menopause, performed at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vrije Universities Medical Centre in Amsterdam, produced some rather positive results. The study group experienced 44% less hot flashes than the group receiving a placebo, well above levels that qualify as a statistically significant difference. It can also help with cardiovascular health and bone loss associated with osteoporosis.
False Unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum)
Many herbalists recommend False Unicorn for reducing menopausal symptoms and treating ovarian cysts. It has also been used to normalize hormone levels. False Unicorn has been used to normalize irregular menstruation, vaginal discharge and hormonal adjustments that are part of menopause. False Unicorn Root helps regulate estrogen and can be used to tone the uterus and help the ovaries function properly.
Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)
Blessed Thistle is used to strengthen the heart and is useful in all remedies for lung, kidney and liver problems. It is also used as a brain food for stimulating memory. It is used in remedies for menopause and for menstrual cramping. It is often used by lactating women to stimulate blood flow to the mammary glands and increase the flow of milk.
We include Squaw Vine which has been shown to help in regulating menstruation. It may also be helpful for easing hot flashes and night sweats. Traditionally, Squaw Vine was used for many years by Native Americans for irregular menstruation.
Structurally similar to estrogen, soy isoflavones have the capacity to bind to empty estrogen receptors and relieve hormonally based symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes.
Red Raspberry has been used for hundreds of years to ease uterine pain, reduce inflammation, stop cramps, control heavy menstrual bleeding, reduce the risk of miscarriage, and promote a healthy pregnancy.
Sage Extract has been used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, and for its estrogenic effect.