Menopause – Recent Advances in Treatment Options
A good number is women today are looking for alternatives for treatment of menopausal symptoms. There are great many risks associated with traditional therapies. This includes hormone replacement therapy, vaginal creams and progesterone injections; however those are not without their risks. The latest research indicates that these treatments may cause breast cancer, which has caused health care professionals to consider alternatives. However there is new hope that many natural remedies and therapies may be just as effective, and safer to use.
Natural supplements in the form of holistic medicine are great for relief of very common complaints such as hot flashes, fatigue, mood variations, anxiety, insomnia, foggy brain and joint pain. An uninformed woman may treat some of these symptoms individually, but if she spends the time to read the information available, she will know that all of these symptoms have one root cause: menopause. Knowing that, she can make an informed decision about how to treat this condition.
Every woman will have to follow a very personalized course of treatment based on her symptoms so some trial and error and also a consultation with a health professional is recommended from the many options available. Below is a list of suggestions based on the most common forms of alternative remedies for menopause.
The most economical and proactive treatment is managing your diet as early as possible. Excessive sugar and salt should be avoided, as should excessive intake of caffeine and alcohol. On the other hand, plant estrogens, also known as phytoestrogens, are a good alternative to hormone replacement therapy since they mimic the action of estrogen to some extent. Soy-based foods are the most efficient way to introduce phytoestrogens into your diet. Other beneficial foods include brown rice, cashews, almonds, oats, wheat and fresh fruits and vegetables. It is always a good idea to drink plenty of water to encourage good digestive health as well.
According to published research, red clover (isoflavone) supplements have been found to have a positive effect on the prevention of osteoporosis and improve cardiovascular health. It may also help to prevent breast cancer. The most surprising collateral benefit uncovered in the study was that it also seemed to alleviate the severity and frequency of hot flashes.
Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is otherwise known as “good” bacteria already found in our digestive system, have the distinct benefit of helping to utilize estrogen in our bodies, and the belief is that acidophilus also helps prevent infections of the vagina. These products are live cultures and are readily available in the refrigerated section of vitamin and health food markets in most areas. Certain vitamins and minerals provide specific benefits to women in the midst of menopause. Vitamin E helps control hot flashes; calcium citrate, magnesium (which will help with the absorption of calcium), and vitamin C all help decrease the fragility of the blood vessels. Vitamin D is still a good way to help prevent bone loss as well.
Acupuncture has long been suggested for menopausal symptoms having an excellent track record. In the Journal of Acupuncture and Medicine, acupuncture has been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood and a sense of well-being.