by Candace Liccione
Menopause is not a disease. Don’t treat it accordingly. It’s only in the last 40 or so years that menopause became thought of as a disease. Back when we were young, it wasn’t talked about much as most women went through it smoothly. In today’s medical world, menopause has become something to treat with pharmaceuticals. In the past - for the past few thousand or more years - herbs were the go-to medicine.
Menopause is a completely natural time in each woman’s life. It is the time when women come into their power. It’s when the child-rearing time of life is over, and you are going into the next phase of your life. It’s time to do what you came here to do! This is a time of life to really get to know yourself, come into your power as a woman and as you. It is your time for solitude, perhaps some serious journaling, time for you to expand and explore, how about taking some classes and come together with other women who are in this same phase of life!
A good attitude toward menopause makes all the difference. I can see eyebrows lifting as I say this, but it is only since the beginning of TV advertising that makes us feel that we aren’t good enough, that aging is bad, that we must be fixed somehow, must be lifted, must be botoxed and feel we have to look like we are 20 again or at least 20 years younger!
Menopause is a time when you get really comfortable about who you are, acccept what you look like, how you feel and where you are going from here. You need to change your attitude towards menopause, welcome the changes and nourish your body when your body is in menopause.
Most of my information comes from Susun Weed, a well-known herbalist, whose books have to do with women’s issues. Her most famous book is New Menopausal Years – The Wise Woman Way. In her book, Susun shares her six steps of healing:
Step 0 - Do nothing – sleep, meditate, unplug the clock or the phone
Step 1 – Collect information – books, support groups, learn about menopause etc.
Step 2 – Engage the energy (prayer, homeopathic remedies, crying, visualizations, aromatherapy, color, laughter)
Step 3 – Nourish and tonify – herbal infusions, herbal tinctures, life style changes, exercise
(Note: Steps 0-3 are preventive medicine) try these steps first, then try steps 4 and 5a and only if these don’t work would you go on to step 5b and step 6). Currently most people start with pharmaceuticals and surgery first
Step 4 – Stimulate/Sedate – hot/cold water, many herbal tinctures, acupuncture, massage
Step 5a – Supplements
Step 5b – Use pharmaceuticals
Step 6 - Break and enter – fear, surgery, invasive diagnostic tests
Herbs for menopause are amazing. Here is just a partial list of herbs for menopausal issues:
If you have heavy bleeding, try strawberry leaves which I used when I first started menopause and it worked perfectly. You can also use lady’s mantle, vitex
Herbs to use for cramps – cramp bark, garden sage, motherwort (if you have no heavy bleeding)
Hormone balancing – alfalfa, hops, licorice root, red clover, sage, black cohosh
Hot flashes – chickweed, dandelion, fenugreek seed, elder flowers, yellow dock, oatstraw, hibiscus
Night sweats – oatstraw. Garden sage, ginseng, black cohosh co-haw-sh
Depression – St Johns wort, nettle, oatstraw, garden sage
Grief or crying jags – lemon balm, dong quai, passion flower, ginseng
The list goes on and on. There is an herb for every menopause symptom and they really work! Susun’s book has a chapter for each issue you might find in menopause. She gives you explanations about what is going on and what herbs or vitamins or natural foods will work for that issue. If you are entering menopause and want to deal with it naturally, go get a copy of this book as it is really amazing!
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