Natural Herbs for Hormone Replacement

By Wendy Melton

  • Overview

    When women began finding out the drawbacks to conventional hormone replacement therapy, they began to look for natural, healthier alternatives. There are many herbs that fit the bill quite nicely. They can help with everything from moodiness to hot flashes to cramps. All you have to do is figure out which ones will work the best for you.
  • Wild Yam

    Wild yam is one of the leading herbs when it comes to dealing with symptoms of menopause. It is one of the main ingredients in the topical creams that are being marketed for hot flashes. It has been used to help regulate the menstrual cycle and to alleviate some of the symptoms of PMS. Wild yam is used in several herbal combinations that are geared toward increasing a woman's sex drive. It has few side effects and is very easy to find at your local health food store.
  • Damiana

    Damiana has been used in China for centuries to help women deal with several of the issues that are associated with the feminine reproductive system. It's partner is Dong quai, which helps with the male libido. Damiana is used to balance feminine hormones and to bring oxygen to the reproductive organs. Because it improves the flow of oxygen to the area, it strengthens the uterus and surrounding structures and allows for stronger contractions.

  • Soy Products

    Soy is an excellent source of plant estrogen and is used as a base for many herbal lotions and creams that are manufactured for women. Taken internally, they provide an adequate amount of nutrients as well as the plant hormones that work so well in the human body. Soy is easily assimilated by the body and is usually well tolerated. There are some people who are allergic to soy, so you may want to consult with a physician to find out what your risks are.
  • Black and Blue Cohosh

    Black and blue cohosh are two well known women's herbs. They are used to stimulate the uterus and to control menstrual periods. Do not use either black or blue cohosh while you are pregnant or if you are trying to become pregnant. They are known abortifacients and can cause a miscarriage or even premature labor. Consult a qualified natural health practitioner or you family doctor if you have any questions.
  • Red Raspberry

    Red Raspberry taken in tea or capsule form is known to reduce the amount of blood loss during the birthing process and also to relieve cramps and reduce bleeding during periods. This must be used in moderation. Consuming large amounts of the tea will cause monthly periods to stop. Every woman is different, so you will have to find out how much you need with some trial and error. The rule of thumb is a half a cup of tea a day for the week prior to your period. This is supposed to reduce cramps and slow down overly heavy flow.
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