Natural Hormone Replacement Options

By Ezmeralda Lee

  • Overview

    With the side effects of prescription synthetic hormone replacement treatments under scrutiny in recent years, more women are turning to alternative treatments and natural supplements to rebuild their hormone systems. The field of natural hormone replacement is large, however, and it is hard to know which supplements and treatments to use. Before starting supplements, have a good idea of what each supplement does and how it will affect your body.
  • Function

    The purpose of natural hormone replacement is to allow menopausal women to naturally regain the hormone levels they had when they were younger. Many women are against taking synthetic hormones because of the side effects. Natural hormone replacement is a way to reduce the side effects of menopause without using synthetic hormones. This article lists several common ingredients found in natural hormone replacement medications.
  • Rehmannia Six Formula

    Rehmannia six formula is an ancient Chinese formula used since the 12th century. The Chinese explain it as a yin replacement and balancer. Rehmannia six aids the kidneys in eliminating toxins from the body. It is often used to combat hot flashes. Rehmannia six is also used to gain bone density and bone marrow. This formula is often used in conjunction with rehmannia eight, which is a compatible formula.

  • Black Cohosh Root

    Black cohosh root is one of the leading natural treatments for menopause symptoms and hormone replacement. When taken for 4 weeks or longer, it can help stop irregular bleeding, ease irritability and headaches associated with a woman's cycle and also increases vaginal lubrication. Taking black cohosh root decreases the levels of luteinizing hormone in a woman's body, which also relieves menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.
  • Evening Primrose Oil

    Evening primrose oil is a very popular hormone replacement supplement. It contains the fatty acid Gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is necessary for the control of PMS and menopause symptoms like cramping, irritability, mood swings and other symptoms. Evening primrose oil reduces hot flashes and also increases the production of serotonin in the body. Serotonin helps increase a person's mood. Evening primrose oil also helps treat dry skin conditions.
  • Warnings

    Natural hormone replacement is not necessarily all beneficial, however. Many of these supplements have side effects just like synthetic treatments. It is important to consult a doctor or other health professional before starting any supplement program. Some natural hormone replacements may interfere with prescription medications. Make sure to research any supplement thoroughly before purchasing. Some brands do not include as much of the herb as they claim to. Only purchase supplements from reliable sources. Your doctor may be able to refer you to a legitimate natural hormone replacement specialist.
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