Natural Hormone Replacement Side Effects

By Ezmeralda Lee

  • Overview

    Natural hormone replacement treatments and herbs have become popular alternatives to conventional treatments. Many women are afraid that the synthetic treatments and hormone replacements previously prescribed to them are worse than the symptoms of menopause and other hormone decreases. Some women are turning to alternative treatments for their symptoms. However, many of these remedies have not been tested or approved by the FDA. Many herbal and alternative treatments also have side effects that women should be aware of before taking any supplements.
  • Features

    Side effects of natural hormone replacement treatments are generally somewhat mild, but for someone with a severe medical condition, they can be very serious. It is important to be aware of side effects to alternative treatments to make informed decisions. Taking herbal supplements without being aware of the consequences is just as bad as taking a prescription medication without being aware of its side effects.
  • Rehmannia Six Formula

    The rehmannia six formula is designed to relieve kidney issues, as well as increase bone density and marrow to prevent osteoporosis. However, there are side effects to the formula as well. The main side effect is that the formula is somewhat unsettling to the stomach. It can cause indigestion and diarrhea in some people. People who suffer from those conditions should avoid the rehmannia six formula.

  • Black Cohosh Root

    Black cohosh root replaces hormones lost during menopause. It boosts estrogen levels in the body and helps with symptoms associated with low estrogen levels. Side effects include headaches, nausea, dizziness and abdominal pain. Most side effects were only reported after the subject had taken large doses of the root. However, the side effects of this root are some of the most severe for any of the natural hormone replacement herbs.
  • Dong Quai Root

    The dong quai root is supposed to boost the overall health of the female body. It is often taken in conjunction with other herbs and formulas to make them more effective. It helps regulate blood pressure and PMS symptoms. The side effects are generally mild, and sometimes include sensitivity to sunlight, creating a higher chance of obtaining sun burn or other skin rashes. This generally happens to very fair-skinned people.
  • Chaste Tree Berry

    The chaste tree berry contains the ingredient vitex. Vitex regulates the pituitary gland and the increased production of estrogen in the body. Vitex increases the hormone levels of the hormones responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle. Side effects can include minor skin rashes and upset stomach. However, these side effects were reported in less than 2 percent of the study cases.
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