Naturopathic Remedies for Menopause

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Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine that utilizes natural treatments to treat a variety of health problems. Naturopathic medicine is comprised of diet and lifestyle counseling as well as non-invasive treatments using herbs. Using all-natural treatments are perfect for women who are struggling with the usual symptoms of menopause. Below are the best naturopathic remedies for menopause:

Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is a type of medicinal plant that belongs to the family Ranunculaceae. This herb is a great remedy for hot flashes, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, as well as an after-treatment for painful birthing. This herb helps reduce hormone sensitivity. Black cohosh is also used in Naturopathy as a treatment for liver disorders. While some studies suggest that black cohosh mimics estrogen, there are lab tests that point to the contrary.

Red Clover

Red clover is an herbaceous type of flowering plant that belongs in the family Fabaceae.  This herb is traditionally used in Ayurveda as a treatment for inflammation, infections, and severe menopausal symptoms.

Red clover contains coumestrol. This is a type of phytoestrogen that counteracts cancer and blood disorders. In Naturopathy, red clover is used to treat common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, moodiness, and even vaginal dryness. It can prevent night sweats, palpitation and disturbed sleep.

Dong Quai

Dong Quai or female ginseng is derived from the root of the Angelica sinensis plant. Dong Quai has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for improving female health. According to Chinese medicine practitioners, this herb has the ability to increase blood circulation and trigger menstruation among females who do not experience menstrual periods at all. Dong Quai is also used to relieve menstrual cramps, hypertension, and headaches.  In menopausal women, Dong Quai is used to treat hot flashes, irritability, disturbed sleep, and depression.


Ginseng is a type of slow-growing plant with fleshy roots that are harvested for their medicinal uses. The root contains bioactive that stimulates cell repair and treat sexual disorders. Ginseng is an excellent remedy for insomnia and irritability in menopausal women as well as menstrual cramps and headaches in younger women.


Kawa is a herb that belongs to the Piperaceae family. This herb is often used as a supplemental treatment for hot flashes. This herb helps calm the nerves, ease stress and reduces bouts of insomnia. Kava is also used as a remedy for epilepsy, migraine headaches, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Although kava is without a doubt, an excellent treatment for common menopausal symptoms, it can cause liver damage. That’s why kava is banned in Switzerland, Germany, and Canada.

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil is an extract from the Oenothera plant. As a treatment for menopause, evening primrose oil helps ease nausea, diarrhea, insomnia and mood swings. It helps reduce hot flashes and night sweats too. However, this herb may interact with certain drugs that’s why patients who take anticoagulants or phenothiazines should refrain from taking evening primrose oil.


Flaxseed oil is derived from the flax plant. In Naturopathy, the oil helps boost the body’s hormone metabolism and reduce common menopausal symptoms. The oil contains lignin, which are modulators of the hormones.

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