Natural Treatments for Female Health Problems

Natural treatments for female health problems are not usually offered by your doctor. Hormone replacement therapy is usually what they presribe and with good reason. It's difficult to find an herbal remedy that is potent enough to take care of the problem.

But many women are reluctant to take hormone replacement therapy prescribed by their doctors for a variety of reasons. In my case, I know that I would like to try natural treatments that are available before I opt for HRT because pharmaceuticals are expensive, it�s not definite how they affect your health long term, and there are always risks of side effects. Most natural treatments for female health problems like symptoms of menopause and perimenopause (hot flashes,mood swings,night sweats) include black cohosh. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, preliminary evidence is encouraging that black cohosh is an effective alternative treatment for menopause symptoms.

There�s no clear understanding of how black cohosh works although studies have been done that show it �exhibits estrogenic activity� (it mimics estrogen). Estrogen is the hormone that decreases as women age and causes the discomfort of menopause.

Changes For Women - Herbal Menopause Relief

Early Menopause?

I recently had a hysterectomy where one of my ovaries was removed. This was a result of endometriosis ,a female health problem that is sometimes caused by too much estrogen.

My doctor said that usually when this happens, the remaining ovary produces enough estrogen to make up for the lost one. However, lately I�ve been having hot flashes and other symptoms that I�ve never had before. Frankly, I am too young to be going through menopause but I guess the hysterectomy has made that process move a little faster in my life.

I want a natural treatment because I want to avoid the unpleasant side effects of hormone replacement therapy.

Other natural remedies

I have tried other natural treatments for menopause that have black cohosh in them but I never really noticed a difference in how I feel. Sometimes the manufacturers will just put a trace of the herb in a product (that's all they're required to do by law) and the rest is filler.

Dong Quai Root is another ingredient used in Chinese medicine to relieve a host of gynecological problems from menstrual cycle problems to menopause symptoms that are a result of hormonal changes.

My doctor has also recommended Evening Primrose Oil for depression symptoms that come from hormonal changes.

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