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Try A Natural Approach to Menopause

Try A Natural Approach to Menopause

What is happening to me?

You feel your heart begin to race.  You experience some combination of sweating, nausea, dizziness, anxiety, headache, weakness, or a feeling of suffocation. A sudden, intense, hot feeling flushes your face and upper body and you begin to perspire, a little or a lot. You may feel a chill at the beginning of the episode or at the end.

If this sounds familiar to you, you are all too aware of the affect hot flashes can have on your lifestyle.  It is simply a change in hormonal production that acts as a passage to the second half of life, but it can also be the beginning of new energy and a deeper self awareness within.

Eighty-five percent of the women in the United States experience hot flashes as they approach menopause and often one or two years after their period stops.  Hot Flashes are the result of the hormonal changes that occur during menopause, but they can be dramatically affected by lifestyle and treatment choices.   The pituitary hormones begin to flow continuously at high levels and the ovarian hormones, estrogen, progesterone and androgen, begin to slow down.

A diminished level of estrogen has a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for controlling your appetite, sleep cycles, sex hormones, and body temperature.  A drop in estrogen confuses the hypothalamus and causes the brain to respond and alert the heart, blood vessels, and nervous system of overheating. The message is then transmitted by the chemical messengers, epinephrine, norepinephrine, prostaglandin and serotonin.

Under normal circumstances, this is how your body keeps you from overheating, but when the process is triggered by a drop in estrogen, the brain is confused.  Skin temperature can rise as much as six degrees centigrade during a hot flash. Your body cools down when it shouldn’t, and suddenly you are soaking wet with little or no warning.  Hot Flashes most commonly occur n the morning, and at night.   A sudden severe episode can be very frightening and may be misinterpreted as a heart attack.

For most women hot flashes are mild to moderate, but a small percentage of women experience hot flashes so severe, they seek medical attention to control them. The more rapid the transition to menopause, often after being medically induced, the stronger your symptoms may be. Other factors that may affect the severity include weight, fat to muscle ratio and smoking.

What can I do?

Always begin with the least aggressive and most natural approach when treating your menopausal symptoms.  Studies have shown that medication is not always helpful. Many doctors and pharmaceutical companies see menopause as a deficiency disease, instead of a passage of life.  So, it makes sense to them to view estrogen replacement as the only viable solution to restore vibrancy to menopausal and post menopausal women.   Aside from the misconceptions of this type of thinking, estrogen therapy is not known to be safe for women, particularly women with a history of breast cancer.

Here are some positive steps you can take:

Avoid Pressure: Allow more time to plan your day, as much as possible, around the time you normally experience hot flashes, and give yourself a chance to relax between commitments.
Avoid Mood Altering Substances: Alcohol, caffeine, diet pills, smoking can all contribute to more severe reactions during hot flashes.
Avoid Heated Situations: Hot or spicy food, hot tubs, saunas, hot showers, hot beds, hot rooms and excessive outdoor heat will intensify hot flashes.
Avoid Uncomfortable Clothing: Dress in layers to adjust to body temperature swings.  Wear breathable fabrics.
Exercise: It will reduce hot flashes, increase endorphin levels, help you sleep better, lower cholesterol levels, improve libido, minimize mood swings, improve self image and strengthen both skeletal and muscular systems.
Use Relaxation Methods: Breathing exercises, meditation, massage, hypnosis and yoga are all methods proven to reduce stress and the physical affect that stress can have on your body.
You Are What You Eat: Follow a low-fat diet and avoid processed foods to maintain a healthy weight for your body.
Use Natural Herbs: A mixture ofdon quai,  a female tonic, chasteberry, which regulates the female reproductive system and damiana, used as a tonic and female aphrodisiac may be beneficial when taken once a day, preferably mid day.  A common regimen would be to take these herbs until you no longer experience any hot flashes, and then begin to gradually reduce the dose and stop completely.  Other plant estrogens that women have found effective in treating hot flashes over the centuries can be found in ginseng/panax, evening primrose oil, licorice root, red raspberry leaves, sarsaparilla, spearmint, motherwort, black cohosh, and wild yam root. These herbal remedies, may be effective at reducing hot flashes.  However, their relative safety in women who have had breast cancer is not known.  Always use great caution when considering plant estrogens and always consult your doctor.

Menopause is one of life’s most natural processes, not a disorder.  All of the pressure of pregnancy, premenstrual and menstrual demands are gone.  And because women develop, sexually, much later in life than men, many say that after menopause, their sex lives actually improve. So, relax, prepare, listen to your body and enjoy the ride.

 

Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

What is happening to me?

You feel your heart begin to race.  You experience some combination of sweating, nausea, dizziness, anxiety, headache, weakness, or a feeling of suffocation. A sudden, intense, hot feeling flushes your face and upper body and you begin to perspire, a little or a lot. You may feel a chill at the beginning of the episode or at the end.

If this sounds familiar to you, you are all too aware of the affect hot flashes can have on your lifestyle.  It is simply a change in hormonal production that acts as a passage to the second half of life, but it can also be the beginning of new energy and a deeper self awareness within.

Eighty-five percent of the women in the United States experience hot flashes as they approach menopause and often one or two years after their period stops.  Hot Flashes are the result of the hormonal changes that occur during menopause, but they can be dramatically affected by lifestyle and treatment choices.   The pituitary hormones begin to flow continuously at high levels and the ovarian hormones, estrogen, progesterone and androgen, begin to slow down.

A diminished level of estrogen has a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for controlling your appetite, sleep cycles, sex hormones, and body temperature.  A drop in estrogen confuses the hypothalamus and causes the brain to respond and alert the heart, blood vessels, and nervous system of overheating. The message is then transmitted by the chemical messengers, epinephrine, norepinephrine, prostaglandin and serotonin.

Under normal circumstances, this is how your body keeps you from overheating, but when the process is triggered by a drop in estrogen, the brain is confused.  Skin temperature can rise as much as six degrees centigrade during a hot flash. Your body cools down when it shouldn’t, and suddenly you are soaking wet with little or no warning.  Hot Flashes most commonly occur n the morning, and at night.   A sudden severe episode can be very frightening and may be misinterpreted as a heart attack.

For most women hot flashes are mild to moderate, but a small percentage of women experience hot flashes so severe, they seek medical attention to control them. The more rapid the transition to menopause, often after being medically induced, the stronger your symptoms may be. Other factors that may affect the severity include weight, fat to muscle ratio and smoking.

What can I do?

Always begin with the least aggressive and most natural approach when treating your menopausal symptoms.  Studies have shown that medication is not always helpful. Many doctors and pharmaceutical companies see menopause as a deficiency disease, instead of a passage of life.  So, it makes sense to them to view estrogen replacement as the only viable solution to restore vibrancy to menopausal and post menopausal women.   Aside from the misconceptions of this type of thinking, estrogen therapy is not known to be safe for women, particularly women with a history of breast cancer.

Here are some positive steps you can take:

Avoid Pressure: Allow more time to plan your day, as much as possible, around the time you normally experience hot flashes, and give yourself a chance to relax between commitments.
Avoid Mood Altering Substances: Alcohol, caffeine, diet pills, smoking can all contribute to more severe reactions during hot flashes.
Avoid Heated Situations: Hot or spicy food, hot tubs, saunas, hot showers, hot beds, hot rooms and excessive outdoor heat will intensify hot flashes.
Avoid Uncomfortable Clothing: Dress in layers to adjust to body temperature swings.  Wear breathable fabrics
Exercise: It will reduce hot flashes, increase endorphin levels, help you sleep better, lower cholesterol levels, improve libido, minimize mood swings, improve self image and strengthen both skeletal and muscular systems.
Use Relaxation Methods: Breathing exercises, meditation, massage, hypnosis and yoga are all methods proven to reduce stress and the physical affect that stress can have on your body.
You Are What You Eat: Follow a low-fat diet and avoid processed foods to maintain a healthy weight for your body.
Use Natural Herbs: A mixture ofdon quai,  a female tonic, chasteberry, which regulates the female reproductive system and damiana, used as a tonic and female aphrodisiac may be beneficial when taken once a day, preferably mid day.  A common regimen would be to take these herbs until you no longer experience any hot flashes, and then begin to gradually reduce the dose and stop completely.  Other plant estrogens that women have found effective in treating hot flashes over the centuries can be found in ginseng, evening primrose oil, licorice root, red raspberry leaves, sarsaparilla, spearmint, motherwort, black cohosh, and wild yams. These herbal remedies, may be effective at reducing hot flashes.  However, their relative safety in women who have had breast cancer is not known. Always use great caution when considering plant estrogens and always consult your doctor.

Menopause is one of life’s most natural processes, not a disorder.  All of the pressure of pregnancy, premenstrual and menstrual demands are gone.  And because women develop, sexually, much later in life than men, many say that after menopause, their sex lives actually improve. So, relax, prepare, listen to your body and enjoy the ride.

 

Disclaimer: The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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Posted by Herbs For Me - July 31, 2011 at 5:00 am

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Hypothyroidism – an Ayurvedic Approach

Hypothyroidism – an Ayurvedic Approach

The narration of hypothyroidism in Ayurveda is same as that in the modern medicines. The condition caused by underactive thyroid gland which produces small amounts of the thyroid hormone and this can be caused by iodine deficiency or a failure of they thyroid gland due to pituitary gland malfunctioning.

The disease is often skipped for long time as the symptoms present in patients are not so dangerous and anyone may ignore it. Depressions, fatigue, hair loss, dry and cold skin are few of them those are ignored many times by the patient.

Hypothyroidism in Ayurveda is well described by the great physician named ‘Charaka’. He said that it does not attack those who consume adequate quantities of milk, old rice, barley, green grams, Bengal grams, sugarcane juice, cucumber and other milk products. These are the foods recommended in present cases also. Ayurveda says one should not consume sour substances as it may aggravate the diseased condition.

There are plenty of Ayurvedic herbs, prescribed for hypothyroidism. They regulate the thyroid hormone and restore its functionality. These herbs are under researches and many of them are proven to be very beneficial for treating thyroid conditions.

Ayurvedic herbs are generally well tolerated and free from side effects and this is the reason, Ayurveda is now one of the most famous health sciences that have drawn everybody’s attention. These herbs can also be considered as daily health supplements. Many of the herbs we can find in kitchen and rest of are readily available in the herbal/Ayurvedic store in various forms such as pills, tablets, capsules, decoctions, powder, extracts and natural juices.

Some of the herbs are described below those are still in practices as an Ayurvedic treatment;

Kaanchanara (Bauhinia veriegata) – This is known as purple mountain ebony and probably most powerful drug in Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia for treating any type of thyroid problems. This herb is available in the form of pill or tablet.

Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) – This is the drug that is used widely in present Ayurvedic practice. This is well known for its calorie burning properties and therefore used abundantly in reducing weight i.e. obesity. Hypothyroidism is closely related with obesity and therefore, this herb is extremely useful treating the condition. This is available in the form of tablet, pill and capsule.

Punarnava (boerhaavia diffusa Linn) – This herb falls in the category of diuretic. This is an excellent remedy for treating swelling or inflammation from all over the body. Since hypothyroidism has one of the symptoms of swelling and numbness all over the body, Punarnava can be very beneficial for treating such conditions. This is very good tonic and it can also be used for general health.

There are many formulas available to treat hypothyroidism Ayurveda always suggest patients to go for internal medication following strict diet as prescribed and advised by Ayurvedic physician. Any of the disease shakes up the three bodily humors called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Ayurvedic medicines and diet will restore these three humors and thus, eliminate the disease.

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Using Energy for Spiritual Healing – A Holistic Approach to Clear Pain and Suffering

Using Energy for Spiritual Healing – A Holistic Approach to Clear Pain and Suffering

How many of you have gotten sick when your doctor’s office was closed? Do you not agree that many times our bodies need attention either late at night, on the weekend, or during a vacation—all times when your doctor may be off-call? When a doctor is not easily available, is there an effective and easy way to ease your pain? Could it be that using the energy within you is helpful for spiritual healing? Might a holistic approach be beneficial to clear pain and suffering? 

Although I do not advocate ignoring the expertise and advice of a medical physician, I have found that working a holistic approach can enhance the benefits of a medical doctor. It has been my observation that for minor, non life-threatening afflictions, I have been able to reduce my pain significantly by adding a holistic method to clear pain and suffering. Using energy for spiritual healing can indeed be very beneficial. 

Whenever I have pain in my body, I immediately go into meditation, listening to any messages from my spirit. Sometimes my spirit instructs me to call the doctor immediately, regardless of the hour of the day or night. However, other times I realize that I have the ability to improve my pain level and amount of suffering all by myself. 

How, you might ask, do I accomplish this task? I use a simple process of flooding my body with light. Yes, I visualize a beam of light entering my body. As I do so, I direct the light towards the part of my body that is giving me pain. I picture the pain leaving my body and the cells repairing themselves. This simple process has been effective in alleviating my pain. 

I invite you to work this same process the next time you are having pain—use the energy within for your spiritual healing. After all, light is energy—the same energy of God and the universe, invisible in the physical realm, but available to all. A holistic approach to clear pain and suffering can be very effective. It is easy and it does not cost you money—only a small investment of time. Sometimes the easiest methods can prove the most beneficial. Why not allow the spirit of God to work His magic within you.

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