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Any natural approaches to menopause?

Yes: Most women can manage their hot flashes with measures such as dressing in layers, sipping ice water, avoiding trigger foods such as alcohol & spicy food. Paced breathing has been shown in research studies to reduce intensity and duration of hot flashes: http://www.Cascadewomenshealth.Org/download/pdfs/healtheducation/menopausal%20management/paced-breathing.Pdf. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

A condition that occurs when a woman's estrogen levels start to decline, periods become irregular, and hot flashes may begin, accompanied by mood swings and other ...Read more


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Menopause relief naturally?

Menopause relief naturally?

Options: Black cohosh is an herb which may be beneficial for hot flashes, but which should be avoided if there is liver illness. The lignans in flaxseed and flaxseed oil may help night sweats/ to obtain the most benefit from flaxseed oil, it should be cold grinded. The plant Estrogens in red clover may be helpful with mild menopausal symptoms but may be contraindicated in a woman with either breast >>. ...Read more

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Menopause relief from remifemin?

Menopause relief from remifemin?

Hot flashes yes: Studies indicate that the active ingredient in remifemin - black cohosh- can reduce hot flashes by up to 50%. Remifemin is actually one of the best studied commercially available black cohosh remedies. This herbal med is safe for women who want or need to avoid estrogen- such as women who have had an estrogen dependent cancer. ...Read more

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Herbal supiment for hotflashes?

Herbal supiment for hotflashes?

Black cohosh: You may try black cohosh and/ or soy protein. You might also like to read other doctor's answers regarding menopause and its possible treatments by typing in the word "menopause" in the "ask the doctor" box on your home page. There have been helpful hints from other doctors already, which you might also like to read. ...Read more

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Are progesterone creams good menopause treatments?

Are progesterone creams good menopause treatments?

Not very good: In natural or surgical menopause (removal of both ovaries) the problem is lack of estrogen. Giving estrogen to women who have not had their uterus removed (hysterectomy) increases the risk of uterine cancer, so we give Progesterone or synthetic progestins to protect the uterus. Progesterone as skin cream is not enough to protect the uterus, but can reduce hot flashes and does not prevent bone loss. ...Read more

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Are any natural supplements good for menopause treatment?

Are any natural supplements good for menopause treatment?

Yes: Some women benefit from vegetable Estrogens such as soy, black cohosh, or evening primrose oil. There is no evidence that they are safer than prescription medications. If there is a history of breast cancer, there are other medications that can reduce hot flashes such as venlafaxine. ...Read more

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Are there natural treatments for my menopause symptoms?

Are there natural treatments for my menopause symptoms?

Partly effective: You may mean menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Some patients take otc products made from black cohosh or soy that sometimes help, if my patients really want to try this, i tell them to try estroven (red clover), but follow the instructions. These products are not fda approved or tested so you need to be careful, at least estroven has been around for awhile and seems safe. ...Read more

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Whar is the best homeopathic remedy for menapausal hot flashes?

Whar is the best homeopathic remedy for menapausal hot flashes?

Many possibilities: There are many homeopathic remedies that can help with hot flashes. To find the one most likely to help you, please see an experienced classical (single remedy at a time) homeopath who can explore your case. There are hundreds of possibilities -- and you could get discouraged with trial and error alone. Short article abstract here: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/18194760. ...Read more

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What are reliable, doctor-recommended herbal remedies for irregular periods?

What are reliable, doctor-recommended herbal remedies for irregular periods?

None that work : There are no proven herbal remedies that correct the hormonal imbalances that lead to irregular periods all there are many non fda approved or regulated herbal supplements making these claims. Schedule a visit for hormonal testing and to discuss options. ...Read more

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Could vitex black cohosh or dong quai regulate periods?

Could vitex black cohosh or dong quai regulate periods?

Not likely: Neither of these is likely to provide much help with cycle regulation. In fact dong quai can cause blood thinning making periods even worse. ...Read more

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Any natural, herbal or homeopathic treatment for ovarian cysts?

Any natural, herbal or homeopathic treatment for ovarian cysts?

"Natural: Cysts are, so make them you shall" yoda md if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome weight loss can help. For homeopathy i suggest http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=hmgibogu8q0 if having pain issues its probably not the cysts, stop caffiene and see a doc specializing in pelvic pain. ...Read more

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What are some natural herbal remedy for polycystic ovary syndrome?

What are some natural herbal remedy for polycystic ovary syndrome?

Natural not Natural: Most natural methods are not very natural. Taking plant hormones to control pcos is not advised. Anything you take that your body doesn't produce is not natural. Pcos is a complicated disease that requires accurate diagnosis and proper treatment not only for reproductive health but overall health. ...Read more

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Are natural cures for uterine fibroids effective?

Are natural cures for uterine fibroids effective?

Nutritional Rx: Fibroids are a result of high estrogen levels. High estrogen can be caused by excessive carbohydrate intake (via competetive inhibition of glucoronidase enzyme) therefore a low carb diet is beneficial to reduce estrogen and help shrink fibroids. You may also have low iodine, thyroid problems, low progesterone. All of these things should be evaluated. All phytoestrogens should be avoided. ...Read more

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What are some herbal supplements for premenopausal symptoms?

What are some herbal supplements for premenopausal symptoms?

Vitex, Dong quai &..: Many herbs are beneficial for menopause. Among my favorites are vitex agnus castus (chaste tree berries), dong quai, black cohosh, maca and pueraria mirifica. For more info see http://www.Holistic-online.Com/remedies/hrt/hrt_herbs_for_menopause.Htm and http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art00700/menopause-symptoms. ...Read more

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What natural cures are there to relive menopause symptoms like moodswings, bloating, confusion, and hot flashes?

Remedies: Black cohosh is an herb which may be beneficial for hot flashes, but which should be avoided if there is liver illness. The lignans in flaxseed and flaxseed oil may help night sweats/ to obtain the most benefit from flaxseed oil, it should be cold grinded. The plant Estrogens in red clover may be helpful with mild menopausal symptoms but may be contraindicated in a woman with either breast >>>. ...Read more

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Are there any effective herbal teas for female hormonal acne?

Are there any effective herbal teas for female hormonal acne?

Get a real Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength treatment. If you are offered the oral contraceptive pill, consider using it despite the modest risks -- there are also other health benefits. ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for hot flashes?

What are some natural remedies for hot flashes?

Many good remedies: There are many effective ways to reduce vasomotor symptoms (like hot flashes). Meditation, good diet, vitamin e, herbal remedies, medications, and hormonal treatments can all be used in specific cases. Talk to a women's health specialist. ...Read more

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Black cohosh or bio-identical estrogen/progesterone cream to help balance hormones in perimenopause?

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Black cohosh or bio-identical estrogen/progesterone cream to help balance hormones in perimenopause?

No data.: Bio-identical hormones is a topic vastly argued in our field. As it stands now, you should be cautious using bio-identical hormones because there is no control over how they are mixed and produced, and there is no data about what is a safe and efficacious formulation and dosage. Speak with your doctor about this for a more in depth conversation and to determine if it is actually needed for you. ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Medicinal Herbs (Definition)

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