Every day women experience the many unpleasant symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes, excessive sweating and night sweats. The good news is there are alternative medicines available to help elevate these symptoms without having to resort to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which has been linked to an increase in the development of breast cancer and heart disease.
Sage is most widely known as a cooking ingredient, but do you know about its health benefits? It’s known for its natural antiseptic, preservative and bacteria-killing abilities and has a reputation for alleviating sinus infections, improving cognitive performance, and for use as a general tonic that benefits the nervous system and enhances the mind. However, its most common use is for symptoms of the menopause.
A Switzerland study on sage involving 71 patients averaging around 56 years old who were menopausal for at least one year and experiencing at least five hot flashes a day showed extremely promising results. Each was treated with a once-per-day tablet of fresh sage for 8 weeks and all levels of hot flushes (mild, moderate and severe) were reported to have decreased by between 50%-100% over the 8 weeks.
Swedish bitters is great for treating a range of different ailments including indigestion, bloating, flatulence, constipation and lack of appetite. It can be gargled for the relief of sore throats and toothache and contains Black cohosh which has been used for centuries in herbal medicine to relieve premenstrual symptoms and menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, sweating, sleeping disorders and nervous tension.
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