Many women going through menopause do not require treatment, as they experience few symptoms. However, if menopausal symptoms affect quality of life, a number of natural, herb-based remedies can be considered.
This page provides you with information on how you can use herbs to treat menopausal symptoms. It is intended as a guide—if you are worried about your health or suffer severe symptoms, you should consult your doctor.
Many symptoms of menopause can also be addressed with tweaks to your diet or lifestyle. For more information, see our page on Tips for a Healthy Menopause.
Sage, or Salvia officinalis, is well known as a kitchen or culinary herb. It is traditionally used as a stuffing for roasts, but it also has another long-standing use as a herb to help combat excessive sweating during menopause.
Sage is rich in essential oils and this is the reason it gives off a strong scent. These oils also form an important part in the plant’s medicinal function. Today, sage extracts are well known and widely used for their ability to help relieve the symptoms of menopausal sweats and hot flashes.
Find out more about using sage tablets as a treatment for hot flashes and night sweats. In addition, lifestyle adjustments can also be useful for these menopause symptoms. See our pages on hot flashes and night sweats for more information.
St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is another popular herb. It is said that the name of the plant is derived from the fact that it is in full bloom and traditionally harvested on St. John’s day, June 24.
Much is now known about how St. John’s wort helps treat symptoms of low mood and anxiety, especially during menopause. One of the key active ingredients, a substance known as hypericin, was discovered many years ago. Since then, other plant substances such as hyperforin have also been known to contribute to the action of the herb.
Find out more about using St. John’s wort tablets as a treatment for low mood.
The part of the valerian plant that is used medicinally is the root. Valeriana officinalis has been used for many decades to treat stress and anxiety. As it settles the mind and relaxes the body, it is also used to aid sleep.
During menopause, sleep is often disturbed due to night sweats. Menopause itself, however, can also lead to sleep difficulties. If the reason you are sleeping poorly is because of night sweats, sage will be the right choice for you.
If your sleep is disturbed for other reasons, you should consider a valerian-based product. Find out more about Deep Sleep as a treatment for disturbed sleep.
In addition, valerian can be found in products designed for stress relief. Find out more about valerian for stress relief.
Many people are familiar with the use of homeopathic arnica for bruising. However, when used as a herbal rub, arnica applied externally has pain relieving properties and helps aching muscles and stiff joints.
Arnica (Arnica montana or Mountain arnica) is found in hills and mountains all over Central Europe. However, such has been the popularity of the herb over the past decades that it is now a protected species in many countries.
Arnica is now cultivated in specific parts of Europe where the soil conditions are right. Find out more about using arnica as a treatment for pain relief.
Devil’s claw gets its name from the claw-like fruit produced by the plant, though it is not the fruit, but rather the root of devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) that is used medicinally.
The plant grows almost exclusively in the Kalahari desert. It is widely used as a herbal remedy to relieve joint and muscle pain, as well as back pain.
For women suffering from menopausal pains in muscles and joints, devil's claw is ideal for those who find that arnica does not provide sufficient relief for their painful muscles and stiff joints.
Find out more about A.Vogel Joint Pain Relief as a menopausal treatment for painful joints.
Kelp, or seaweed, is a group of plants known as brown algae. Although its name is a bit dull, this group of plants has very specific and versatile properties.
Kelp contains iodine—a substance important for normal thyroid function, which, in turn, helps the body maintain a healthy weight and vitality.
Seaweed has been used as a food in many cultures and in healthcare for centuries. Apart from its use to maintain thyroid function, kelp has also been used to help maintain normal growth and lustre of hair.
Find out more about kelp as a treatment to help maintain a normal, healthy weight.
A Ginkgo biloba tree is said to have survived the bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. This resilience has not gone unnoticed by those who believe that ginkgo is among our most valuable herbs when one is getting a bit long in the tooth.
Ginkgo is one of most researched herbs and, as such, we know that it helps maintain normal blood circulation, especially to the brain. This helps with concentration and memory. In fact, one of the common names for ginkgo in Chinese is “The Memory Tree”.
Find out more about Ginkgo biloba as a treatment for poor memory.
Millet is used as a food in many cultures, such as the Hunzakuts living in Pakistan's mountainous Hunza Valley, a people known for their luxuriant hair.
Millet is a good source of silicon—an essential trace element important for improving the strength and structure of hair. It also contains proteins that are important in providing keratin, of which our hair, skin and nails are made.
Find out more about millet and A.Vogel Hair, Skin & Nails as a treatment for hair.