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Linda Diane Feldt
NCTMB, Holistic Health Practitioner and Herbalist
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Herbal Allies for Menopause
Linda Diane Feldt, RPP,NCTMB, Herbalist, Holistic Health Practitioner
A Few Helpful Herbs - Please note that this is a very brief and basic listing of the herbs and their possible uses. I highly recommend consulting with an herbalist, and using additional books and resources before using particularly if you are interested in using more than one herb at a time.
Black Cohosh - Cimicifuga racemosa - tincture of root
Can be used as sedative, tonic, nourisher. Relieves menstrual pain, headaches, lowers blood pressure, blood thinner, stops urinary spasms, decrease hot flashes, supplies estrogenic sterols and glycosides as well as micronutrients that support your body in hormonal production. Should not be used with menstrual flooding, before surgery, during pregnancy, can cause headache and dizziness.
Wild Yam - Dioscorea villosa (and others) - tincture of root or infusion of root (6 hours)
May promote estrogenic activity, rich in phytosterols, promotes progesterone. Hormone balancing, for too frequent menstruation, helps spotting, cream helps prevent osteoporosis.
Dandelion - Taraxacum officinalis - all parts infused or tincture
Outstanding liver nourisher. Helps digestion, water retention.
Sage - Salvia officinalis (and others) - tincture or mild infusion of leaves
Helps end night sweats, hot flashes, has estrogenic effects, saponin help ease headache, nourishing for liver and stomach, discourages bacterial growth in bladder. Because of the strong essential oils, long term or excessive use may affect kidneys and liver.
Horsetail - Equisetum arvense - mild infusion of fresh spring plant
May help restore bone, or decrease bone loss. Use of late spring herb or strong infusion may contain excessive silica and harm kidneys.
Motherwort - Leonurus cardiaca - tincture of flowering plant
Re-establishes cycles both menstrual and cardiac. Can lesson hot flashes, irregular heart beat, use in acute situations or long term. Many women benefit from calming affects. May help with insomnia. Tones the heart and uterus. Helps periods to be regular.
Nettle - Urtica dioica (and others) - infusion of spring leaves and stalk
Outstanding source of calcium and iron, nourishes adrenals and kidneys.
Chaste Tree - Vitex agnus-castus - tincture of berries
Very slow acting, may take 1-2 months to be effective. Balance hormones, decrease fibroids and endometriosis, relieve cramps, helps post partum depression, decrease flooding, gently lowers estrogen levels and increases progesterone, helps spotting
Oatstraw - Avena sativa - infusion of green plant
Nourishing for entire hormonal system, rich in calcium, helps blood vessels become more elastic, helps with insomnia. May act as mild aphrodisiac and help with fertility.
Hawthorne - Crataegus - tincture of berries
Heart and uterine tonic. Long acting, may also decrease blood pressure.Herbs that need a second look before using - Dong Quai - Angelica sinensis, Evening Primrose - Oenothera biennis, Goldenseal - Hydrastis canadensis, Ginseng - Panax