More and more women are searching beyond modern medicine to an older, more holistic solution to managing their life cycles. Many women instinctively sense that changes in midlife are not a failure of our body, but a significant event that should be honored and valued. Many of the older traditions respect the changes our bodies experience throughout different life cycles. Synthetic Hormones (such as premarin and prempro) as well as bio-identical hormones are controversial. Both are “unnatural” in that they are given to the body at a time when the body would not naturally have such high levels or hormones. Both have long term implications on other areas of our body’s health and well being.
There are many holistic modalities that can assist a women in naturally working with symptoms that may be uncomfortable. Phytoestrogens are natural hormones that are found in more than 300 plants. Lingans, such as flax seed, have a significant impact in providing menopause symptom relief and menopause help, as well, according to ongoing studies. Weaker than human estrogens, phytoestrogens are beneficial in more ways as they attach themselves to the body’s estrogen receptors. If a woman’s estrogen level is low, phytoestrogens increase the body’s level; if it is high, phytoestrogens replace the stronger human estrogen which may have harmful effects. [Read more…]