How Can A Naturopath Help You During Menopause?

24 April 2023
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Menopause can be a tough stage of life to navigate. Changes in hormone levels can make your body feel foreign. You have pains and discomfort you've never felt before. Your ability to control your body temperature may seem off, and mood swings are often a concern. While some women seek care from conventional physicians at this time, another option is to see a naturopath. These are doctors who, whenever possible, aim to use natural therapies over medications. They also treat the body as a whole, which can be a particularly wise approach when it comes to a systemic bodily change like menopause. So, what treatments might a naturopath recommend to help manage your menopause?

Herbal Remedies

There are several herbs that are thought to help balance hormone levels and ease the symptoms of low estrogen. These symptoms include hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, and even vaginal dryness. As such, taking just one or two therapeutic herbs can help ease an array of symptoms. Herbs that your naturopath may recommend include black cohosh, raspberry leaves, and kava. They may recommend capsules that contain a specific blend of these and other herbs. Or, they may advise you to make a tea out of a specific herb and consume it periodically throughout the day. It mostly depends on the severity of your symptoms and how much herbal medicine the naturopath thinks you need.

Dietary Changes

You are what you eat, and eating the "right" foods can make it easier for your body to adapt to the changes of menopause. A naturopath may have you keep a food diary for two or three days. They will then tell you which foods in that eating plan you should seek to avoid, going forward. They'll likely also tell you to add certain foods to your diet. For instance, they may recommend certain greens that are high in calcium in order to reduce your risk of osteoporosis, which is quite common in menopausal women.

Stress-Reduction Techniques

A lot of menopause symptoms cause women to stress, and stress also tends to make the symptoms worse. So, if you can break this loop by lowering stress levels, you will often feel a lot better. A naturopath may therefore recommend a stress-reduction technique such as yoga, meditation, or going for walks in the morning. 

If your menopause symptoms are getting to you, make an appointment with a naturopath for natural, body-centered relief.