During menopause, a woman's body produces less estrogen. This can cause changes that occur slowly over time. Some women find these changes uncomfortable.
Treatment with hormone therapy (HT) may relieve some symptoms of menopause, but also poses some health risks. Women also may use herbal products. Some herbal products may be helpful in the short-term treatment of symptoms, whereas others are not. Still others may cause harm.
For some women, using herbs can help relieve symptoms of menopause.
What Is Herbal Medicine?
Healers have been using herbs as medicine for thousands of years. Many drugs we use today come from plants. Some drugs that are now manmade first came from plants. Herbal treatments also come from plants and can be given in many forms.
Some doctors may suggest herbal treatments in addition to conventional treatments or drugs prescribed. Herbal treatments also may be used by other professions:
Some people think of herbal medicine as being more "natural." They may think natural means safer and better. But natural things can hurt you too. Just because something is natural does not mean it is good for you.
Herbal products may interact with drugs prescribed by your doctor and cause problems. It also can be hard to know how safe a product is because herbs are not tested the same way as drugs are tested. Because of these factors, women who use herbal products for relief of menopause symptoms should consult their doctors.