Natural and Integrative Approaches For the Treatment of Menopause
Many women realize that drugs are not the only answer for a woman during menopause.
Diet, lifestyle changes, and Alternative Medicine have been proven for centuries
throughout the world to benefit a woman's overall health, even enhancing the effectiveness
of conventional medical treatment during menopause and into the later years.
Conventional and alternative medicine have same goal- to relieve a woman's discomfort
during the transitional years of menopause and help her to achieve optimal health during
menopause and into her later years of life. The differences between conventional and
alternative medicine begin with their approaches.
Conventional medicine often considers menopause as a hormone-deficiency disorder and
attempts to correct the imbalances that develop within a woman's hormonal system during
and after menopause.
The alternative medical approach focuses on strengthening the female body by
encouraging it to balance, regulate, and normalize itself during the transition to
menopause. Alternative treatments during menopause usually favor non-drug therapies.
They shift the emphasis from HRT to natural ways of encouraging the body to balance and
heal itself. They focus on dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle changes supplemented by
therapies such as acupuncture, herbs, and homeopathic remedies that have been shown to be
Specific dietary and nutritional changes with nutritional and herbal supplements have
been shown to alleviate the discomforts of menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, heart
palpitations, and vaginal dryness, as well as to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and heart
disease. Natural therapies avoid side effects and the risks of prescription hormone
Alternative treatments have been shown to enhance the effects of HRT by reducing dosage
requirements, thus alleviating the health risks associated with HRT or even eliminating
some side effects. In some women they have been shown to eliminate the need for HRT
altogether. Alternative Medicine tend to work very slow. So, it may take weeks or months
to see any effect. It also needs serious commitment on the part of the patient to stay
with the therapy.