Top 5 Herbs to Ease Menopause Symptoms

Menopause symptoms: not just hot flashes

Hormone levels can fluctuate dramatically leading up to menopause, taking you on a hormonal rollercoaster ride and causing unpredictable menopause symptoms, such as:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety or Mood Swings

Can a handful of herbals ease the symptoms?

Black Cohosh

Actaea racemosa, better known as black cohosh, is an indigenous herb in North America, with a rich history of medicinal use among Native Americans. Black cohosh is believed to relieve menopause symptoms by interacting with serotonin and dopamine pathways in the brain. [1] A clinical study found that 91% of female participants who took a black cohosh extract standardized to 2.5% triterpenes experienced significant relief from menopausal symptoms after 12 weeks. Symptoms included hot flashes, numbness in limbs, problems sleeping, nervousness, fatigue, headache, depression, and heart palpitations.[2]

Chasteberry

A native plant of the Mediterranean region, chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus) is a botanical extract that may help reduce menopause symptoms through interaction with estrogenic and progestrogenic receptors in the body.  Specifically, studies suggest that chasteberry may help balance hormones by increasing blood levels of progesterone and estrogen, while decreasing luteinizing hormone and prolactin.[3]

Dong Quai

Dong quai has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to treat menopause symptoms. Blood flow is thought to slow down during menopause, leading to poor circulation and fatigue. In traditional Chinese medicine, dong quai is thought to relieve these symptoms by invigorating and tonifying the blood.

Gamma Oryzanol

Gamma oryzanol, an antioxidant from rice bran oil, reduces symptoms of menpause and increases HDL or “good” cholesterol. [4]

Hesperidin

Hesperidin, an antioxidant metabolite from citrus fruit, along with vitamin C, can reduce the hot flashes and night sweats (known as vasomotor symptoms).  [5]

Counteract the symptoms of menopause

Menopause Formula provides a combination of five phytonutrients that can help counteract the symptoms of menopause.


[1] Fritz et al. (2014). Black Cohosh and Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review. Integr Cancer Ther,13(1), 12-29.
[2] Ruhlen et al. (2007). Black cohosh does not exert an estrogenic effect on the breast. Nutrition and Cancer,
59(2), 269-277.

[3] Hajirahimkhan et al. (2013). Botanical modulation of menopausal symptoms: Mechanisms of action? Planta Medica,79, 538-553.
[4] Ishihara et al. (1982). [Clinical effect of gamma-oryzanol on climacteric disturbance-on serum lipid peroxides (author’s transl)]. [Article in Japanese] Nihon Sanka Fujinka Gakkai Zasshi. 34,243-51.
[5] Smith C.J. (1964). Non-hormonal control of vaso-motor flushing in menopausal patients. Chicago Medicine, 67,193-5.