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Remedies for Menopausal Symptoms

The Menopause Self Help Book by Susan M. Lark, M.D.,
The Wild Rose Scientific Herbal by Terry Willard, Ph.D.,
Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way by Susun S. Weed
are drawn heavily upon for this segment. All references are provided here.


Physical distress seems to be more common during menopause. Loss of sleep can leave you feeling sore all over, and lack of calcium can make your bones ache. Thyroid issues and fibromyalgia often occur in many women at onset of menopause. Diet becomes very important.

Relief is often found in conventional aids such as aspirin and NSAIDs; however, one side effect of these drugs that is often not mentioned is their inhibition of cartilage repair and acceleration of cartilage destruction.3, 2, 22, 27, 28 Natural remedies can often provide relief without the harsh side effects of drugs.

Try listening to a relaxation tape, try yoga, acupuncture (especially moxibustion), and massage to release muscle aches and stimulate circulation.

Dong quai may bring warmth to achy muscles in spasm. Try 10-20 drops of root tincture once daily for 4-6 weeks. Do not use during menstruation if bleeding is heavy or if you have fibroids. Do not use if you regularly take aspirin or blood-thinning drugs, or if you experience extreme breast tenderness or soreness.31

St. John’s Wort tincture stops and prevents muscle aches, says Susun Weed. Use before exercise too. Try 25-30 drops of the tincture.31 Traditionally, oil of St. John’s Wort has been applied topically on wounds, bruises, sores and other skin disorders, penetrating the nerve endings and relieving pain.31

Moxibustion (controlled burning of moxa, an Artemisia) over areas of the worst soreness is a remedy often used by acupuncturists or practitioners of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). It helps warm and soothe all the muscles31 but is not necessarily a helpful approach for those who have fibromyalgic aches and pains.

Garden sage leaf infusion or tincture has been used in folklore to prevent joint aches and improve circulation. Note: Do not use excessively or if you have dry mouth or very dry vaginal tissues.31

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), especially well absorbed in sublingual form, increases serotonin levels in a safe way for improved rest patterns and may help relieve fibromyalgic pain. One of the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia involves feeling sore all over. Oral capsules may also be used, but must compete with the digestive system for absorption. Rarely, nausea may occur when the oral form is taken, but 5-HTP is virtually free of side effects.20

Homeopathic Arnica is suitable for the consequences of various types of trauma and muscular strain. If the bed feels too hard, or you have painful muscles or muscular fatigue aggravated by the slightest touch, or have skin bruises of traumatic origin, arnica may help. Full strength herbal arnica (e.g. tincture) is used only topically and is not considered safe for internal use.

Homeopathic arnica can be safely used internally. The main clinical uses include aftereffects of various types of trauma such as sprains, painfully healing fractures, bruising, muscular aches, prevention of postsurgical complications, and consequences of prolonged effort (training for sports).14


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