Herbal remedy for the relief of menopausal symptoms.
Hot flushes and sweatoutbreaks in combination with moodswings are the complaints that are very much in the foreground of women in menopause. A healthy lifestyle, relaxation, exercise, a balanced diet and, if necessary, a form of herbal therapy can enhance well-being during menopause.
Hänseler Menopause contains two herbal active ingredients for hot flashes and mood swings:
Tuberous Silver Candle Extract. Works to relieve symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, and sleep disturbances.
John's wort extract. Traditionally acts against mood swings with a depressive component, irritability and sleep disturbances.
Combination of two herbal active ingredients.
With the combination of the two herbal active ingredients, a faster and stronger effect can be achieve
Silver thistle extracts act predominantly against sweating, while St. John's wort extracts have a mood-stabilizing and -brightening effect.
Adult women: 1 film-coated tablet daily.
Always take the film-coated tablet at the same time of day (morning or evening), unchewed, with plenty of liquid. Hänseler Menopause is available in packs of 30 or 60 film-coated tablets in pharmacies and drugstores.
This is an approved medicine. Seek advice from a healthcare professional and read the package leaflet.
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Symptoms during menopause
A woman's biological processes such as menstruation, pregnancy or menopause are experienced quite differently. Hot flashes, poor sleep, symptoms of irritability or sadness can be mögliche signs of menopause.
The hormonal changes that lead to menopause occur in every woman after a certain age, but do not necessarily cause discomfort. On average, one third of women do not experience any significant discomfort, one third is noticeably affected, and one third feels very burdened by the accompanying symptoms of hormonal turbulence in their daily lives. The complaints concern the time frame with emphasis between 45 and 55 years.
Estrogen withdrawal symptoms
The first signs of approaching menopause often begin years before the actual last bleeding. In perimenopause, the estrogen level gradually decreases.
The «withdrawal symptoms» from estrogen may include:
- Hot flashes
- poor sleep
- restlessness and mood swings
- dryness of the vagina
- Bladder swelling
- Hair loss
- Thinning of the skin
Hot flushes are the most typical symptoms of menopause. To date, it has not been fully explained why women break out in a sweat. It is assumed that a change in the target value of temperature regulation in the diencephalon causes the body to strongly counteract even small internal and external temperature fluctuations. For example, when the temperature rises, the blood vessels in the skin dilate to release heat. Sweating serves to cool the body. If the cooling occurs, the counter-regulation with Frösteles sets in to produce again Wärme.
67% to 85% of menopausal women are affected by so-called vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and sweating.
Hot flashes usually occur völlig überraschend, ie without apparent äusere cause. A hot flush can be described as a strong feeling of warmth that usually spreads from the neck to the chest in intervals and can be accompanied by sweating and a red complexion. The hot flushes last two to three minutes and usually merge seamlessly into a sweaty outburst. A hot flush is sometimes followed by a chill. The intervals between hot flashes vary, and they can occur again within a few minutes or even days. One thing is certain: they always come when you need them least.
Body weight, occupation or sleep duration have little influence on hot flashes, but coffee, hot spices and alcohol can promote hot flashes.
Even if hot flashes are natural, there are therapeutic alternatives that can positively influence the quality of life.
Sleep disturbances can be caused on the one hand by the menopausal changes in hormone balance. Messenger substances in the brain, which are important for controlling the sleep phase, are affected and as a result the sleep rhythm is disturbed. On the other hand, hot flushes can also lead to night sweats and make undisturbed sleep impossible. Furthermore, mood swings and nervousness can also have an influence.
Many women notice a change in their mood during menopause. As estrogen levels fall, the mood-lifting effect on the nervous system is lost. At the same time, certain messenger substances that are supposed to send information are no longer produced in sufficient quantities. The complex sequence in the central nervous system is affected and thus disturbs the mental balance.
Restlessness, nervousness, irritability, general dissatisfaction or depressive moods can be possible symptoms. The intensity of mood swings varies from woman to woman. Some women only suffer from listlessness from time to time, while other women have to struggle a lot with their moods fluctuating violently. This change in behavior can have an impact on the partner relationship, the family and the workplace.
Vaginal dryness refers to a dry vaginal vestibule and reduced lubrication during sexual arousal. During menopause, estrogen levels decrease. As a result, the production of vaginal fluid is reduced. The aging skin becomes thicker and more sensitive, blood circulation deteriorates, and the tissue loses its moisture and elasticity. During sexual intercourse, this leads to the fact that a burning or even more severe pain can occur..
Treatment form phytotherapy – with the power of plants through menopause
Phytotherapeutic drugs are usually made from extracts of a plant. Thus, black cohosh and St. John's wort positively influence menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings, without interfering with the natural hormone regulation.
The following plants can play an important role in the natural treatment of menopausal symptoms:
SilverweedCan be used for complaints such as night sweats, hot flashes, and sleep disturbances.
John's wortMay be traditionally used for mood swings with a depressive component, irritability, and sleep disturbances.
Mönch pepperMay be used to treat prämenstrual syndrome and rhythm disturbances of menstruation.
BaldrianCan be used for sleep disturbances, restlessness and tension, nervousness and irritability.
SageCan be used for sweating and flushes during menopause.
Siberian RhubarbCan be used for hot flashes, sweating, insomnia and depressed moods
SoySoy can be used to treat hot flashes, for example, due to its isoflavone content.
Red cloverRed clover is very äsimilar to soy because it also contains isoflavones. Can be used for sleep disturbances or hot flashes.
The effect of herbal präparates ...
...takes longer to unfold compared to hormone therapy. For any therapy, including phytotherapy, the benefits and risks must be assessed in terms of tolerability. Get advice from a specialist in the pharmacy or drugstore.
How important in Switzerland the possibility is seen to treat with herbal and traditional methods, showed the referendum in 2009, in which the Swiss population für the anchoring of complementary medicine in the constitution spoke out
Hormone Replacement Therapy – Hormones in Menopause
Hormone replacement therapy artificially compensates for the hormone deficiency that occurs during menopause. Hormone therapy consists of estrogens and yellow body hormones, which can be used alternately, together or in varying strengths, depending on the menopausal phase.
Studies in recent years have shown various risks in addition to the benefits of hormone replacement therapy. The WHI (Women Health Initiative) study, which included more than 25‘000 women, examined, among other things, the effect of hormone therapy during menopause on breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and other cancers. The study had to be stopped early because of an increase in breast cancer morbidity rates, an increase in stroke, thrombosis, heart disease and pulmonary embolism.
International professional organizations recommend that the need to take hormones should be reviewed regularly and that hormone therapy should not be started after the age of 60.
Before starting hormone replacement therapy, a comprehensive gynecological examination by a gynecologist and detailed counseling are necessary, because all forms of application entail advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your personal medical history, symptoms and lifestyle, the form of application should be selected individually for you and with you.
Not possible for any length of time
No hormone therapy should be started more than 10 years after menopause or after the age of 60.
No Lifestlye Therapy
Hormones are used for severe symptoms that significantly reduce quality of life and are not a lifestyle therapy
Must be individually matched
Each hormone therapy should be individually selected in terms of form, dosage, and duration of use, and discussed in terms of benefits and possible risks
Lifestyle during menopause
A healthy lifestyle is recommended at all stages of life, and in the case of complaints such as sleep disturbances, it may be worthwhile to correct unhealthy habits (lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, too much alcohol, nicotine, unhealthy sleeping habits). On life expectancy and general health and fitness, a balanced lifestyle has an indisputably beneficial effect.
However, hormonal changes take place even with a healthy lifestyle. The important thing is that every woman can find her own way to a new balance.
The most important success factor is to do something yourself for your own health. Here are some tips for everyday life and nutrition
Tips for everyday life in menopause
Hot flashes and sweating in combination with mood swings are the complaints that are very much in the foreground for women in menopause. A healthy lifestyle, relaxation, exercise and a balanced diet can increase the well-being during menopause.
Here are some tips für everyday life, which can help you können to come more easily through menopause.
Exercise and sport
After the age of 50, the daily energy turnover decreases by about a quarter. This is due to the fact that muscle mass shrinks by about one percent every year. Those who do not adapt their dietary habits to this natural change during this time or ensure higher energy consumption through exercise risk gaining weight.
Exercise is good for the figure and the mood. Regular endurance sports such as walking, Nordic walking, cycling, hiking and swimming can improve metabolic and blood fat levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Aerobic or gymnastic exercises can stop bone loss and possibly even restart the formation of new bone. This is important because osteoporosis usually develops after menopause.
Movement fördert the well-being - note the following two rules of thumb:.
- Regular: Move thirty minutes a day or four times a week 45 minutes.
- It should be fun: Do what you enjoy. The important thing is that you re comfortable and enjoy doing it.
Temperature stimuli train through hot-cold showers
Strengthening the defense system through sauna sessions
Saunagänge train the body to plötzliche temperature changes. This change in temperature not only strengthens the circulation, but also the entire defense system. Among other things, this can have a positive effect on hot flashes. A wöchentlicher visit of six to zwölf minutes is völlig sufficient.
Clothes: Stick to the onion principle
One thing is certain: hot flashes always come when you least need them. Therefore, wear clothes made of natural fibers or functional clothing that can transport sweat to the outside. With the onion look, you can put on or take off individual pieces of clothing. Remember to bring a change of clothes, a towel and deodorant to freshen up on the go. Make sure the nightwear is breathable and the bedding does not give off too much heat.
Create a good sleeping climate
Create a good sleeping environment in a darkened, freshly gelüfled and quiet room. Try to go to bed at the same time every day and get up at the same time in the morning. Make sure you wind down an hour before bedtime by taking time to read, listen to music, or take a relaxing bath, for example.
Deal openly with hot flashes
Don't try to hide sweaty outbursts, because the stress of not wanting anyone to notice can stimulate adrenaline release and make hot flashes worse.
Recognize and specifically avoid stress factors
Find out which situations you react to in a stressed way. If you know your stressors, you can try to avoid them specifically. Some possible advice:
- Concentrate on one thing, multitasking can be stressful.
- Try to create a structured daily schedule with priority list. Plan enough time between appointments and also keep a window open for the unexpected. Also think of yourself and take time for relaxation and leisure.
- Lärm can be a möglicher stress factor. Do not leave the radio and television on just like that.
Skin care for visually smoother skin
You never get a second chance, to make the first impression. To make you feel so fit on the outside, note that a well-moisturized skin looks visually smoother. Regularly applying a moisturizing skin care cream from head to toe can be an important point.
Tips for the diet in the menopause
After the age of 50, the daily energy turnover decreases by about a quarter. This is due to the fact that muscle mass shrinks by about one percent every year. Thus, a 50-year-old woman needs about 400 fewer calories per day than a 25-year-old. So if you don't adjust your eating habits to the lower basal metabolic rate or increase your energy consumption through exercise during this time, you risk gaining weight.
Although the body needs less energy with increasing age, the need for nutrients increases at the same time, because these can often no longer be absorbed so well by the body. Foods with a low energy but high nutrient content are therefore particularly suitable. These include foods such as vegetables, salads, legumes, fruit, potatoes, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean meat. It is best if every meal contains protein (dairy products, Hülsenfrüchte, meat, poultry, fish), little fat (vegetable Öl) and a carbohydrate source with low blood sugar effectiveness (wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholemeal pasta).
Varied and full
A healthy lifestyle also includes a varied, healthy and wholesome diet. Regular meals ensure the maintenance of performance. Do not eat too much, because the choice and the combination are more important than the quantity..
Take several times a day whole grains or / and potatoes to eat, because whole grains provide valuable vitamins as well as fiber, which stimulates digestion..
Fruit and vegetables
It is recommended to eat five fruits and vegetables per day, raw or steamed. You can, for example, use vegetables as the main component of a meal, because this way you get important nutrients and can eat your fill in a low-calorie way.
Milk and dairy products
With menopause, the protective effect of estrogens, which until now have promoted the buildup, fades. Calcium is an important building material for bone tissue. In small portions, the body can absorb calcium particularly well, so calcium-rich snacks such as a yogurt or a few nuts are ideal.
Once a week fish
Fatty fish species such as herring or salmon provide important omega-3 fattyäuren.
Sausage, bacon, sweets
Enjoy cured meats, bacon, and high-fat sweets only in small amounts.
Fatty and fatty foods
It is healthier to replace sausage, meat, bacon, cheese or butter with lean varieties and vegetable fats. Use high-quality olive,- rapeseed or sunfloweröl, this will benefit your cholesterol levels.
Water is essential, make sure you consume 1.5 to 2 liters of low-calorie liquid (water, herbal or fresh tea without sugar) üspread throughout the day..
Coffee and alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol (as well as nicotine) can lower the estrogen level and thus irritate the temperature regulator. Those who have hot flashes should reduce alcohol to one glass or coffee to one cup per day and, if possible, avoid smoking at all. Spicy foods can be an outlet for hot flashes. Therefore, spicy spices are not recommended during menopause.
Take your time when eating
Consciously take enough time to eat. Make sure you have a light evening meal at least two to three hours before bedtime.
Researchers from Taiwan were able to prove that acupuncture can positively influence the strength and frequency of hot flashes.
Remote relaxation exercises can be a good alternative for menopausal symptoms. Tai Chi and Qigong are meditative forms of movement that come from Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Yoga Tai-Chi & Co
The essences of Bach flowers can have a positive influence on the mental harmonization.
Why acupuncture during menopause?
A branch of traditional Chinese medicine is acupuncture. It is based on the concept of meridians, pathways in the body in which the life energy Qi circulates. By placing fine acupuncture needles in the right places, disturbances in the energy flow can be corrected. Chinese medicine sees another aspect as the cause of menopausal symptoms. From their point of view, the vital energy of the kidneys is disturbed, a deficiency of kidney qi, which also weakens the ovaries and the uterus. By stabilizing the affected Qi with needling the appropriate points on the meridians, the vitality of the kidneys, ovaries and uterus is strengthened. The disharmony in these organs dissolves.
Researchers from Taiwan were able to prove that with the help of acupuncture, the strength and frequency of hot flashes can be influenced positively.
Far Eastern relaxation exercises: Yoga Tai-Chi & Co
Remote relaxation exercises can be a good alternative for menopausal symptoms. Tai chi and qigong are meditative forms of movement that originate from traditional Chinese medicine.
- Qigong is a Chinese form of meditation, concentration and movement for the cultivation of body and mind. This includes breathing, body, movement, concentration and meditation exercises, which are designed to harmonize and regulate the flow of qi. .
- Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art of movement, which is characterized primarily by slow-motion movements with concentrated breathing. Today, several million people around the world practice Tai Chi.
- Yoga is an Indian philosophical teaching, which is to bring body, mind and breath in harmony. Through the close observation of the breath should increase the ability to concentrate and reduce stress.
Bach flowers during menopause
Bach flowers were discovered about 90 years ago by the renowned British physician and bacteriologist Dr. Edward Bach. Dissatisfied with his work, which was more about the diseases themselves than about the people who suffered from them, he devoted himself to homöopathic methods of treatment. Bach realized that he could activate the natural self-healing powers in the bodies of his patients by acting directly on people's emotions and individual personalities. In total, he defined 38 basic emotional states and corresponding flower essences that correspond to these emotional states.
The essences of the Bach flowers can therefore have a positive influence on the mental harmonization.
Some examples of how the Bach flowers can support you:
. If you have trouble accepting the menopausal stage of life, Walnut essence can help you cope better with the circumstances.
. Are you unusually äanxious and nervous and do not know why, Aspen (Aspen) can bring this condition back into balance.
. You can;t tell or show others how you really feel and suffer inside? Try it with the flower essence Agrimony (Odermenning). It can support you in openly sharing your real feelings and accepting that life also has less pleasant sides.
- Loss of control
. If you are afraid of suddenly losing control and exploding, for example, Cherry Plum may be the right flower for you. It can help to release the inner tension and to be and act more calmly.
- Self-esteem feeling
. You no longer feel comfortable in your skin? With the essence Crab Apple (wood apple) you can regain a positive attitude towards yourself and your own body with its imperfections.
Do you feel overwhelmed by your tasks or responsibilities? The flower Elm (elm) can help you back to your normal performance and self-confidence. You ll only take on as many tasks as you can handle and ll have more time for your own needs.
. As soon as things get out of hand or difficulties arise, you feel easily discouraged or depressed. Gentian (Gentian) can help you regain your courage. So you can face difficulties again with a positive attitude.
. Honeysuckle (Geissblatt) can support you if you often haunt the memories of the past. The Blüte can supportützen to accept the current stage of life better.
. If you suddenly feel very sad for no reason, take Mustard (Wild Mustard), it can help you find your zest for life again.
- Energy Lack
. After a period of physical and mental stress, the essence Olive can give you energy again.
- Thoughts carousel
. Your thoughts are restlessly circling around and cannot be turned off. Try White Chestnut. It can support you in making your thoughts more balanced and calm.
. You have given up and are coming to terms with an unpleasant situation. Take Wild Rose (Hedge Rose), it can bring back your lively interest in life.
. Are you drowning in self-pity or bitter? Willow (Yellow Willow) can help you forget past injustices and letäs you take back control of your destiny.