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  • NATURAL ALTERNATIVES FOR MENOPAUSE

    32 posts, 18 voices, 1956 views, started Nov 10, 2008

    Posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 by Dana Arcuri

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    • Now that I am newly diagnosed with starting to enter menopause, I am looking into ALL natural solutions to the negative symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, irritability & insomnia, just to name a few!

      I am using natural progesterone cream, which is an alternative and safer method than hormone replacement therapy.  I started using Black Cohosh, but I am looking for a supplement that includes a few other important ingredients, like Chaste Berry & Red Clover.

      Is anyone currently using any natural treatments for reducing menopause symptoms?  If so, please share what you are using, where you purchase it and if it is helping.

      Hot Flashes Pictures, Images and Photos


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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 17, 2008
        • I can't take red clover. It upsets my digestive tract. I use a product called Plus and it is a livesaver for my kids who usually suffer the brunt of 'when momma ain't happy , ain't nobody happy'. It is a hormone precursor, so you don't have to worry about which one is out of whack. It helps the body to modulate and regulate. I guess the only symptom it hasn't helped me with is insomia (as I sit here telling myself I need to get some sleep.) :) It has especially helped me with cramping. I have been having a 'pre-period' and then the real thing which spans over almost 2 weeks. Ugh. I can really tell a difference when I forget to take my Plus (or I run out like I did today which happens to coincide with the beginnings of my spotty week.)
          A good quality calcium and red raspberry also are good for alleviating cramping.



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          Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 17, 2008
        • I’ve been taking a product called Vi-Pak for almost two years. It has completely wiped out my PMS. I haven’t experienced any symptoms of menopause yet (knock on wood). I know many women who say that the Vi-Pak has eliminated 100% of their menopausal symptoms.



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 17, 2008
        • I didn’t get any positive results from drinking red raspberry..My sister swears by it so she got me some to help with my cramps..and no dice...



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 17, 2008
        • It depends on the tea Denise. Some of it is ‘flavored with red raspberry’ others it is the leaf. I didn’t drink the tea - I used the capsules because it is far more concentrated, and cheaper. :) The other issue is there are no regulations in the world of dietary supplements. So picking your brand wisely makes a huge difference. In a study done on green tea there was only a handful out of hundreds that provided any antioxidant value. Don’t read the fluff, look for GMP - organic - standardized, stablized on the label or in the literature. I am not always a proponent of ‘organic’ esp since the govt has decided to allow some degree of chemicals to be used and still grant the certification. However, with single herb items I do look for that as a standard.



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 17, 2008
        • Yeah Dee Dee...it was the leaf...and someone had also suggested i take it during my pregnancy..a holistic dr. because i stayed in pre-term labor from month 4 to the delivery...



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 17, 2008
        • I didn’t even take pain meds after delivery. After birth cramps get worse with each baby ya know. But I tripled up on my Plus and took the RR capsules. Bfly - I can’t make you any guarantees about Plus except that we have a 6 month one hundred percent satisfaction guarantee. Nothing to lose. Most of the time it takes 6-8 weeks before you see results with nutritionals. I know lots of people who have not had hot flashes after starting on Plus. I’ve never had ‘em but I know I’m “there” with the beginnings of menopause. I just think the Plus keeps me on the level. The doctor that does some of our trainings says that a person should take the recommended 3, plus 1 for every decade over 40,so that would be 4 per day. We also have what are called Optimal Health Support packs that include a whole food 100 percent bioavailable multi vitamin, an anti-aging antioxidant, and Plus. They are pre-packaged with 4 per day of the Plus. Let me know if you are interested, and I can help you set up a wholesale account so you can get the best price.



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          Linni wrote Nov 18, 2008
        • well, i haven’t went to the Dr. to see if its what i am dealing with ( menopause ) but i had a friend who started taking Bio Identicals.. she swears by them...



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 18, 2008
        • Just keep smiling bfly and look for the other side to arrive. I am trying to remember what my mom called her hot flashes - personal vacations doesn’t sound right, but it was something along those lines. Summer moments? somebody help me out here.



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          Mb03 wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • I feel your pain I've been dealing with perimenopause issues for years now.  I have been trying to stay away from the synthetic "remedies" out there also.  Bio identical hormones- I feel- are the way to go.  There is so much more info out there now too.  A great resource is this website.
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          He is the pioneer in Estrogen Dominance which ironically is what causes a lot of the peri and menopausal symptoms that we so lovingly get to endore.  Check out the site it is a wealth of info

           I personally have been using a product called Prolief which is a topical progesterone supplemental.  OMG my family is soooo greatful! LOL!


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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • I am not even comfortable with bio-identicals or other forms of natural hormone replacement, but that’s just me. I’d much rather eat the plant based phytosterols.
          You can read
          [Link Removed] that our bodies use to balance hormones. By the way, this is not an ad - just an article. :)


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          Dana Arcuri wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • happymomma, what ingredients are in the product called Plus?



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          Mb03 wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • Dee Dee,
          I totally agree taking nutritional supplements are very important and I believe that everyone should take them (but not all supplements are created equal). A totally different topic anyway.
          In my point of view using topical supplementation is a bit more effective because it is absorbed transdermally which means it by-passes the liver to be absorbed into the bloodstream.  You probably know that our skin is actually our largest organ and it is very effective. Did you know that items taken transdermally can be found in our major organs with in 26 sec. of being applied to the skin.  Isn’t that incredible?  Now I’m not saying don’t do supplements but maybe use the two in conjunction with each other.   What I love about all this is that there are choices out there that fit people’s individual needs so you don’t have to be limited to just one option.



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • I can email you a pdf that has the product label as well as other info, here is an overview:
          fyi - the endocrine system is the system that regulates and synthesizes all our hormones .
          PLUS caplets do not contain any hormones. Instead, they provide nutrients that help support the endocrine system's natural function. Nutritional components of PLUS caplets include wild yam, amino acids and beta-sitosterol.  

          The ingredients in PLUS caplets play an important role not only in endocrine healthy, but also in bone, colon, breast and prostate health as well as in the functioning of the immune, nervous and cardiovascular systems.*  

          Feel your best! Make sure your nutritional program includes PLUS caplets!



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • duh, my email address is [Link Removed] if you want more info.


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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • Maribeth,
          We have a topical that has the phytosterols too. I use them both, but don’t use the cream near as regularly. I actually use it as a hand cream, and for tightening the flabby skin on my tummy.



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          Jenni0811 wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • Good Luck Ladies....my body shut down early (I guess from non-use being childless!!) and it is liberating to be free from all that nastiness. When times are tough, just remember that the promised land lies ahead! The medical community classifies Post-Menopause as 12 months without a period. I’m on 18...guess I can quit counting now!



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          Mb03 wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • pepper1997,
          You are sooo right. Thanks for mentioning about the testing. Absolutely have saliva testing done before you start taking any form of supplementation. Thanks for the additional resource.
          Thanks,
          Maribeth



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          Mb03 wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • You are so welcome!  Hope that helps you some.  Love your close!  “Allow the miracles!”  Right on!!
          Maribeth



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          Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • You know Sela Ward the actress was playing my role and she came down to stay with me a while and it was when I found I had a tumor and had to get a Hysterectomy, she told me.  Get it out and dont wait, youll feel better.. I followed her advice, and Ive never felt better.  

          I guess it took her to tell me what I needed to know.

          I was lucky no menopause no periods, and I feel great.  Jenni, I totally can relate.

          I love the suggestions for Estrogen.. great post.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 19, 2008
        • I use progesterone cream from time to time. I will use it for 3 weeks and then go off it for a week. I’m sure it’s helping. When I’m using it I sleep better, my heat issues subside, I feel happier and think clearer. I’m afraid to take estrogen because of what I’ve read about women who are estrogen dominant. There’s risk of breast cancer there.

          My hot flashes and night sweats were not severe it just felt like someone turned up my internal thermostat and I just stayed hot for a long time.

          I’m on my 3rd month without a period. I feel so much better than I did a year ago. Maybe I’m on the down side of this.

          But I really like using progesterone cream. I think it’s helping



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          Susan Sullivan wrote Feb 24, 2009
        • I have had perimenopause since age 36 and nothing helped the symptoms.  About 2 years ago, my roommate’s aunt, who is a homeopath, sent me an essential oil blend that she makes and I was amazed at the difference. She has two different blends, depending on your age.  5 drops into juice every morning and my hot flashes vanished (after about a month of daily dosing), cramps all but disappeared and the mood swings leveled almost completely.  

          Doctors and meds made me deathly ill...these oils and herbs have healed all but the last traces of that illness.  They can be found at  

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          Jessie’s aunt is Laree but any of the ladies working there can help you. Laree told me over the phone what she suggested and she was spot on.  Just a suggestion for those who have not had success with conventional meds or are like me, hyper sensitive to many “drugs“.

          Good luck everyone!


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          Charlotte44 wrote Apr 2, 2009
        • I’ve been dealing with it the last few years. I like a lot of the suggestions.

          I have one for the mood swings. A few years ago I was suffering from extreme mood swings. To the point where my guy (Jimmy) didn’t think he was going to be able to live with me anymore. I was ready to throw him out for things he had done years before and was beginning to think I was losing my mind because I was literally angry all of the time.

          I had read that Evening Primrose Oil was used to treat PMS and thought why not give it a try since it felt like PMS only I was suffering 30 days a month. I didn’t tell Jimmy about it but started taking it at dose I had read about. After about 5 days of taking it Jimmy came home from work one day and said “whatever it is your doing, don’t stop“. I asked what he was talking about. He said that I was much calmer and “nicer” and it was noticeable.

          I continue to take it every day although I’ve cut back a little. Every once in a while I seem to “flare up“, but as soon as I notice I go back to my original dose for a couple of days and things level out again.

          This is just my 2 cents, for what it’s worth. Don’t know if it would work for everyone but being that it’s natural it certainly seems worth a try.

          Charlotte



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          Thescentpeddler wrote Mar 24, 2010
        • Like many of you, I’m not interested in HRT at all and am seeking out something that will allow me to get a good nights sleep through the night sweats.  

          In December of 09 I had to have a full hysterectomy and within 2 days (I kid you not), the signs of menopause set in.  I can deal with the hot flashes (I call them tropical moments) - I don’t like them much but can find ways throughout the day to cool down.  What I can’t deal with is the night sweats.  I haven’t had a decent nights sleep since December.

          I’ll watch this thread closely for a solution that seems to fit my needs.

          Thanks for sharing ladies.



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          Maryann Rhodey wrote Mar 24, 2010
        • Hi thescentpeddler, I had the same thing when I had my full hysterectomy but they slapped an HRT patch on me at the time. I weaned myself off and started using a natural product.  It is from the company I represent.  It is a great combination of black cohosh but also other ingredients that have worked well for me.  I do believe that everyone will have different needs when it comes to something to help with the menopausal symptoms.  If you would like more information you can PM or click on my links below.  I would love to be able to help you.  Going without sleep is no fun at all!



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          Miamor wrote Mar 27, 2010
        • Evening Primrose Oil is a great help, just make sure you're taking 1000mg and not 500mg. And of course it helps to have a spritzer bottle of water nearby to use on your face and neck when the hot flashes are too much to handle. Blessings.
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