Menopause may be a natural process, but that doesn’t mean that some of the uncomfortable symptoms often associated with menopause need to be tolerated. Common menopausal symptoms that bring women to the clinic seeking help include hot flushes and night sweats, irritability, mood imbalance, foggy thinking, fatigue and forgetfulness, aches and pains and urinary problems. On top of this there is concern over maintaining adequate bone density to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Self-help includes establishing a regular exercise program and working towards a healthy body weight, eating a nutritious diet such as the Mediterranean diet (discussed in the above article), and maintaining adequate calcium intake. It is important to limit alcohol and caffeine as these substances can increase the tendency for flushing.
Acupuncture & herbal medicine have a strong role to play in managing these symptoms, with ear acupuncture especially useful for symptoms such as insomnia, irritability and poor mood. A range of herbal options are available to help with fatigue, anxiety, hot flushes and night sweats and herbs are also available which support bone density.
It’s important to get the right amount of calcium in the diet, and if dairy is not for you then often some professional help is needed to get the recommended 1300 mg of calcium a day. Our naturopath/nutritionist Ruth is able to assist with developing a diet to make sure that this target is reached with or without dairy.