Health Matters

A natural alternative to HRT

Herbal Medicine has become a popular, safe and effective alternative for women with debilitating menopausal symptoms, particularly in the light of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study of 2002, which suggested that health risks may exceed benefits during prolonged hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

The effect of the initial publication of the WHI resulted in a decline in HRT use of around 50% in the UK. Recent research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA, one of the world’s foremost medical research centres, states that “the study of alternative therapies for menopause symptoms is a rewarding and important area deserving of further inquiry”. The NHS is also listing several herbs in their leaflet on alternative therapies for the treatment of menopausal symptoms.

In addition to the fluctuations in hormone levels, other possible causes of menopausal discomfort may include adrenal exhaustion and impaired liver function. As a leading Consultant Medical Herbalist, I have successfully treated many women, who come to me for help in alleviating uncomfortable and debilitating menopausal symptoms. I have found that, in most cases, it is easy to get significant results in a relatively short period of time. Most patients are feeling considerably better by the time of their first follow-up consultation, which is usually four weeks after the initial consultation.

Every woman experiences menopause in a slightly different way to others so a one-size-fits-all over-the-counter remedy does not always get the best results. A Herbal Medicine prescription is tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs. Patients find that this approach gets the best results. This natural approach to the menopause is becoming increasingly popular. So why put on a brave face and suffer in silence, when there is now a safe, effective way forward?

Deborah Grant BSc(Hons) Consultant Medical Herbalist

www.herbalist-medicine.com

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