Menopausal women may experience symptoms ranging from hot flashes and low sex drive to insomnia and night sweats. For many years women thought that the only solution was to take long-term hormone replacement therapy (HRT) consisting of hormones derived from horse urine. Women have been searching for alternatives to HRT to manage menopause symptoms. New research reports the following alternative therapies can help relieve menopausal symptoms. Here are a few natural alternatives to hormones. Natural Menopause Solutions from Cool-jams.
Yoga Relieves Menopause A recent study released in Menopause International, found yoga can effectively relieve menopausal symptoms. All the participants were not on hormone therapy. Researchers assigned 180 menopausal women to a yoga group or no treatment (control) group for three months. Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) questionnaires evaluating menopause symptoms and health-related quality of life were obtained from the participants on the first and last days of the study. The yoga group participated in daily one-hour yoga practice for three months. The yoga program included yoga poses, yoga breathing and meditation. The researchers found that MRS scores were similar in both groups on day 1. By day 90 MRS scores showed the yoga group had significant improvement in menopausal symptoms, and no changes in the control group. The researchers concluded that yoga is an effective alternative therapy to help reduce menopausal symptoms.
Maca Menopause Remedy The Peruvian plant maca was used by the ancient Incans to promote libido and improve stamina. A study, published in the International Journal of Biomedical Science, suggests that maca can also help relieve menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, low sex drive and night sweats. Australian and Polish researchers administered 2,000 mg organic maca or a placebo daily to 124 postmenopausal women with low estrogen and high follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels for four months. Greene's Score (GMS) and Kupperman's Index (KMI) measurements of menopausal symptoms were obtained from the participants after one, three and six months. Lipid profile and hormone levels were also obtained from the participants. The researchers found that maca group had significant improvement in menopausal symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats. Furthermore, FSH levels were lowered while estradiol and "good" HDL cholesterol levels were increased. The placebo group had no significant changes.
Wicking Sleepwear and Temperature Regulating Bedding Recent research suggests that a cool core body temperature can help promote sleep. In fact the ideal room temperature for better sleep is 68 F. By wearing wicking sleepwear and using cooling mattress toppers, cooling bed sheets and cool pillows and comforters you can keep your body temperature at the optimum level, so that you stay cooler, drier and more comfortable. You'll sleep right through the night sweats and hot flashes.