The Yoga of Menopause – Alternatives to Hormone Therapy

It’s a big deal when a popular medical procedure known as HRT for women who are menopausal – has been discovered to be detrimental. It’s not news to people who have been bringing the light regarding both alternative and scientific treatment options for menopausal women for more than two decades. In a recent article by Newsweek Magazine: “Menopause is not a ‘pathology’, but a passage to power. Like puberty, menopause is a natural – and healthy – change. Wise women the world over herald menopause as a health-promoting event. They see hot flashes as ‘power surges’ and menopause as an intense spiritual journey. Most treatments – including ERT, HRT, isoflavone, and progesterone creams – disrupt this process and can do severe damage to a woman’s health.”

Menopause is a form of illumination

Menopausal energy issues are particularly interesting to me.

As a long-time practitioner in yoga, I am amazed by the numerous similarities between menopausal symptoms as well as the popular esoteric aim that is the “awakening of the kundalini.” Although the concepts presented in this section might seem odd or confusing They are full of powerful information about menopausal symptoms, which are at the core of the Wise Woman approach. Visit:-

Kundalini is the source of every spiritual experience… Kundalini is an energy type that is a part of many cultures that include Tibetan, Indian, Sumerian, Chinese, Irish, Aztec, and Greek. Kundalini is believed to be fast, hot strong, large, and powerful. It is found in the earth, in all living things, and inside every person. The psychoanalyst Carl G. Jung called Kundalini anima. Kundalini is typically depicted as a serpent that is twisted around the spine’s base however, women’s stories of mystery place it in the uterus or the place in which the uterus was in the event of a hysterectomy. Both during menopausal and puberty the kundalini of a woman is difficult to manage and can result in a variety of symptoms.

East Indian yogis spend lifetimes studying how to awaken, or activate, their chakras. It is also known as “achieving enlightenment”. If they achieve this the super-heated energy is released through the spine and the nerves, dilation of blood vessels and fueling its own hormones. When kundalini continues to move up through the spinal column, it alters the function of the cardiovascular, endocrine, as well as nervous system. This is not just a matter of yogis, however, in every woman who is willing to be conscious of it. Menopausal symptoms are a form of awakening. Hot flashes can be described as kundalini-training sessions.

Are you taking Hormones? These herbs are for you

A growing number of American women are turning to herbal remedies to treat menopausal issues. Women who take ERT (estrogen replacement) or HRT (hormone replacement) might be shocked to learn that herbal medicine can offer a lot of benefits to these women as well.

Herbs for women who are taking ERT/HRT can help with side effects and also combat the effects of the hormones.

Herbal Helpers Counter-Side-Effects

Retention of water is one of the symptoms most frequently cited as a reason for discontent in hormone-replacement. Herbal teas and tinctures, like cleavers or dandelion and other foods, will not just ease the discomfort, but they can get to the source of the issue and to prevent repeat episodes.

The tincture of Dandelion Root ( Taraxacum officinale) helps strengthen the liver and assists in the elimination of the excess hormones you’re taking. If the liver is functioning properly it helps the kidneys function better and tissues don’t become bloated. A dosage is 10-20 drops mixed into several ounces of juice or water 3 times per day. If you are experiencing any digestive issues, you should take your dandelion prior to eating or at any time is okay. Dandelion can be taken every day for months or even years if you need or would like to.

The tincture of Cleavers’ herb ( Galium molluga) will signal the lymphatic tissues to move. The relief from edema can be quick when 20-30 drops are taken in a few cups of juice or water. Repeat the process up to six times per hour when needed. Cleavers are particularly helpful in alleviating sore, swollen breasts.

Foods that help to reduce water retention comprise (in the order they are effective) asparagus and nettles, and corn (and the corn silk tea) grapes, cucumbers and watermelon (and watermelon seeds tea) celery, parsley black tea, parsley, and green tea.

Headaches are the second most frequent side effect of using hormones. They are also common for women who are not taking hormones, as well. Herbs that relieve headaches without taking drugs like dandelion milk thistle, yellow dock burdock, garden sage as well as skullcap and St. John’s/Joan’s Wort – are generally considered to be safe when combined with hormones.

Chinese herbalists believe that headaches are caused by stress in the liver. My top liver-strengthening herbs include yellow dock, dandelion milk thistle seeds, and burdock. I take each one at a time and 15-25 drops of the tincture at least once a each day for two weeks. If the symptoms persist then I change to another herb.

A strong tea made from the leaves of sage garden ( Salvia officinalis) provides instant relief from headaches and assists in preventing future headaches. It also helps reduce night sweats. The tinctures of the skullcap ( Scutellaria lateriflora) and St. John’s wort ( Hypericum perforatum) help ease pain and reduce muscle spasms. Apply 5-20 drops of skullcap, and a dropperful of St.J’s when you notice the first indication – not the first thought of a headache. Repeat the dosages every five minutes until you are pain-free. The skullcap is a an sedative, particularly in large doses.

Herbal Allies for prevent problems caused by taking hormones

The breast cancer risk increases by 20 percent in women who take ERT for more than five years. The use of HRT for more than five years increases the risk of breast cancer by 40 percent. Every five years of continuous usage increases the risk. Additionally women who use ERT are more likely to develop endometrial or uterine cancers. Women who take hormones are all more likely to increase the risk of cancers of the ovarian and lung, as well. Herbs that nourish you, such as the red clover, as well as foods like yogurt and beans provide easy methods to remain cancer-free.

The red clover blooms ( Trifolium pratense), when dried and then brewed into a powerful infusion (one one ounce herb in one quart of boiling water for at least 4 hours) can help prevent cancer by providing phytoestrogens to counteract the cancer-promoting actions of oral hormones. The usual dosage is 2 to 4 cups daily. The infusion is akin to black tea, and can be flavor with mint if you enjoy.

Uncooked beans and soy that has not been fermented contain nutritional factors that can cause the loss of bone and cause dementia Soy “milk” and tofu are not advised. Tamari and miso can help in preventing breast cancer, but soy isoflavones can cause it.

Yogurt can boost your immune system. Women who consume a quart of yogurt per week will have 70% less cancer than women who do not consume yogurt.

Dry eyes are a problem that affects more than 9 percent of women who use ERT, and more than 7 percent of women who use HRT. The risk increases by 70% with each year of use. The longer a woman is taking hormones, the higher the risk. Herbs like oatstraw chickweed, and chamomile can aid in preventing and relieving this issue.

Oatstraw tea ( Avena sativa) helps to cool and moisten your eyes from the inside out, and strengthens bones as well. Make use of one ounce dried herbs in a quart-sized jar and fill it up with boiling water , then cap tightly. Allow to steep for four or more hours. Dosage is 2 cups per day. Refrigerate after straining.

Cucumber slices help dry eyes. So do the tea bags of chamomile.

The most effective remedy for those who suffer from eye dryness is chickweed ( Stellaria media) which is applied as a poultice on the closed eyes. Allow it to sit for five minutes, and then wait until it is warm (it will begin to heat up). Repeat the process as necessary.