Vitamin-E: 400IU up to 800IUs a day. Maximum of 100IU if you have high blood pressure, or take drugs that decrease blood clotting. One study showed 100IU or more of vitamin-E daily reduced heart disease risk by 60 percent.
Vitamin-C And Bioflavonoids: A controlled study of 94 women showed that 200mg of vitamin-C combined with 200mg of bioflavonoids six times a day, offered complete relief from hot flashes in two-thirds of the women, and partial relief in one fifth.
Evening Of Primrose Oil: Take two capsules after meals up to six or eight a day. If you get diarrhea, cut back on the dose, or take the capsules with meals.
Bee Pollen: Start with two capsules or chewable tablets a day. Work up to as many as 12 or more until the hot flashes stop. Make sure you aren't allergic to bee pollen.
Black Cohosh Extract: Research has been carried out in thousands of patients in Europe. One study of 639 patients showed that as early as 4 weeks after the onset of therapy, there was clear improvement in menopausal symptoms in as many as 80 percent of patients without side effects. Other studies have shown results comparable to prescription estrogens.
Mood Swings, Irritability And Insomnia
Mega B-50 Capsules: Take one or two with breakfast and one or two more with lunch, depending on how stressed you feel. Avoid bedtime use, as it may keep you awake.
Vitamin-C: 500 to 1,000mg of a natural vitamin-C capsule containing bioflavonoids.
Calcium-Magnesium Capsules: Take 800 to 1,200mg calcium and 300 to 600mg magnesium at bedtime on an empty stomach. The capsules have a calming effect and will help you sleep.
Tryptophan: Tryptophan is an amino acid, one of the building blocks of protein and is available only by prescription. In doses of 2,000mg to 4,000mg it helps you to sleep without a hangover effect.
Depression and Anxiety
St. John's Wort has been studied extensively in Europe and shown to be highly effective for the treatment of mild to moderate depression with few side effects. The herb can take up to three weeks to develop its mood elevating effects.
Kava is a shrub in the pepper family that grows in the South Seas. It has an anti-anxiety effect roughly equivalent to the effect of valium. One study of menopausal women showed the kava group had a marked reduction in anxiety, menopausal symptoms and an increased sense of well being. Kava is safe for long term use.
Vitamin-E: Use the same dose as suggested for hot flashes (don't double the dose for the two symptoms).
Vitamin-C: as above.
Vitamin-E Oil: Insert into the vagina with an eye dropper or cotton tip applicator or rub into the area by hand.
Regular Sex Or Masturbation: Regular sexual activity increases the tone and lubrication of the vaginal tissues.
Estrogen Vaginal Creams Or Ring: in low doses applied locally very effective and safe. Also very useful for urinary problems.
Vitex Agnus Castus: Also known as chaste tree, this slow acting tonic for the female system reduces hot flashes and dizziness, strengthens vaginal tissues, and decreases nervousness. The usual dosage is twenty drops of the tincture twice a day for three to six months at time.
Black Cohosh Extract: is another alternative which reverses vaginal dryness.
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