Herbal Medicine has become a very 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 publications 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. Every women’s experience of the menopause is different and must be treated accordingly, with personalized prescriptions to meet each woman’s unique needs. This approach helps support her through this transitional time, supporting her while oestrogen levels decline. It is not unusual to find that women with debilitating menopausal symptoms, which may include hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety, fatigue, depression and a decrease in their ability to cope, have approached menopause during a particularly stressful time in their life. The imbalance caused by this stress is addressed and patients report feeling more like their former self again. This kind of imbalance can make the most capable woman struggle with her responsibilities and drastically reduce her enjoyment of life. Most patients experience a significant improvement in a relatively short period of time. Their prescription can be altered to provide additional support as and when necessary, particularly if the patient is going through a stressful period, which can exacerbate symptoms.
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