Menopause may cause many changes in the body of a woman.

It’s a common, natural occurrence some refer to as the change of life while some women refer to it as a curse.

The symptoms are the result of a decreased production of estrogen and progesterone in the ovaries. Symptoms may include hot flashes, weight gain, or vaginal dryness. Some women may even experience irregular periods, sleep disturbances, and mood swings—all results caused by the changing levels of ovarian hormones (estrogen) in the body.  Menopause can also increase a woman’s risk for certain conditions like osteoporosis.

For many years, a common treatment was to prescribe estrogen, which was very effective, however, after a number of years of this treatment, it was learned that this resulted in an increased risk of cancer in women, especially breast cancer.

Many women are now growing more interested in trying to reduce the negative symptoms with natural, herbal alternatives that are free of estrogen.

One of the most effective herbs used in Europe is Black cohosh. However, results have been inconsistent when used by women in the U.S.  The failure to achieve results with Black cohosh was discovered by researchers based on trials in women using a high potency Black cohosh, and for a far, too short period of time.  

The results of the effective studies were to use a very moderate dose of 6.5 mg to 13 mg daily. Taking more is very ineffective. While results to relieve menopause will vary with individuals, the time to relieve the unwanted symptoms varied from 14 days to 60 days.

I would like to share a recent study that was judged by peer review examiners as unbelievably effective results for women with menopause.

Actaea racemosa L. Is More Effective in Combination with Rhodiola rosea L. for Relief of Menopausal Symptoms: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study.

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