Menopause itself does not have to be problematic, or symptomatic, but many of my clients ask for help and support at this time:
- Hot flushes, Night Sweats
- Irritable, mood swings, anxiety
- Memory loss, confusion
- Low libido, discomfort during sex
- Skin dryness or thinning, blemishes
- Heavy or irregular periods
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased PMS, Breast tenderness
- Urine incontinence
- Feelings of overwhelm, not coping
- Weight gain, difficulty losing weight
Peri-menopausal and Menopausal Symptoms – that are caused by the increasing imbalance between oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone – tend to be worse if this quite normal transitional phase of a woman’s hormone cycle comes at a time when a woman is run down, deplete, nutritionally deficient, unwell or stressed. So for example, if you have been on anti-depressants long term as you come into menopause, or have been dealing with any long term stress that remains unresolved, it is likely that your body and mind will find it harder, and will need more support at this time. It could even be something as seemingly unrelated as suffering whiplash, or having a chronic dental infection preceding peri-menopause that leaves your body less resilient and more susceptible to menopausal symptoms.
Again, if nutrition has been unbalanced, due to a busy life, especially if you have become deplete in minerals and healthy oils, there will not be the resources needed to cope easily at this time. Herbs can be very nourishing and supportive at this time – such as sage, black cohosh, wild yam – as the nutrients in certain herbs at a molecular level mimic our female hormones, triggering balance, which is why they are called phytoestrogens.
The menopause can highlight the need to take care of yourself, and Lorraine offers many approaches that identify what you may need to support you at this time. For example, a Cell Well Being hair scan – using 3 strands of hair – will provide an epigenetic hair report that will indicate what foods and supplements you need for 90 days, to function at optimum.
Magnesium is essential at this time – the correct type and doses supports deeper sleep, stress management, and PMS. A lesser known but excellent benefit is that it strengthens the bladder…
Throughout Menopause, balance is needed to be achieved in our mind, body and energy, so the effective natural approaches that Lorraine offers such as Homeopathy, Kinesiology, sound nutritional approaches including hair mineral analysis or Cell Wellbeing hair scan, Bio-resonance, and hypnotherapy can support you and alleviate your symptoms.
Lorraine Whitby LCPH Homeopath and Integrative Complementary Therapist