What are perimenopausal symptoms?
Perimenopause is the phase of a woman's life just before the start of the menopause, or at the onset of menopause. In the US, the average age of menopause is 51, while perimenopause can begin in a woman
's late 30s. Most women start experiencing perimenopausal symptoms at around age 45.
The first sign of perimenopause is often a change in the menstrual periods, which is different for each woman. Periods may become longer or shorter, heavier or lighter, more or less frequent. Women can also experience hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, hair loss, dry eyes, vaginal dryness, irritability, mood swings, depression, forgetfulness, insomnia, and a loss of sexual arousal.
What are the causes of perimenopausal symptoms?
Although menopause is associated with a drop in estrogen, perimenopause is characterized by drops in progesterone, leading to signs of excess estrogen rather than deficiency. During this phase, some women may experience a number of physical and emotional changes, called perimenopausal symptoms.
How does Chinese medicine manage perimenopausal symptoms?
In the Chinese medical perspective, when a woman enters her 40s, the kidney essence, which is related to hormones, starts to drop and causes hormone levels to become imbalanced. Our Perimenopausal Symptoms Formula helps to support the kidney system and to soothe the liver in order to balance your hormones and delay your menopause.
Who will benefit from our Chinese herbal medicine for perimenopausal Symptoms?
For how long do I need to take the Perimenopausal Symptoms Formula to see results?
Usually, you will see some improvement within one month, though it may take 1 to 2 months to eliminate perimenopausal symptoms and return your menstrual periods to normal. Then, you can continue to take a low dose in order to support your hormone levels, delay menopause and prevent menopausal symptoms.
Nutrition tips for Perimenopausal symptoms:
To manage hot flashes, night sweats and sleeping problems:
Pomegranate: Contains more estrogen than any other plant source and may also contain homologs of human hormones. It is a rich source of safe bioactive phytoestrogens as well as being a strong antioxidant. Phytoestrogens also appear to reduce the risk of estrogen-linked cancers, such as breast cancer.
Soy: A very high source of phytoestrogens.
Black bean: An alternative to soy bean, it contains about the same level of phytoestrogens.
Flaxseed: Contains a large amount of omega-3 fatty acids and has antioxidant properties, which may stimulate your period by balancing the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body.
Complex carbohydrate vegetables: These include cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. They are all high in fiber and contain indoleic acid, which is known to stimulate the production of progesterone in the body.
Other foods: beans, yam, celery, apple, carrot and seaweed are also rich in phytoestrogens.
To manage mood swings:
Depression is often associated with a low level of serotonin. Eating foods that are rich in carbohydrates can help to raise your levels of serotonin, thereby alleviating depression. Such foods include
wheat, whole grains, lean protein, dairy products, fruits and vegetables.
Bananas and cantaloupe are high in potassium, which may help to combat symptoms of depression that are sometimes associated with the pre-menopausal period.
To improve the quality of sleep:
Increase your intake of magnesium-rich foods, such as
salmon, halibut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, black beans and spinach. Cut back on alcohol and caffeine during the day and avoid them during the evening.