Using herbal supplements as a method of treating various medical ailments dates back many centuries. Since the beginning of recorded history, much evidence exists showing how humans and plants have shared a close relationship through botany and medicine.
Ancient texts, such as “The Great Herbs of China” (around 3,000 B.C.), and lists by Ebers Papyrus (1500 B.C.) all list extensively, the benefits of herbal medicine. Even in early Greek literature, the “father of medicine”, Hippocrates (460 – 335 B.C.), listed various plants by their medicinal properties.
Today, many doctors around the world recommend herbal therapy as a viable treatment for the menopause, as opposed to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
Herbs, such as Curcuma Comosa, have been scientifically proven to reduce many of the unpleasant symptoms of the menopause, including hot flashes (hot flushes), tiredness, depression, vaginal dryness and anxiety.
Why choose herbal treatments over HRT?
HRT will reduce hot flushes and night sweats, but those symptoms can return even stronger once you cease HRT. Whilst herbal remedies have shown significant improvements in reducing anxiety and depression, HRT has very little supporting evidence showing its effectiveness in this area. In addition to this, HRT can also cause many negative side effects, including headaches, depression, fluid retention, breast tenderness and various cramps and muscle pains.
HRT has also been shown to increase the risk of developing several different types of Cancer, and has been connected to gallbladder disease. Women, who suffer from endometriosis or fibroids, are heavy smokers or have a history of heart disease and thrombosis, should think carefully before undertaking HRT, and would be well advised to investigate the benefits of using herbal remedies, such as Curcuma Comosa.