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Turmeric, Sage, Rosemary – Do Herbs Really Work During Menopause?

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When it comes to herbs and menopause, can you use herbs to help with the signs and symptoms?

And the answer is…absolutely, emphatically yes!

However, another key point here is that the quality of herbs for menopause on the market can vary. For this reason, it’s important you look for assurances such as ‘Scientifically Researched’.

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The history of herbs and menopause

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Healing herbs have been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine. And longstanding rituals have seen them ease menopause symptoms and improve quality of life for women.

Therefore, herbs for menopause are nothing new. Indeed, many holistic practitioners and those in the know embrace the power of herbs during menopause. For example, some popular ‘menopause’ herbs include turmeric, sage and rosemary.

What’s more, these herbs are supported by scientific data i.e.

  • Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is widely touted as an anti-inflammatory. However, a 2021 study found it could also be helpful for cardiovascular health in post-menopause1.
  • Rosemary is rising up the ranks and clinical effects have been found for mood, memory, pain, anxiety and sleep2.
  • Sage has demonstrated clinical value for the treatment of hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms3.

And sage is one of the herbs in the Scientifically tested EstroG-100™ we use in 40+ and 55+.

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How MenoMe® uses herbs during menopause

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At MenoMe® we take a natural, holistic approach to managing menopause. And the superheroine ingredient in 40+ and 55+ is a trio of herbal root extracts known as EstroG-100™.

There is compelling evidence for their efficacy as they’re supported by three published pharmaceutical-grade clinical trials. For instance, ‘the effect of herbal extract (on pre-, peri- and post-menopausal women’4 is freely available online. (See references.)

Because of these studies, EstroG-100™ has been approved for use as safe by Health Canada, US FDA and Korea FDA. It has patent registration in the US, Korea and Japan and is patent pending in 16 other countries.

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The herbs in EstroG-100™ for menopause explained

As I have noted, we use a well-researched and clinically proven trio of herbs known as EstroG-100™ in 40+ and 55+.

The threesome includes a sage-like herb (Phlomus Umbrosa), a climbing vine (Cynanchum Wilfordii) and Angelica (Angelica Gigas Nakai). Moreover, they have a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Korean herbal tradition.

EstroG-100 herbs

1. Cynanchum Wilfordii (Milkweed – climbing vine)

Cynanchum Wilfordii or Baeksu-o means ‘white hair becomes black again’ in Korea. And the roots are used as a traditional women’s health herbal treatment. It’s been shown to improve cardiovascular health, vitality, the immune system, epithelial function and protect the liver and corticol neurons.

2. Phlomis Umbrosa (Jerusalem sage)

Phlomis umbrosa is a herbal root extract known as sokdan in Korea which means ‘reconnecting something discontinued’. Significantly, it’s been used for women’s health and as a detoxification aid for thousands of years. Further, Phlomus Umbrosa has been shown to discourage mast cell secretions and histamine.

3. Angelica Gigas Nakai (Angelica)

Known as dangui in Korea, which means ‘going back to the normal state’ angelica gigas nakai is a traditional women’s health remedy. Also known as ‘female ginseng’ it regulates estrogen levels. Additionally, it’s beneficial in the treatment of insomnia, heartburn, arthritis, nervousness, cognition, inflammation, blood circulation and anaemia.

How does EstroG-100™ work?

EstroG-100™ acts like what is known as a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) to regulate estrogen metabolism.

The mechanism of SERM also supports bone density and human growth hormone levels. As a result, it protects against loss of bone density, osteoporosis and cardiovascular conditions.

Scientific testing demonstrated that EstroG-100™ significantly improved at least 10 different symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. These include hot flushes, paresthesia, nervousness, melancholia, vertigo, fatigue, rheumatic pain, formication and vaginal dryness.

Furthermore, no severe adverse effects or change in body weight were reported. Additionally, there was an improvement in the Kupperman Menopause Index (KPI). The KPI scale measures quality of life.

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Conclusion

To sum up, when it comes to menopause there is no one size fits all although the use of herbs during menopause has been shown to have benefits.

However, the results women get from taking herbal remedies during menopause and indeed any pharmaceutical treatment can vary.

But this shouldn’t be confused with the idea that menopause and herbal remedies aren’t effective.

And while several herbs are traditionally used to support women in menopause some come with question marks or potential risks.

As shown above, the EstroG-100™ we use in 40+ and 55+ is backed by trustworthy clinical trials.

It also has a very high safety profile.

In fact, it can even be used by women who have had – or are at risk of – hormone-dependent breast cancer.

We hope that helps. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

To view, all of the clinical trials click here.

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References

  1. Campbell MS, Fleenor BS. The emerging role of curcumin for improving vascular dysfunction: A review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2018;58(16):2790-2799. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2017.1341865. Epub 2017 Aug 21. PMID: 28662351.
  2. Ghasemzadeh Rahbardar M, Hosseinzadeh H. Therapeutic effects of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) and its active constituents on nervous system disorders. Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2020 Sep;23(9):1100-1112. doi: 10.22038/ijbms.2020.45269.10541. PMID: 32963731; PMCID: PMC7491497.
  3. Bommer S, Klein P, Suter A. First time proof of sage’s tolerability and efficacy in menopausal women with hot flushes. Adv Ther. 2011 Jun;28(6):490-500. doi: 10.1007/s12325-011-0027-z. Epub 2011 May 16. PMID: 21630133.
  4. Chang A, Kwak BY, Yi K, Kim JS. The effect of herbal extract (EstroG-100) on pre-, peri- and post-menopausal women: a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Phytother Res. 2012 Apr;26(4):510-6. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3597. Epub 2011 Sep 2. PMID: 21887807.

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.