Water retention, mood swings, sore breasts, and indigestion are problems experienced by many women in the week preceding menstruation. Here are a few tips from Susun Weed’s best-selling book, Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (Alternatives for Women 30-90) to help ease these discomforts.
The herb is mainly known as a remedy used by women. I will concentrate on its effects for PMT and menopause – its main uses today.
The effect it has on female hormones is largely a balancing effect. This ‘normalising’ influence makes it useful in a wide range of situations. And it can be helpful for a large proportion of the time – some studies indicate improvements in symptoms for 90% of sufferers from PMT.
There are literally hundreds of different species of Sage. The one most often found in your back yard, Salvia officinalis & common sage, better known as a culinary herb, has impressive therapeutic properties – especially for female hormones and menopause.
In its native country, China, dong quai is the next best selling herb to licorice, where millions of women are reputed to take it every day as an invigorating and blood purifying tonic. The term ‘female ginseng’ is often used by herbalists when referring to dong quai and its tonifying properties.