St John’s Wort has been used since the middle ages as a valuable relaxing herb. It also has long-lasting tonic effects on the whole Nervous System.
Its main properties are for mild depression and for menopause. Most people have heard of it with regard to depression. There are some well-proven benefits for this.
This is what most people know St John’s Wort for – it has become the product of choice for mild to moderate depression. We examine this in the article.
Herbs to detox the liver have become very popular, especially since the widespread use of milk thistle over the past twenty years. I remember in the early 1980’s when milk thistle was really little known – and it certainly was not generally found in shops in the UK.
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.
For treatment of menopause natural remedies would be the first choice of many women – before deciding to fall back on using drugs. The natural approaches very often relieve symptoms – if they don’t eliminate them altogether.
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.
Menopause symptoms start to affect about 8,000 western women each day, as they enter the menopause. Menopause symptoms can raise a variety of concerns and fears.
Uncertainty and misinformation about menopause abound. Emotional strains are heightened by the all too apparent physical and mental symptoms a woman can experience.