In line with World Menopause day I thought I would repost this from last years.
Over the past few weeks several people have asked me about how the Bach Flower remedies can help with Menopause and perimenopausal symptoms. Can they cure them – NO. Can they help them – YES.
In the past 18 months there have been shortages of HRT but there has also been a move to use more natural remedies and I thought I would give you the opportunity to see the way into this world through my experiences and a totally natural way at dealing with this natural phenomenon.
My story and thoughts
I personally experienced the menopause at 33 after many years of ovarian cysts and emergency surgery for the cysts that had burst. At the time little was known about alternative treatments and I was supplied with HRT as a matter of course, I didn’t even question it. I have to say I felt amazing and 100% better. However, 6 months later following a check-up it was found that I had the developed breast lumps and sadly breast cancer as well. Off the HRT I came and down the slippery slope I went. Cut a long story very short – I came through and was fine but sadly am now suffering from osteopenia because of poor bone density and lack of advice and information.
The feelings and experiences of women vary dramatically but within this article I am going to be giving a generalised overview of the remedies that I would recommend helping you through – naturally totally dependent on your personal feelings and situation. Also, some general suggestions as to what you can do to help yourself and things to ask your GP.
First and foremost, if you are looking to avoid HRT, I would suggest you look at the supplements that are important to you, Black Cohosh is renowned for helping with hot flushes but give it time to work. One month will not be sufficient. Find yourself a good supply of Fish Oil – either through a diet of oily fish 9 at least 3 portions per week, or through supplement – linseed can also help as well. Look at your levels of Vitamin D as well as these can help hugely with bone density but take advice from your GP as well to avoid other complications.
Remedies to think about
Relating to your emotions the remedies I have to offer are as follows: –
Walnut – is our key remedy to help with your way through the menopausal time, this remedy will help protect you from the emotional feelings that this period produces, it is a great leveller and will protect your emotions from outside influences. The menopause is a time of great change within our body and this remedy is there to help ease you through the changes.
Impatiens – very often the menopause can cause huge frustration and irritation within you – little things created within the family home can become mountains and result in major upset. I have noticed whilst working with the remedies that my clients describe the feeling of huge intolerance and frustration both with themselves and others – over things that normally would not cause a problem at all, this remedy will help you to evaluate this and normalise the status quo.
Holly – the remedy to help with the anger that again can be totally uncharacteristic but certainly cause disruption and can all start with the menopausal symptoms – holly will allow you to maintain a calm and peaceful attitude and generally feel much better about all going on around you.
Star of Bethlehem – this is a remedy for shock or trauma and is very useful where the menopause is early in life and for some women it can leave them feeling devastated and this beautiful remedy can just simply restore your sense of calm.
Mimulus – fear of the known – this may seem odd but if you are struggling to come to terms with your diagnosis, some women resent it and they are frightened as it signals to them old age and they find this very difficult to manage. Here Mimulus is a hugely beneficial remedy – to help you find the courage to move forward and face this new phase in your life.
Larch – a remedy for confidence – some women find that this time reduces them to complete emotional wrecks, this beautiful remedy is there for you to restore your self-esteem and allow you accept the fact that you can do all that you need and want to do.
The above is just a summary of some of the remedies that are key for your possible symptoms, and I am sure with discussion we can look more closely at others which could be more appropriate.
For me the main aim is to get the key symptoms under control if you are looking to tackle the menopause in a natural way and this will allow you to maintain a normal lifestyle.
There are 38 remedies in total and amongst them I am sure we can find something to make your life better – one step at a time.