If you ask any woman what her largest complaint was about menopause, it would be answered with mood swings. These occur due to the fact of hormonal fluctuations as the body tries to find a new balance. At times the symptoms can become so unbearable that women seek help in any way they can. Many women will turn to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in order to get a sense of relief. However, they may not realize that HRT can increase your risk for developing cancer, and that many of the side effects are worse than the original symptoms. Oftentimes the symptoms are the very same ones you’re trying to cure. This is why it is not a recommended course of treatment, especially when there are many other options available.
Five natural remedies for treating mood swingsReduced estrogen production is the root cause of menopausal mood swing, and the key to relief is to create a balance. This can be done naturally by making a few changes in your lifestyle, and by the use of herbal remedies. Remember these are just a few, of the many, non-medical remedies.
1. ExerciseAll it takes is 20-30 minutes a day to restore balance in the body. Exercise offers not only stress relief but exercise can boost the production of endorphins. Stop mood swings in their tracks by moving your body, as a bonus you’ll burn calories too.
2. Tissue saltsCell salts are another name for tissue salts, and they are considered an alternative remedy. In use since the 1800′s, tissue salts are composed of 12 different salts found in human tissue. The remedy helps to restore, and balance the body on a cellular level. You can find them where other homeopathic medicines are, but they are not classified as a homeopathic treatment.
3. Passiflora herbs or teaThe more common name is passionflower, and when taken internally it acts like an anti-depressant. In fact the Native Americans used this treatment, and passed on the knowledge to the European settlers. It can be taken as a tea or in capsule form to treat mood swings, mild depression, and also insomnia.
4. Talk to family, friends, join a support group, or seek a professionalOftentimes women bottle everything up, the pain, the stress, emotions, you name it. Somewhere along the lines, the image of woman was replaced with super woman, yet we are still just women. Talk to a family member or close friend, and let them know what is going on. Join a support group of women who are going through menopause to know you’re not alone. Lastly, don’t be afraid to see a doctor or seek a mental health professional.
5. Take St. John’s Wort for stabilityThis herbal remedy has been used for many years by both women and men for mental well being. In fact it can be traced back to ancient Greece. It is commonly prescribed in Germany, for treatment of mild depression. It’s commonly available in a few different forms; capsule, tablet, teabags, and tinctures.
Final thoughtsThere are many natural treatments available to treat your mood swings. While some remedies may work for some women, they may not work for all women, so it might take some experimenting to find what works best. Remember that if you feel your symptoms are becoming worse, or that your mood swings are very severe to seek help from a licensed professional.