TimeMagazine reported (July 22, 2002) that the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study has shown for the first time that taking estrogen and progestin together for more than a few years increases a woman’s risk of developing potentially deadly cardiovascular problems and invasive breast cancer among other things. Thousands of women have been prescribed these hormones for menopausal complaints.

While the study indicates that these hormones still may be safe for short-term relief of menopausal symptoms, long term use is no longer recommended.

What’s a woman to do?

Some of the symptoms of menopause, e.g., hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, vaginal dryness, can be safely treated with herbal remedies.

We recommend using the Geng Nian An Wan (7003) formula as the foundation to help balance the reproductive system. This is an ideal constitutional formula for women of any age and is safe for long-term use.

Symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, or dryness can be addressed by combining Gentle Rejuvenator , which balances the kidney function and nourishes the essential fluids of the body. In some cases, the Chinese formula Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan (7020) may be needed in addition to clear the heat from the body.

Mood swings may be helped with Xiao Yao Wan (7018) or Gui Pi Wan (7002) formulas which regulate the Liver. A Liver imbalance is often responsible for PMS symptoms such as breast tenderness, bloating, and irritability.

All these products can be ordered on-line. If you have any further questions regarding the use of these products please email us. We’ll be glad to help you.



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