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During perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause, women can experience a range of unwanted side effects, including mood swings, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, headaches, muscle aches, hot flashes, night sweats, sexual changes and weight gain. These symptoms are thought to be caused by declining levels of estrogen in the body. Traditionally, women

have been treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but with rising concerns about its safety, many women are looking for holistic treatments instead.

Holistic remedies are natural remedies that are accomplished without synthetic drugs. They can include lifestyle changes, diet, exercise, alternative treatments or herbal teas. The goal is to work with the body and provide remedies that do not entail unwanted side effects, unnatural chemicals or health risks. Many women elect to try a combination of holistic remedies at first as they experiment to find out what works best for them.

Relaxation Therapy
Stress is thought to be a major trigger in perimenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, anxiety, sleep disturbances and headaches. Yoga, massage, meditation, visualization, hypnosis and deep breathing exercises are regarded as effective treatments to relieve tension and teach valuable techniques to deal with daily stress. A peaceful demeanor also helps prevent mood swings, which are common during perimenopause.

According to Heartspring.net, one of the best ways to get a good night’s sleep and relieve depression and anxiety is to get at least 30 to 40 minutes of exercise a day. Regular workouts can also reduce hot flashes and help treat other menopausal symptoms like weight gain, fatigue and bone loss.

Dietary Changes
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Because your risk of osteoporosis and heart disease increases at this time, a healthy diet is more important than ever.” They advise adopting a low-fat, high-fiber diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and calcium. Avoiding alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods such as cayenne, ginger and peppers is also recommended because they dilate blood vessels, which can trigger hot flashes or make them worse. Adding soy to your diet is a good choice because it contains natural, plant-based estrogen, which can help relieve some perimenopausal symptoms.

Herbal Remedies
Certain herbs can help with menopausal symptoms by putting mild plant estrogens or hormones back into your system. Black cohosh and primrose oil are popular supplements. Other herbal remedies include dong quai, ginseng, motherwort, caste tree or Vitex, chickweed, hawthorn berries and dandelion. As with any herb, check with your doctor first to make sure it is safe.

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