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Everything you wanted to know about Menopause but didn't know who to ask.

Q & A

What is Menopause?

Menopause may begin anywhere from approximately age 30 (known as early menopause) to age 58. Childless women often enter menopause earlier than their female relatives who've had children. Menopause is a natural function of the female hormonal system; the opposite of our pre-teen and teenage years when we have symptoms of accelerated hormone production such as growing pains, blossoming figures and acne. As we enter menopause and our hormonal system slows its production, we fear that we'll now start shrinking in height, gain plumper figures, and get wrinkled skin. But this does not necessarily have to be the case.
When childbearing age has passed and the body no longer needs to produce estrogen for fertility, it slows down its production. One of the symptoms of decreasing estrogen levels is "hot flashes." Many women experience these symptoms differently. Hot flashes usually begin when menstrual periods become sporadic, and intensify when periods cease. Some report that their hot flashes are triggered by emotions, or even by a full bladder. Most women report that their hot flashes radiate from either the middle of their back or the center of their chest.

What if I've had a hysterectomy?

Women who've had hysterectomies are normally advised by their doctors to use hormone replacement therapy, no matter what their age might be. Hormone replacement may not be necessary when just the uterus is removed, but if the ovaries are completely removed, estrogen production stops and hot flashes may become a problem.

Endometriosis treatments and hot flashes

Women who are using hormone regulators such as Lupron (normally prescribed for severe endometriosis) may have extreme hot flashes while still in their childbearing years. A six-month course in Lupron injections helps many women to gain a temporary reprieve from the progression of endometriosis. Many Lupron users report other uncomfortable side effects. You can find out more about Lupron treatments from your doctor.

What does HRT do for menopause?

Hormone Replacement Therapy is quite controversial. Once thought to be the secret to eternal youth, now it is being implicated in female reproductive cancers and heart disease. We were led to believe that with HRT, our skin would keep its dewy youthful appearance, our bones would retain their strength, and our minds would stay sharp as a tack. None of these common beliefs have been shown to be true, and the increased risks of breast cancer and coronary difficulties are too high a price to pay for unsubstantiated promises. By using proper nutritional supplements and living a healthy lifestyle, we can live up to our best health potential without drugs or hormones.

What if I've already had breast cancer?

To prevent recurrence, doctors prescribe tamoxifen, which is now believed to be carcinogenic itself. Tamoxifen is a chemical relative of estrogen and may increase the risk of uterine cancer, and does not help reduce hot flashes or help alleviate post-menopausal vaginal dryness. Female reproductive cancers are supported by estrogen, and therefore estrogen-blockers such as Tamoxifen will help slow the spread or growth of these cancers to other parts of the body.

Why is it that Asian women supposedly don't get hot flashes?

The reason why older generations of Asian women haven't suffered from hot flashes is probably not because they eat soy foods daily, but because they have had minimal exposure to estrogenic products and foods that are treated with herbicides, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics. These drug and chemical culprits are believed to act as "estrogen receptors" in the human body. The current overload of environmentally-based estrogens is an insidious detriment to the health of Americans.
For the past 40 to 50 years, the chemical compounds in the categories listed above have been used so heavily in the U.S. to increase yields for livestock and farming purposes that reproductive cancers have become epidemic in this country. Most of North America's dairy products come from cows that are pumped-up with hormones so that they produce milk even when they are not pregnant or nursing a calf. Milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products are a staple in the American diet, while beef and dairy products are not found in the traditional Japanese diet.
So here's the logic: Throughout their lives, Asian women have healthier balanced hormone levels than Western-hemisphere women do. When entering menopause, Asian women simply make the transition from low to lower. Hence, they have fewer symptoms. American women have higher levels of "harmful" environmental estrogens in their bodies, so when entering menopause, these levels drop drastically, causing severe symptoms.

What other help is available for me?

For the millions of women who are now entering their menopausal phase, more viable options are needed to help with hot flashes and other "change of life" symptoms. As a result of intensive research into traditional herbalism and plant medicine, a supplement has been specially designed for the needs of women who have the health concerns outlined above.

The challenge was to find a solution to the complications of menopause which stops hot flashes naturally, without any added plant or chemical estrogens which carry cancer risks. Quite the opposite, our goal was to produce a special menopausal women's supplement that contains herbs which were used traditionally to reverse cancerous conditions and bring back natural hormone balance by flushing out the environmentally-caused "harmful" hormones. Additionally, we achieved our goal of producing a supplement which stops hot flashes without drugs or hormones, naturally increases energy levels without any stimulants, and helps maintain ideal body weight without any bloating or water retention.

How does this detoxification process work?

The body's fluid-waste elimination system is a complex and efficient mechanism that is responsible for using our water intake to flush out unwanted compounds through the kidneys and bladder.
The remarkable natural plant compounds that our panel of expert herbalists and researchers combined for this formulation include native North American herbs that were known to balance hormones, reduce tumors, flush out toxic substances, and strengthen the kidneys and bladder. The following is an alphabetical list of the herbal ingredients in the Meno-Fem® herbal formulation for hot flashes:

Meno-Fem®   Herbal Product Ingredients

Asparagus Root ~ Asparagus racemosus

Strengthening for the female reproductive system, diuretic, and soothing. Used for kidney, bladder and urinary tract irritation. Helps relieve menstrual pain and assists in the balancing of hormones. Also helpful for the detoxification of accumulated waste from the joints, and lower back pain caused by kidney yin deficiency conditions.

Buchu Leaves ~ Barmosa betulina

Antiseptic for the urinary system, a diuretic to treat water retention, with benefits to the bladder and stomach. Also for bloating and indigestion, relief of flatulence, poor appetite, and painful or slow digestion. Stimulates and strengthens the uterus and promotes blood circulation. Also used for candida conditions and vaginal problems. Useful in the prevention of recurring urethritis, cystitis, burning and painful urination.

Cayenne Pepper ~ Capsicum frutescens

Stimulates circulatory, gastric, and immune systems, increases blood flow, tonifies nervous system, boosts metabolism, benefits depression, raises energy, moves sluggish blood, increases flow of nutrients to tissues, helps in the removal of waste products from the body. Regulates blood flow, strengthens arteries, capillaries, heart, nerves. Acts as a potentiator (increases the effectiveness) when used with other herbs.

Cleavers (or Goose Grass) ~ Galium aparine

Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, blood purifier, lymphatic cleanser, stomach stimulant, strengthens the liver. Used in stubborn cases of fibrocystic breasts. Among several herbs which assist the lymphatic and blood systems in eliminating fibroid tissue. A detoxifying agent in serious illnesses such as cancer. Also indicated for conditions where the body fails to rid itself of toxins. Eliminates excess fluid, counteracts inflammation, and external application used in native medicine for cancerous growths and tumors.

Couch Grass ~ Agropyron repens, elymus repens

A gentle, cleansing diuretic and female corrective agent. Lessens frequency and pain in bladder irritation, anti-inflammatory, indicated for cystitis, anti-microbial, used for blood purifying, bladder, kidneys, stomach. As a lymphatic cleanser, general use for healing lymphatic system. Minor indications for lower back pain.

Dandelion Root ~ Leontodon taraxacum

Blood cleanser and purifier, diuretic, calming. Benefits female organs, detoxifies bladder, kidney, and liver. Neutralizes blood acidity, promotes bile flow, clears toxins from the blood. Reduces fluid retention, improves and enriches blood flow to benefit tissues and reduce blood toxicity and infection. Also anti-cancerous, removes waste products from liver and removes toxins in urine. Helps in toxic conditions resulting from over consumption of meat and dairy products. High in potassium and helpful for fatigue. Reduces breast soreness caused by fluid retention, cysts, and tumors. Boosts endurance, relieves gas and digestive disorders, and helps relieve insomnia. Reduces PMS water retention, breast tumors, menstrual cramps, tones female organs, and helps with resolving chronic yeast infections.

Gravel Root ~ Eupatorium purpureum

Reduces tumors, stimulates immunity and bile flow, stabilizes body temperature, clears toxins from blood. Cleanses urinary tract to reduce occurrence of urinary infections.

Uva Ursi ~ Arctostaphylos uva ursi

Actions: Diuretic, astringent, antiseptic. Used for conditions of the liver, bladder, kidneys, and small intestine. Taken for kidney and bladder infections, post-partum uterine infections, and for blood in urine. Acts as an antiseptic and disinfectant for elimination system through kidneys and bladder. Also used for recurring cystitis, to strengthen urinary system membranes, and as a soothing tonic for the urinary system.

Additionally, Meno-Fem® contains the mineral and nutritive ingredients: Vitamin E, 33 I.U.; Vitamin B6, 3mg; Potassium, 15mg; Magnesium, 33mg; Selenium, 7mcg.

References:
Complete Course in Herbalism by Thomas Deschauer (1940)
Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody
Herbs for Health and Healing by Kathi Keville (Rodale/St. Martin's Press, 1996)
Indian Herbology of North America by Alma R. Hutchens
New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman (Barnes & Noble Books, 1995)
Planetary Herbology  by Michael Tierra
Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs (Rodale Press, 1987)
The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Andrew Chevallier (DK Publishing, 1996)
The Little Herb Encyclopedia by Jack Ritchason (Woodland Health Books, 1995)
The Merck Manual of Medical Information (Merck Research Laboratories, 1997)

Note:
Information regarding the herbal ingredients in our products is provided for educational purposes and is not intended for use in self-diagnosis or treatment.

Labeled Precautions:
Our Meno-Fem® herbal supplement product contains herbs which have a diuretic action.
Precautions state that these products are not intended for children, pregnant or lactating women, those with any illness or those taking or requiring any medication. This product and other diuretics should not be taken by those with kidney or bladder diseases. If in doubt, consult a physician before use.


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