Updated: 2019, Sep 19

Can Herbal Teas Help with Menopause Symptom Relief

Tea is a natural and safe beverage that claims to mitigate annoying menopause symptoms.
Can Herbal Teas Help with Menopause Symptom Relief
A cup of tea, which has been used for many years to help treat menopause symptoms. Shutterstock Images

Overview

One of the oldest treatments for menopause symptoms in women has been infusions of natural herbal remedies in the form of a tea.

These therapies existed long before the development of modern hormone replacement therapies.

But are they effective?

While the various teas used to treat the symptoms of menopause do not correct the underlying causes, many have found relief through their use.

Teas For Menopause Relief

Learn natural ways to ease the discomfort and pain if you’re going through perimenopause or menopause.

Here is a list of the most commonly used herbal infusions and how they help to lessen the symptoms of menopause.

1. Ginseng

Ginseng has been used for hundreds of years as a treatment for menopause symptoms[1]. Research says, it helps to combat the fatigue frequently associated with menopause, by providing an extra boost of energy.

2. Dandelion Tea

It is used to help treat night sweats and hot flashes. The root of the dandelion is used when making tea. It contains phytoestrogens, which act like estrogen in the body. This, in turn, helps lessen the frequency and intensity of hot flashes which are caused by fluctuations in the estrogen levels during menopause. This herb also contains vitamins A, B complex, C, D, iron, zinc, and potassium. It helps as a natural diuretic as well to get rid of any excess water weight.

3. Black Cohosh Tea

This tea helps to help address all of the symptoms of menopause[2]. Research says, Black cohosh is loaded with phytoestrogens, so in essence, it helps as a weaker form of estrogen in the body and helps to bring the hormonal levels back into balance.

4. Mint Tea

It is used to help ease the symptom of cramping. Many women going through menopause experience irregular periods that can present themselves with fury. It helps to lessen the pain associated with irregular and unusually heavy menstrual cycles.

Mint Tea

Mint tea for menopause. Shutterstock Images

5. Ginger Tea

Ginger is a spice that can be steeped into tea form to help relieve the pain associated with menstrual cramping. It is also a great remedy for stomach problems

6. Basil Tea

It is used to treat headaches and pain in the joints. It contains a compound that is known to be a natural pain killer. Thyme is another herb that works in the same way. These herbs can either be used as a tea infusion or as a seasoning in preparing foods.

7. Green Tea

It helps menopausal women to lose excess weight that may be gained during this phase. It contains a high level of antioxidants and is known to help reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes and night sweats.

As per the 2009 study, green tea can be an effective way to strengthen bone metabolism and decrease the risk of bone fractures, especially in women experiencing menopause.

8. Chaste Berry Tea

This herb works to help balance hormone levels by affecting the pituitary gland, lessening the symptoms of menopause.

9. Sage Tea

It is an old remedy that helps to combat hot flashes and night sweats. It is simply made by steeping the leaves in hot water for a few minutes.

10. Licorice

It is used for helping to stabilize estrogen levels. It has been reported to be an effective therapy for the treatment of hot flashes and night sweats.

Caution About Using Hot Teas

A word of caution needs to be mentioned regarding the use of hot teas. The heat from the brew can actually help to bring on hot flashes in some women.

If this is the case with you, you can brew the tea and then cool it prior to consumption. This may help you to get more satisfactory results from the tea.

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Conclusion

Although the various types of herbal teas that are used to treat the symptoms of menopause do not address the underlying causes of the condition, they have been found to be effective in managing the symptoms.

Teas that are rich in the compounds known as phytoestrogens[3] help to serve as a type of estrogen replacement.

This helps to restore a level of balance to the body chemistry, thus alleviating the symptoms.

Many natural herbal teas as mentioned above contain ingredients that help ease some or all of the symptoms associated with menopause.

There are also different commercially prepared blends to help you achieve the maximum results in controlling symptoms.

So the question exists, “Is tea a remedy for menopause symptoms?”

While it is not a cure for this natural condition, by lessening the intensity and frequency of various symptoms and bringing relief from the associated discomfort, the answer is a definite yes.

Tea can be a wonderful and effective remedy for menopausal symptoms.

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Dr. Anna Cabeca

Dr. Anna Cabeca, a triple board certified, Emory University trained physician and hormone expert was diagnosed with early menopause at

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