Thursday, 22 March 2012

Herbs & Hormone Health (Menopause) - Jill Davis

Posted to YouTube by Nutricentre, Jul 2010.

Presentation summary:

Jill Davis, the presenter, is a herbalist. If M.E. is not enough, she reminds us of the joys to look forward to if we have not yet reached the menopause. Probably a reminder that we should get on top of our M.E. symptoms before the menopause... :(


There are two herbs that Davis particularly recommends specifically for the menopause:


SIBERIAN GINSENG

Not a true ginseng. Safe to take during pregnancy. It can increase white blood cell production and helps energy levels.

Siberian ginseng is an adaptagen. This means it helps the body adapt to the situation it's in. An adaptagen works in harmony with the body, not demanding excess resources, and building up effectiveness over time.



Recommends the Dr. Schulze formula - adding powdered Siberian ginseng to it and consuming it in a shake drink.

For more data on Dr. Schulze natural remedies:


The product which I think Davis displayed was Superfoods:


Spirulina has 9 essential amino acids, is alkaline, has flexible cell walls, and is rich in chlorophyll and magnesium. A lack of magnesium is responsible for muscle twitches, restlessness, and poor sleep. Mentions how it's important not to overheat herbs and nutrients - e.g. not to consume in hot drinks.




BLACK COHOSH

Has a beneficial effect on HPA axis (remember from previous posts, abnormalities with the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal glands are often thought to have a key link in M.E. sufferers). Ideal for the menopause because it reduces hot flushes, and can occupy the empty cell receptor sites that appear when oestrogen is lost during the menopause, meaning that there is less chance for rogue cells to occupy and mutate in them. Black cohosh is also good for maintaining bone density, and good for the central nervous system, heart, and liver.

For more data on Black Cohosh, I came across this useful site on supplements: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/BlackCohosh-HealthProfessional/ . The site is run by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), set up by the US government. You can sign up to a quarterly newsletter through this site. Contrary to Davis insistence on the benefits of black cohosh, this site says that there is not enough long-term study data to ensure the total safe use of black co-hosh. I do note, however, that the data on this particular page of the ODS website was last reviewed in 2008, so there may be more up-to-date studies available that could lend greater credence to the safety of black cohosh.

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