In Menopause a high amount of our time is spent on trying to lift our mood and reduce our anxiety and nervous tension. What would you turn to if you are not willing or able to take prescribed medication? Well, studies have been carried out involving over 3,120 people with depression with analysis of data collected from 27 studies. It was found that St John's Wort extracts were just as effective in improving the symptoms as were the prescribed antidepressants. There were no differences between treatments in clinical responses, remission or reduction in depression scores. What was important however, was that St John's Wort extract had a significantly lower rate of side effects than SSRI's and the people undertaking the tests who were taking St John's Wort remained on the programme much longer than those that were taking antidepressants. Therefore researches concluded that this extract had superior safety in the treatment of mild to moderate depression.
In Menopause St John's Wort can help to improve your psychological and physical symptoms, which include hot flushes, low moods, anxiety, low sex drive and fatigue. It has been reported that women also feel an increase in self-esteem, self-confidence and self-respect when taking St John's Wort.
St John's Wort works by helping to prolong the action of neurotransmitters in the brain. These include serotonin and dopamine to name but a few.
A Few Facts:
* Named after the feast day of St John the Baptist as the herb flowers around the 24th June. The word "wort" comes from an old English word for herb or plant.
* Take St John's Wort alongside Black Cohosh for meopause and Agnus Castus for PMS.
* Native to Europe and Asia.
* Used as a wound herb since the Crusades.
* Botanical Name: Hypericum Perforatum. When sourcing complimentary medication it is good practice to try and check out the botanical name on products. If you are not sure find your local herbalist or go to Wikipedia!!
NB: IF you are considering trying St John's Wort please look for the product that states they are THR registered for quality assurance.
Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. May cause gastrointestinal disturbances or allergic reaction; Can interact with many prescription drugs, including the contraceptive pill. This herb is photosensitive so if applying topically do not have sun exposure.
* Always consult your GP if you think you may be suffering from depression or similar.
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I have lost my journal ! The journal that helps to keep me from going bonkers! I am not sure which day i am on in my cycle, but think I must be coming into Autumn, which is around Days 15-21, as I am just about keeping the need to fall on the floor and cry at bay.
Why is it that even when I know exactly what is going on, it's still so hard to cope with. My learnings of peri and menopause has been invaluable to my sanity, but still it creeps up and bites me on my fat bum.
I have no willpower at the moment. I really need to lose about 15lbs before January otherwise it's yet another pair of Sallopettes on the shopping list!! Last year I was ON IT. Full of determination. This year it has gone to rats even though I know SOOOO much more about what is happening to me! Am I still fighting it subconsciously? Not letting my body and mind flow with peri-menopause? Am I getting closer to the beginnings of menopause? I am still regular as clock work in my cycle but my bleeds, apart from Day 1, are light and last about 3 days then very minimal to the point of no protection till day 5. I have a knot in my tummy that I feel is anxiety it & just sits there rising up and down like a flippin yoyo that can't quite yoyo.
I am feeling frustrated in my work, although I love what I do now! If I could have my autumn cycle days just curled up in bed only getting up for a wee and food I would :-)
I am following a 5 day manifestation challenge. Today is Day 3 and I am asking the universe to manifest something that I want to see. But my mind is blank. Or is it? I am over thinking? But nothing pops into my head and this is just another thing to get frustrated about.
Having learnt so much, helping and supporting other women on their meno journey, one would be forgiven for thinking I have it cracked. I don;t think we can ever crack it though. Even those on HRT still have a whole set of problems and where anxiety still seems to be prevalent.
Therefore my own diagnosis is that We can just be there for one another; emphasis, listen, hold space for one another. Give your mate her favourite tipple and chocolate bar, despite it being the worst thing for us in menopause (heehee).
If any of this resonates with you and feel the need to share and get it off your chest, please feel free to comment. Big hugs to my meno buddies and bright blessings xx
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The name Chakra is of Arabic origin, the meaning of which is "energy center of the body".
Pauline Wolfe - Currently perimenopausal; passionate; creative; loves to write; sketches for down time; down to earth & likes to write in layman terms! Moved to Malvern 3 years ago from Central South seaside, married 2 years to born & bred local builder. Two grown up children, 3 grandchildren!