John’s wort is helpful for women who are experiencing mild to moderate depression during menopause by improvement of serotonin levels. As a result, those women who are taking antidepressants of any kind should NOT take St. John’s wort as it could lead to serotonin syndrome.
St. John’s wort can render the birth control pill ineffective. It can also cause photosensitivity so you may need to avoid the sun, wear sunscreen and use sunglasses. Some women may find that it actually makes them feel too relaxed. It is advised to take this herb at night before bed.
St. John’s wort is taken in divided doses at 300-900 mg per day.
5) Maca Root
Maca root is a Peruvian vegetable that is most useful for energy, stamina, and libido. It helps those who are stressed out and exhausted to regain some balance from an herbal point of view. It is not a magic pill. Women still have to take responsibility and be good to themselves.
Maca comes as a pill or a powder and is typically dosed at 500-2000 mg per day. It should not be taken too late in the afternoon or it may interfere with sleep patterns.
These five herbs may be a starting point for those women undergoing mild to moderate hormonal changes and need some non-hormonal support. Herbs generally take some time to work so you may not notice a difference for 60-90 days (2-3 menstrual cycles).
None of these herbs should be used while pregnant.
Talk with your herbal-trained health care provider today to see if these are good options to help you make a smoother hormonal transition.
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Reviewed October 28, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith