Last Modified on Mar 23, 2015
Treatment of menopause and its symptoms typically involves dietary changes and natural supplements. Making changes to the diet helps balance the body’s natural hormone levels without harsh treatments. Likewise, supplements enhance the body’s nutrient supply and absorption for better overall health.
What is Menopause?
A term that can be defined as the permanent physiological or natural cessation of menstrual cycles, menopause serves as the permanent end of menstruation and fertility in women. A natural biological process, menopause typically occurs in the 40s and 50s and is general defined as occurring 12 months after a women’s last menstrual period.
Menopause is a large life change and involves an extensive transition in the hormones of a woman. As such, the change may bring about several unpleasant symptoms prior to and during the process. Irregular periods, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping, mood changes, weight gain, slowing metabolism, thinning hair, dry skin and loss of breast fullness are all common.
Natural Treatment for Hormonal Health
The change in hormones associated with menopause can serve as a difficult transition for women, which necessitates treatment that is holistic and well-rounded. Effective treatment options include dietary changes and natural supplements to support the body through the process of change. Additionally, staying active and leading a balanced, healthy life limit the effects or symptoms of menopause.
Initially cleansing the body of toxins can help limit the fluctuations many women experience. A liver cleanse is often effective as an initial start to treatment. Eating organic or simply whole, unprocessed foods causes less stress on the digestive system and introduces fewer artificial elements into the body, which in turn, limits the discomfort experienced.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Using apple cider vinegar as a dietary supplement can also help women who are transitioning through menopause. The natural antioxidant properties of apple cider vinegar flushes the body of toxins and boosts the body’s natural functioning. Additionally, the vinegar alkalinizes the body, which may help with headaches, night sweats and hot flashes.
Blackstrap molasses is a nutrient rich serum derived from the sugar refining process. Molasses delivers vital nutrients that improve energy and eliminate inflammation. The treatment may also help with hot flashes and night sweats.
Simply put, menopause is the permanent cessation of a woman’s monthly period. However, much more is involved in menopause than just this one element. Natural treatment options balance the body’s systems to maintain a high level of energy, limited fluctuation in mood and temperature and a smoother transition.
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[YEA] After menopause, I seemed to be bloated in my midsection most of the time. My lower stomach was puffy most of the time. I'm a thin person, and thought this was weight gain due to menopause & quitting smoking. Ond day I took 2 activated charcoal capsules for gas, and I ended up spending a lot of time in the bathroom that day. By that evening, I realized that my stomach was flat again! I figured that the charcoal had detoxified my system!! I will continue to take the charcoal once or twice weekly now. I am extremely happy with the results!!
Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Menopause
Holistic Treatment Ingredients:
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 Teaspoons
- Filtered Water - 16 oz
To address many menopause symptoms, including bleeding issues and hot flashes, try Earth Clinics most popular all-around remedy. Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water that youll sip throughout the day.
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[YEA] I suffer from what I consider extreme hot flashes and night sweats. I don't sleep because of night sweats, so I get headaches its a vicious circle..... Until I started taking 2 tablespoons of ACV before bed and it's freaking amazing! The flashes are still there but have decreased by 95%. I wish I would have known about this 3 years ago. Thank you ACV you have given me back my life.
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Sheridan, Wyoming, Usa
04/21/2014Posted by Ibiza (New York, NY) on 07/10/2010
[SIDE EFFECTS] I have been suffering from hormone disruption that I believe was caused by exposure to environmental toxins. I started having hot flashes 2 1/2 years ago. It took me a while to make the connection between toxins and my body because of my age (in 40's). Anyway, always an advocate of natural remedies, I tried maca. It worked like a dream and my hot flashes disappeared for a few months. Then they returned and the maca no longer worked. To make a long story short, I've tried many different herbs and natural formulas, nothing has worked. I found this site and eagerly tried drinking organic ACV twice daily. I can't remember the amount, I think 1 or 2 tablespoons in water. It worked for one day. What's worse is that it had a HORRIBLE effect on my teeth. Plaque and sensitivity increased. (I have now started oil pulling organic unrefined coconut oil and even after the first time, the plaque on the my teeth that I used to feel with my tongue, has disappeared. What a God-send! I thought that it was downhill all the way, concerning my teeth).
Anyway, after a week of still having hot flashes and feeling my teeth degrade (even after brushing my teeth after drinking the ACV AND also using a straw), I gave up on it. Maybe because the root of my issue is toxins and not a natural reproductive process, the ACV and other remedies are not working. What I have found is that some things work for one day. It's like my body would be curious about the new substance and take a break from producing hot flashes to spend time dealing with the new substance, then, once it figured it out, go back to making the hot flashes. In doing research, I've discovered that my liver has probably been overworked. I now eat a very plain cleaning diet of veggies, fruits, nuts and beans. I think I am overly yang and need to become more yin. I also plan to renew my yoga practice because I know that yoga is SUPER for the liver (especially any forward bend). I can't do a stronger cleanse because it over works my liver causes a greater hormonal imbalance. I also started drinking a quart of sage and milk thistle tea a day. After 2 months of this diet and tea, my hot flashes have been reduced. Now it just seems like I have "heat sensitivity" where if it's hot (and it's been over 90) I get a flash. But if I feel cool, I'm fine. Lastly, along with the hot flashes, the sweating odor was a nightmare. I learned here about using 1/2 of a fresh organic lime to rub over my body (where it was sweating), wait 10 minutes and shower. This has been FANTASTIC! I also use an all natural organic lemongrass soap or the popular peppermint castille soap. But even if I run out of the soap and use another, the lime has performed a miracle. Limes have antibacterial properties that prep my body so that the sweating doesn't create funk.Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
07/11/2010Posted by Abby (San Francisco, Ca) on 04/04/2009
[YEA] I'm so glad I found your website. I am 50 and going through SEVERE menopause. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, hair loss, loss of memory etc. etc. I started the ACV about 5 weeks ago. I used a splash of ACV in ice water and drink glasses of it all day. By the 3rd week no more hot flashes. Then in my 5th week they came back almost as strong as before I started using the ACV. I couldn't figure it out. What had I done wrong? Went back to your website and I realized that I had not exercised the 4th week (I always exercise at least 2x a week). Too busy. I added baking soda (1/4 tsp)to the ACV water today and I love it. The salt in baking soda improves the taste of the ACV water. I'm back on track with the exercise. I've increased the splashes of ACV (approx. 2-3 Tbsp) I am a little worried about the amount of sodium in baking soda. My BP is perfect thank goodness. I also suffer from Allergy induced Asthma. I have not used an inhaler or taken a pill for that in 5 weeks. It's spring time here and everyone around me is suffering with allergies, but not me. Little aches and pains that I had are gone. I think that just as exercise helped us with PMS, exercise will help us with Menopause. My body might be fighting 3 things, Allergies, Asthma and Menopause. So I need to increase my fight. Exerecise, yes. Increase ACV, yes. Baking soda, yes but in limited amounts. I will keep you posted. AbbyPosted by Lynette (Keller , TX) on 08/14/2007
[YEA] I became aware of high blood pressure about a month ago and at that time realised it may have been running high for many months. I had had a high reading twice at the dentist but didn't realise it was of concern. My husband monitors his BP so I had him take mine and it was 132/95. That was exactly four weeks ago. I immediately cut salt out of my diet and probably get less than 500 mg of sodium all day. I cut out sugar in most all forms and began eating lots of veg and fruit, I try to swim and do yoga most days or workout at the gym. I started drinking 2 tsp ACV with honey and distilled water 2 - 3 times a day. Initially with the honey my BP spiked high again and I had a day of feeling really bad. I switched to sweetening the vinegar with stevia and after four weeks my bp reading today was 104/68 - it has been steadily decreasing since the first day of altering my lifestyle. It has read as low as 98 /64. The biggest reductions seem to come from the ACV and from hot yoga. I do feel wonderful, best I've felt in years . The ACV has cleared up an annoying allergy that I have had for at least two years now. I have been doing oil pulling too for the past couple weeks and it also seems to help. Not quite sure which is doing which but I know I have more energy , better focus in addition to the bp reduction. I am 51 and have fewer symptoms from menopause as well.Posted by Ann (Oklahoma City, Ok) on 08/05/2006
[YEA] Was using Apple Cider Vinegar for Asthma and it has taken my hot flashes and night sweats away.Posted by Teresa (spartanburg,sc) on 01/12/2006
[YEA] over a year ago i was diagnosed with severe larynx acid reflux.it was causing sores on my vocal box,chronic coughing, post nasal drip,& etc. i was prescribed prilosec, it helped some but then it stopped working. then i was prescribed nexium which also helped some for awhile then stopped. so then i was prescribed nexium in the morning and zantac150 at night but of course this also stopped working i started taking organic apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons at night and i am completely off of all the prescriptions i was put on. and it works better than any of the other ever did.plus my sinuses have cleared up,no more coughing,no voice loss, and as an extra plus no more hot flashes at night.Posted by Joanie (Akron, Ohio)
[YEA] My cousin's doctor recommended ACV for gout, she passed this website on to me, so I've only been using ACV for about 3 weeks now, and no migraines, no sinus headaches (northeast ohio weather horrible), allergy symptoms have all but disappeared, and FEWER HOT FLASHES (am 47), I don't understand why more physicians don't tell us about this miracle cure-all!"
P.S. my energy levels are off the charts. my 47 year old skin feels like the proverbial "baby's bottom", and I'm losing weight without even really trying!Posted by Diane (Alabama)
[YEA] I tried several over the counter drug store medicines for my hot flashes and they did not work. First I got off coffee, cokes and sugar. Including artificial sugars. and then I did a candida cleanse and colon cleanse.I do not have hot flashes any more. I also drink lots of water and include vinegar in my water everyday."
Click here to find out much more about apple cider vinegar (how much to take, how frequently, etc).
Approval Ratings YEA (3) 100% Posted by Alice (Lincoln, CA) on 10/06/2007
[YEA] I was feeling very bad in many different ways (mostly from anemia) when I found your site. The most pressing problem I was having was high blood pressure and water retention that had come on quite suddenly and was making me feel like I might explode. The DR gave me meds, of course, they really weren't working (avg BP 160/95 with meds)and I thought I should try other methods rather than have him raise the dosage, and besides, why was I suddenly having this problem?
I had tried ACV along with my mother many years ago when I was a teenager to help with winter athritis and sore throats, but I had forgotten about it. So after reading about it on your site, I immediately started by having 2tbls ACV +1/4tsp baking soda and a little agave nectar for sweetner in a mug of hot water. Within a couple hours of my first mug I was up and about feeling better. My grown son could not believe the transformation. He happened to come by for a visit right when I was drinking that first dose and I changed right before our eyes. I'm so glad he was here to see it so I know I'm not imagining things. I continued using it at least twice a day. The first night I felt so good in my skin, it was wonderful. It took several weeks to get off the BP meds, I had only been on them several weeks before starting ACV so I think I had not become dependent on them. Other people should be very careful about changing their BP meds, DR should monitor this. The water retention problem got better and better each day and finally disappeared after a couple weeks. Last BP check at DRs was 135/85, not bad.
Amazingly, and without me expecting it, my hot flashes that had appeared with a vengence at the same time as the high BP, completely disappeared at that first mugful. It took me a couple days to realize it, but I have not had one since, not ONE hot flash since, and they were rolling in just about one an hour, and believe me they were very thoroughly HOT.
I very patiently waited before writing in to you, and it is over 5 months later now, and I have my mug once a day or more, even while staying away from home (I have been sad to leave organic ACV behind in hotel rooms because I don't know of a good way to travel with it by air). I believe my digestion is better and elimination more regular though I would not have said before that I was particularly troubled in that area. It helps my overall sense of well-being. I can certainly tell if I haven't had some for a day-- I just feel off without it.
I have to add, though, sometimes my ACV doesn't sound good, it kind of hits my stomach funny, gives me a hollow feeling, and sometimes I feel like it heats me up, not quite a hot flash, but not desirable for someone who's had too many hot flashes. I don't know what this aversion is all about, but I manage to make myself have some, even if just a more diluted version of it and in cooler water. I am always glad that I did. After reading more, I think I will try the baking soda in water alone, or the lemon juice with baking soda in water next time the ACV just doesn't sound good.
Thank you so much for this site. I am determined to continue trying things until I feel like I remember I once felt--really well and useful.Replied by Kei
10/25/2009Posted by Sarah (Simi Valley, USA) on 09/08/2007
[YEA] Ted, I am 45 years and I have been borderline high blood pressure for 5 years. At my last Dr visit he said I was now in the 1st stage of High Blood pressure and he wanted to put me on medication. He gave me three months to try and get it under control myself. I found this sight three weeks ago and began taking 2 TBL spoons of ACV in 8oz of orange juice every morning. I really have had good results with my diastolic pressure but my systolic is actually higher. Another nice change has been more energy and my skin is nicer...
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Jodie (Oak Park, IL) on 05/23/2008
[YEA] My allergies were the worst ever this spring so after reading about cures on your website I decided to try ACV and cayenne. Not only did it eliminate my allergy symptoms, but the unexpected side benefits are great! My chronically runny nose -gone, constant throat clearing -gone, red rimmed eyes -gone, HOT FLASHES - GONE!My complexion is clearer and I have more energy. This is unbelievable. I use generic ACV and don't feel the need to switch to unfiltered.
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Catlin (Austin, TX) on 08/21/2008
[YEA] 8/21/08 Aging thru Menopause
People always thought my father was our brother because he was blessed with great genetics, looking 10 - 15 years younger than his age and for many years I was the same.
However, when I turned 50, all sorts of aging began to happen. Menopause brought 30 lbs of extra weight, dry, flaky rashy skin, under-active thyroid and bloated stomach, itchy-smelly-flaky scalp, weak tearing nails, diabetes, tinitis, skin rashes, weeping eyes, joint pain, gingivitis with 2 deep gum pockets, hair falling out and not growing, losing hair and eyebrows, lethargy, moodiness, unexplained anger, dark eye circles, insomnia, night sweats, smelly body and breath and the list goes on... Needless to say people were calling me MAAAM and treating me like I was an unattractive old lady. I'm not so vain that I want to be noticed all the time but I certainly did not want to be ignored. Looking for natural skin cleansing remedies, I found your site. Whoa, what a FIND. I have stayed up late almost every night just reading all the testimonials. I have so far tried: VCO, Oil Pulling, and ACV. The results are fantastic: Silky skin, stronger teeth, hair, nails. No joint pain, lessening of tinnitis, no skin rashes, increased energy, body and breath smells great, blood suger stabilizing, losing goiter/thyroid neck, stomach is going down (my husband says), dark spots and eye circles gone, no mood swings, feel happier, lost 3 pounds, teeth whiter and firmer with pink gums (still working on the 2 pockets), scalp itch is receding and my skin looks AMAZINGLY young!--- all of this has happened within these first 10 days! I asked my husband to check out my skin because he knows I constantly battle face rashes and he said, "It looks wonderful with that makeup you have on". I was not wearing any! And guess what? I feel attractive, never mind what others feel, I'm not ignoring ME! 10 days I tell you!
Even as things are getting better, my eyes still weeped and were glazy and itched like the dickins, I didn't want to put anything on them except eye drops which only brought relief for about 30 minutes. So, today I applied ACV onto a cotton ball and lightly swiped my closed eyelids. OH MY GOD! Instant relief! I could even see better; things were not so fuzzy and the constant redness started disappearing; so, this is a work in progress.
Here's what I do internally: I oil-pull 10-15 minutes every morning and evening. I drink 2 TABLSP of ACV in a mug (8oz) of water morning and evening (thru a straw). Around noon, when my energy usually lags, I take 1 tablspoon of VCO. Interestingly, it cuts my appetite and I find myself eating out of habit, not hunger.
Here's what I do externally: After shower, I spray ACV and water onto my skin, let dry, then apply coconut oil lightly all over, then use a light cologne. I apply ACV with a cotton ball onto my face, let it dry, then dab and rub VCO with water on it. I wear no makeup except filling in my eyebrows (until they grow back), and apply lipstick on top of VCO. Each morning I wake up expecting to see a change-back and I don't. Thanks a whole bunch!Replied by Biddy
Co Kerry Ireland, Ireland