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Mar

Womens’ Health & Holistic Medicine

Holistic medicine combines conventional and alternative methods of medicine to prevent disease, treat illnesses, and promote health. Read below to learn how holistic medicine can be used to promote women’s health:

Menopause 
Menopause refers to the natural biological process that results at the end of the menstruation cycle. While menopause is not a medical illness, it causes a number of physical and emotional side effects, such as sleep disturbances, mood swings, increased abdominal fat, and thinning hair. Fortunately, holistic medicine offers a number of herbal treatments to combat the symptoms. Botanicals such as phytoestrogen, black cohosh, and vitamin E are some of the most popular holistic treatments used to address menopausal symptoms.

Menstrual Cramps 
Also known as dysmenorrhea, menstrual cramps are dull cramps in the lower abdomen that occur before or during menstrual cycles. Holistic medicine offers a number of natural remedies to alleviate menstrual cramps. Some of the most popular treatments include increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E, and vitamin B1. Acupuncture has also been shown to help alleviate menstrual cramps.

PMS 
Holistic medicine also helps to alleviate the symptoms of PMS, or premenstrual syndrome. Some of the symptoms include headache, abdominal bloating, water retention, depressed mood, anxiety, anger, and insomnia. Many women can combat the symptoms by taking calcium supplements, magnesium, and evening primrose oil.