Managing Menopause with Red Clover Tea

BuddhaTeas Red Clover Tea For Menopause

In centuries past, women experiencing many of the common reproductive ailments relied upon healing herbs to find their relief. Herbalists regularly prescribed a variety of herbs to aid whatever malady a woman faced. For menstrual cramps, a tisane prepared from raspberry leaves was the common prescription.

Anise seed could be relied upon to improve lactation in new mothers. For women who had reached the onset of menopause, the herbalist’s recommendation often went to red clover. With its various useful properties, red clover tea can bring relief to many of the common effects of menopause, and can help to make the transition through menopause naturally smoother.

Understanding Menopause

As the female body phases out of reproductive years, a number of changes occur in the body. Hormone levels fluctuate, bringing an end to fertility, but also affecting various other systems as the body readjusts the changing hormone levels. A slowed metabolism is common, as are changes in mood and sleep patterns. Hot flashes and night sweats are two of the most common symptoms associated with menopause, although the exact cause of hot flashes is not yet known. Weight gain, lower bone density and an increased risk in cardiovascular disease are also some of the more serious side effects that can appear during menopause. In total, menopause lasts roughly a year, though some symptoms may persist once menopause is over.

Finding Relief in Red Clover Tea

Many women have used red clover tea as a natural way to alleviate the symptoms of menopause. Red clover tea is known to contain phytoestrogens, which are plant-based compounds that exhibit an estrogenic effect in the body. Consuming these phytoestrogens may help to compensate for the diminishing levels of estrogen in the body, thus reducing the frequency of many unpleasant side effects. Some women have found that regular consumption of red clover tea may naturally reduce the frequency of hot flashes and night sweats. The flowers of red clover also offer a natural sedative effect, which can be useful for women whose sleep cycles are affected by menopause. Furthermore, preliminary studies suggest that red clover can increase the level of HDL or “good” cholesterol in the blood; as the level of good cholesterol can decrease during menopause, this effect is highly valuable for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.

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