Ginseng has been used for centuries to help alleviate menopausal symptoms and PMS, as well as boosting memory and concentration. With its ginsenosides -known to boost brain function and blood flow - and phytoestrogens, ginseng is an important tool to fight menopausal symptoms. Keep reading to learn more about its composition, benefits, and potential side effects.
What Is Ginseng?
Native to East Asia, ginseng has been used for centuries in both Japanese and Chinese medicines. The herb was used primarily to fight the effects of memory loss during old age, as well as among women experiencing PMS or menopausal symptoms. The herb was found to boost mental function in older women, and combat common symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, mood swings, and fatigue.
In recent years, ginseng has gained popularity worldwide. It can be found in most grocery store aisles and is used by both men and women. Researchers are just beginning too understand the full potential of the herb.
How Does Ginseng Treat Menopause?
While many menopausal women report that ginseng has a significant improvement on their menopausal symptoms, research on the herb has yet to quantify the reason. Some researchers believe that the herb contains phytoestrogens, a plant compound with a similar molecular structure to estrogen, leading some to believe they can help replace declining estrogen levels in menopausal women, thus relieving symptoms. However, the jury is still out on whether or not this is the case.
Are There Side Effects?
Though ginseng is generally considered to be safe, there have been some studies linking phytoestrogens to an increased risk of breast cancer; however, these have been inconclusive. Taking too much ginseng could lead to minor symptoms like headaches and nausea. Talk to a doctor before taking ginseng with other medications or alternative treatments.
Making a Decision
Is ginseng right for you? Only you can know for sure. Consider other options, talk to other women going through menopause, and consult a doctor before deciding whether to take ginseng. Other options, like lifestyle changes, may be cheaper and possibly more effective.
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