Illnesses from A to Z

Menopausal complaints

The menopause is not an illness. It is completely normal that the production of the hormone oestrogen in the ovaries reduces from around the age of 45. This is accompanied by physical changes that occur almost unnoticed in some women, while in others they lead to clear symptoms that, for one in three women, require treatment. The symptoms considered particularly unpleasant include hot flushes, perspiration, mood swings, dizziness, weakness and dry mucous membranes. Hormone replacement therapy for women in the menopause, which was administered virtually as standard until a few years ago, is now only chosen following thorough consideration and with particularly severe symptoms – the risk of side effects, such as a much higher risk of breast cancer, weight gain, water retention and muscular complaints, is too high.

Alternatively, what are known as phytoestrogens, i.e. plant-derived, hormone-like active substances, and medicinal mushrooms, are increasingly being used. They can also be taken without any problems for a prolonged period of time. A balanced diet rich in minerals, sufficient exercise and sleep, as well as the incorporation of intentional relaxation phases in the daily routine, are particularly important for women in the menopause. If necessary, psychological guidance can help to view the menopause not as a loss of youth but as the transition to a new stage of life that should be considered equally positive. In cultures that are unfamiliar with the “obsession about youth” that is widespread here, it is interesting to note that hardly any women suffer from menopausal complaints.

Medicinal mushrooms for menopausal complaints

The use of Reishi for menopausal complaints is explained by its soothing and relaxing effect on the vegetative nervous system. It can help to alleviate mood swings, insomnia, nervousness and cardiovascular problems. This also has an effect on hot flushes that increasingly occur with mental and physical stress. Reishi also reduces the negative effects of oestrogen deficiency on bone density.

Hericium can be used well to regulate mood swings, sleep disorders and hot flushes. It can also counteract changes to the mucous membrane in the vagina and bladder caused by hormones.

Cordyceps has a regulating effect on the endocrine system and can thus be used very well during the menopause. The parallel application, for instance, of hormone patches can and should stop.

Our suggestions about the usage of medicinal mushrooms is no substitute for treatment from a doctor or alternative practitioner. Medications currently being taken or ongoing treatments should not be stopped without first consulting your doctor or alternative practitioner.