If you are suffering from stress and anxiety due to the menopause, you may want to consider supplementing a conventional treatment with natural remedies, such as Ashwagandha.
What is Ashwangandha? It is an adaptogen that helps restore balance in the body - a natural remedy for those who suffer from menopausal symptoms that lead to stress and anxiety.
Whilst medical research continues to evolve, Ashwangandha has bee used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Over 200 studies have shown the health benefits of using Ashwagandha, that is to help to:
Improve concentration and memory
Manage joints pain
Boost energy levels
Reduce the potential of neurological conditions
Improve cognitive functions
Promote new nerve growth
Ashwagandha is available in powder form, capsule, root or liquid form; check your local health shop or high street chemists.
Always check with your GP before taking any types of supplements because some may interfere with the effect of medical treatment (eg for thyroid disease). Pregnant women and those with an autoimmune disease are to avoid Ashwagandha.
Typically, Ashwagandha is taken for a short while and importantly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Side effects may be headaches, poor sleep and stomach upsets – so if anyone experiences any of these or other symptoms, they should stop taking Ashwangandha and contact their GP.
Important: for any herbal supplement, always check that they bear the trademark THR (as in the picture). The THR logo shows consumers that herbal medicine has gone through a rigorous application process, and all HRI Herbal Medicine products have THR approval to assure consumers of the quality of the herbal medicine they are purchasing. The UK government’s regulatory body for medicines, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) runs the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme.