Complimentary therapies

Many women who are going through the menopause resort to a variety of treatments which include self help via a few lifestyle changes and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

But there are other women who choose to use complimentary remedies such as yoga, medication and herbal medicines known as ‘botanical products’.

These botanical products are discussed in greater detail within this section of the guide.

Other forms of alternative treatment include Reiki, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, aromatherapy and homeopathy.

There are mixed opinions regarding complimentary therapies with some people viewing them as little more than ‘quack medicine’whereas others claim that they are safe and useful at treating a range of conditions.

Supporters of complimentary medicines argue that their drugs are made from natural substances such as plant extracts which means that they are unlikely to cause any side effects.

But opponents argue that not enough is known about these remedies and that they do, in fact have side effects, some of which are extremely serious.

If you are thinking of taking a herbal remedy, for example ginseng, then speak to your GP or local pharmacist before you do.

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