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Phytothérapie et ménopause : les plantes à connaître - article Gapianne

Phytotherapy: plants that relieve the symptoms of menopause

It's no secret that the power of plants to improve female well-being, and more broadly, is very real. That's why we're excited to bring you our guide to using herbs to relieve menopause symptoms . Menopause is a natural turning point in a woman's life, often marked by uncomfortable symptoms due to declining estrogen levels. Fortunately, certain plants offer natural and effective relief, acting as true allies during this transition period that is menopause. Moreover, the use of plants to heal has a name: phytotherapy. Quickly discover these wonderful plants and their benefits for menopause.


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Phytotherapy and menopause, what is the connection?

Estrogen deficiency during menopause

First of all, it is important to remember that menopause causes estrogen deficiency because of the cessation of the regular production of female sex hormones. This deficiency is a natural stage which marks the end of fertility.

And guess what? It is this hormonal decrease that leads to the symptoms and physiological changes of menopause. Hot flashes, genitourinary problems (vaginal dryness, vaginal irritation, pain during sexual intercourse), sleep disorders, mood instability, reduced bone density... estrogens are the main culprits for these inconveniences.


The role of phytoestrogen plants during menopause

Now that we know the cause, what is the relationship between the drop in estrogen at menopause and phytoestrogen plants ?

The answer is simple: phytoestrogen plants have the power to act in the same way as estrogen ! This is why they are used to manage changes during menopause.

Phytoestrogens are therefore natural compounds found in certain plants and plant foods that are capable of binding to estrogen receptors in the human body. Said that they thus exert “mild estrogenic activity”. This helps alleviate the symptoms associated with estrogen deficiency in menopause that we saw later. In addition, phytoestrogens help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Integrating these plants into your daily life can therefore help you go through menopause more peacefully.


Herbal medicine as a natural treatment for menopause symptoms

Treating yourself with plants has a name: phytotherapy. This age-old practice is based on the use of different parts of plants (leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, bark) as well as their extracts to improve health and well-being. It is also recognized as a branch of alternative and complementary medicine because it combines traditional knowledge and scientific research and makes it possible to exploit the therapeutic powers of plants.

Phytotherapy is therefore a natural, hormone-free treatment to manage the symptoms of menopause.

It can take various forms, depending on the plant used, the active component targeted, and the type of symptoms to be treated. Here are the most common forms:

  • Herbal teas or infusions
  • Decoctions
  • Oils
  • Capsules
  • Creams
  • Essential oils
  • Inhalations

Phytotherapy is therefore a natural alternative to hormonal treatments for menopause which proves to be very interesting for getting through this often very complicated period.


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Herbs to naturally treat menopause symptoms

What herbs can help you naturally relieve your menopausal symptoms? Hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, dryness, pain during intercourse… each symptom can be reduced thanks to the active ingredients of certain plants!


For hot flashes and night sweats

Hot flashes are one of the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. They manifest themselves as a sudden feeling of extreme heat accompanied by sweating. For those seeking natural treatments to relieve hot flashes , certain herbs can offer significant relief.


Flax seeds

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, flaxseeds are known for their beneficial properties on various aspects of health, including their ability to reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women. Research involving 140 women who included flaxseed in their diet for three months revealed a notable improvement in menopause-related symptoms as well as an improvement in quality of life. These results suggest that the active components of flaxseed may play a key role in modulating menopausal symptoms.



Among the natural remedies traditionally used to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of menopause, medicinal sage occupies a special place, particularly for its presumed effectiveness against hot flashes and night sweats. It is also known for its medicinal properties. Sage has long been valued for its ability to reduce excessive sweating, a benefit particularly relevant for women navigating the often turbulent waters of menopause.

How does sage work? It acts through a complex mechanism of binding to GABA/benzodiazepine receptors in the brain, which helps relieve hot flashes and sweats through its effects which mimic those of estrogens.


Red clover

Red clover , scientifically known as Trifolium pratense, is another herb that has gained popularity for its role in naturally treating menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flashes. This plant is notable for its richness in isoflavones , a class of phytoestrogenic compounds known for their ability to mimic certain actions of estrogen in the body. Because of this uniqueness, red clover is often considered a natural way to help rebalance hormones in menopausal women. Research also indicates that red clover significantly reduces the frequency and intensity of hot flashes, while having benefits for cardiovascular health and bone density.



Soybeans , also known for their richness in isoflavones, help manage hot flashes. Regular consumption of soy, a common practice in Asian regions, has been associated with a notable reduction in vasomotor disorders compared to Western women, thus suggesting a beneficial effect of isoflavones on menopausal symptoms. These phytoestrogenic compounds, including daidzein, glycitein, and genistein, have been shown to significantly decrease the frequency and intensity of hot flashes in menopausal and postmenopausal women.


Black cohosh

Black cohosh , or Actea racemosa L., is commonly used in North America for the treatment of hot flashes. Its hydroalcoholic root extract is recognized for its effectiveness in this context. Renowned institutions such as German health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) validate the use of black cohosh to manage "climateric symptoms such as hot flashes, profuse sweating, sleep disturbances and nervous irritability. Additionally, the North American Menopause Society recommends it, in addition to a healthy lifestyle, as a treatment for mild menopause symptoms.



We can also add hops to the list! Hops, or Humulus lupulus L., is mainly known for its calming properties , but it is also effective in treating hot flashes and sweating. This plant contains a variety of bioactive compounds, including terpenes, bitter acids, flavonoid glycosides, catechins, and prenylated chalcones, which contribute to its therapeutic properties. The key component, 8-prenylnaringenin, has estrogenic activity that plays a crucial role in reducing menopausal symptoms.

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For insomnia

Insomnia and other sleep disorders during menopause are also symptoms that can cause many inconveniences in daily life, and create a snowball effect by causing extreme fatigue . Fortunately, there are also plants to treat insomnia during menopause.



Valerian is effective against insomnia and sleep disorders linked to menopause . It works by improving the quality of sleep and reducing anxiety thanks to its influence on the GABA system of the brain, promoting a sedative effect. A study of postmenopausal women showed that taking 530 mg of valerian extract twice daily for four weeks significantly improved sleep. Around 30% of participants noted an improvement, compared to 4% for the placebo, highlighting its potential as a natural solution to menopausal sleep disorders.



Passionflower , Passiflora incarnata L., can also be a natural treatment for insomnia, especially linked to anxiety or agitation. Its flavonoids provide a sedative effect which promotes restful sleep by modulating neurotransmitters associated with stress. In addition to helping manage anxiety, passionflower has been shown to help with menopausal symptoms like hot flashes that disrupt sleep. Also recommended in combination with other calming plants, it offers a gentle approach to improve the quality of sleep without the disadvantages of drug treatments.



And yes, hops are also appreciated for their relaxing properties , particularly in the treatment of insomnia. Its terpenes and flavonoids contribute to its soothing effect, making it easier to fall asleep and improving the quality of sleep. Hop extract is often used in blends with other calming herbs, such as valerian, to maximize its sleep benefits. Studies suggest that hops may help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and increase sleep duration, making it useful for those seeking a natural solution to insomnia.


Hemp (CBD)

Hemp, which therefore contains CBD , is increasingly recognized for its beneficial properties in the treatment of sleep disorders, particularly insomnia. This non-psychoactive component of cannabis works by interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate mood and reduce anxiety, factors often linked to sleep difficulties. CBD also promotes relaxation and reduces the time it takes to fall asleep thanks to its calming effects. Studies show that CBD can improve sleep continuity and reduce nighttime awakenings. It allows you to spend a more restful and restorative night.

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For mood disorders

Mood disorders, such as irritability, anxiety, and mood swings, are among the symptoms commonly experienced during menopause. They can significantly affect well-being and quality of life. Fortunately, certain plants offer beneficial properties to moderate these disorders in a natural way.



Hawthorn , scientifically known as Crataegus laevigata L., is renowned for its benefits on the cardiovascular system, but it also has a role to play in the natural treatment of mood disorders . The sedative properties of hawthorn act on the central nervous system, helping to reduce anxiety and nervousness. This calming action makes hawthorn a valuable ally for those going through periods of stress or agitation, particularly during menopause. In addition to its effects on mood, hawthorn can promote better quality of sleep, contributing to a calmer and more balanced state of mind.



We still find the passion flower . This plant also has beneficial effects on anxiety and mood disorders. Its active components, notably flavonoids, have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce symptoms of anxiety and promote relaxation. Passionflower is particularly useful for people who experience nighttime awakenings or who have difficulty falling asleep, as it helps establish a state conducive to rest. Its ability to induce relaxation without the typical side effects of anti-anxiety medications makes it a preferred option for managing the emotional tensions associated with menopause.



Because never two without three: hops! In the list of its many benefits, we find its ability to soothe anxiety. Hops contain compounds that have a calming effect on the brain, helping to relieve irritability and restlessness. For menopausal women who suffer from mood disorders , hops can offer natural relief and promote restful sleep, two keys to maintaining healthy emotional balance. Its use, often combined with that of other plants such as valerian, allows its effectiveness to be optimized.



Ginseng is a root known for its adaptogenic properties, that is to say its ability to help the body adapt to stress. By positively influencing hormonal balance and strengthening the stress response, ginseng can improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression often exacerbated during menopause. It contributes to a feeling of vitality and well-being, reducing fatigue and increasing resilience to daily emotional challenges. Its regular consumption as a food supplement can therefore play a significant role in the management of mood disorders linked to menopause.

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For genito-urinary problems:

Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GUMS) is a term that describes a group of symptoms related to genitourinary changes resulting from menopause. This syndrome is also known as vulvovaginal atrophy . It is caused by the decrease in these famous estrogen levels, which can affect the tissues of the vagina and lower urinary system. Symptoms may include:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Discomfort or pain during sex (dyspareunia)
  • Vaginal itching or irritation
  • Burning sensation in the genital area
  • Increased urinary infections
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Urinary incontinence

To prevent these menopausal conditions, here are some herbal products that can help.


Herbal vaginal moisturizers

We thus find plant-based vaginal moisturizers which are specially formulated to combat vaginal dryness . These products contain plant extracts such as aloe vera, calendula or witch hazel, known for their moisturizing and soothing properties. They are designed to be used regularly to maintain hydration and improve the elasticity of vaginal tissues, while respecting the sensitivity and natural pH of the intimate area.

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CBD lubricants

CBD lubricants are effective for dyspareunia or other pain experienced during sex. CBD is used for its anti-inflammatory effects which can help reduce inflammation and sensitivity of vaginal tissues. Additionally, its analgesic properties can offer pain relief during intercourse. On top of all that, it even increases the sensations tenfold 😉

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To go further, other natural alternatives

Although this article deals with menopause and plants that help relieve many symptoms, we could not ignore vaginal probiotics and prebiotics, which are essential for good health of the private parts.


Vaginal probiotics and prebiotics

Vaginal probiotics and prebiotics are essential to maintain and restore the balance of vaginal flora . Probiotics, like lactobacillus, help protect against infections by supporting beneficial bacteria naturally found in the vagina. As for prebiotics, they provide the nutrients necessary to promote the growth of these bacteria. Together, they help reduce symptoms like itching, irritation and urinary infections common at this time of life.

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Are there any contraindications to the use of phytoestrogens?

Although this compound may be beneficial in alleviating some menopausal symptoms, there are important contraindications to consider before using them:

  • For people with a history of hormone-sensitive cancers, such as breast, ovarian, or uterine cancer. These compounds could theoretically stimulate the growth of cancer cells by mimicking the action of estrogen.
  • Phytoestrogens can interfere with the functioning of the thyroid gland. They could potentially worsen cases of hypothyroidism or other thyroid disorders by influencing iodine absorption or interfering with thyroid hormones.
  • In women trying to conceive, the use of phytoestrogens could influence hormonal levels and affect fertility. It is therefore recommended to consult a health professional before consuming it.
  • Phytoestrogens may interact with certain medications, including those used to treat hormonal disorders or cancers. In this situation too we invite you to consult a doctor before consuming it.

If you have pre-existing medical conditions or are taking other medications take care and consult a doctor!

By integrating herbal medicine into your daily routine , you can significantly improve your quality of life during menopause . Herbs like red clover, flaxseed, and sage offer natural solutions to combat hot flashes, while others, like hops and valerian, can help regulate sleep and mood. At Gapianne, our mission is to support you with natural solutions and expert advice, to help you navigate with confidence and serenity. For more information and to discover our products specially designed for women's health, visit our site. Experience your menopause in a gentler and more natural way with herbal medicine!



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