It takes careful study on the herbals, and a trained herbal professional will know when to take a single herbal. What seems to best for many is a combination, as one herb will deal with one aspect of your body's needs, and another herb will help moderate the side effect of the first herb, and then a third herb might deal with another aspect of your body's needs, and so on. I'm still in the learning process myself, as I buy and use one brand of herbal products that are also sold in stores (depending on how big a person wants to be in sales).
Another thing to learn is whether or not an herbal is something that can be taken as an ongoing thing, or only for a few weeks and then have to go "off" for awhile. For example, casada segrada (sp?) is used in a lot of herbal preparations to alleviate constipation - it helps the muscles in the intestines and colon do their work. But it "wears" off in about two weeks and is not as effective. (I'm sure there is a deeper medical explaination of the hows and whys, but I'm not a doctor.). Then after a few weeks or months, you could use it again.
I've not personally tried Black Cohash straight, but I believe it is included in one of my menopause herbals that I have.
I have also learned that - for me, at least - soy is NOT good for me, specifically unfermented soy (like soybeans straight up, soy milk, etc.). Fermented soy products would be things like tempeh and miso. But there is a lot of soy in foods, specifically fast foods using various soy proteins etc made from genetically modified soy - which introduces a whole new range of hormonal messups into the menopause mix... Evidently, and this is my layperson's attempt to interpret the more medically written information I've read, but my being obese, the extra fat on my body is already an indicator of too much estrogen. The soy itself is considered a "phytoestrogen" ("phyto" meaning basically like fake/false/similar to) and so it will fit into all the body receptors for estrogen and the body thinks of it as estrogen.... and then there's more complex medical stuff that I'm not remembering exactly how to clearly explain it...but the long story, for me, at least, is to avoid soy like the plague. Besides that, it makes my gut feel weird, like I just got kicked inside...
So my "milk" stuff mostly comes from almond milk or hemp milk... or coconut milk in very moderate quantities. But I can tell it when I've had soy junk in my processed foods so I try to avoid all that.
Anyway so I guess I got myself sidetracked, sorry, but it looked like I was seeing some confusion about what to do about using Black Cohash etc. I do own the book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A-to-Z Guide to Supplements" (Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A-To-Z Guide to Supplements)
Phyllis A. Balch CNC (Author) and I actually have an earlier edition which was co-edited by her husband Dr. James Balch.
Many health food stores will have a copy of this and it's almost like an adjunct to the Bible or any other Holy Book...
Sooooo that's one of my books I have that has helped me sort through this, and I need to get back into studying it as it looks like I'm more seriously deeper into Menopause - although... it seems that in trying to treat myself for the vaginal dryness, it triggers my periods again. I want it all - the being available for pleasure with my husband with no pain to myself for vaginal dryness (coconut oil is the BEST lubricant!! whoo hooo!) and none of the muss and fuss of having a period!! I'm a selfish little brat, eh??
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
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