3. St. John’s Wort for Mood Swings and Mild Depression
Europeans consider St. John’s Wort to be a treatment for menopause as well as depression. Studies find its benefits are comparable to those of Prozac and older antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, common symptoms of menopause. Take 300 milligrams of a preparation standardized to 0.3 per cent hypericin and 2 to 5 per cent hyperforin (or hyperforin only) 3 times a day. If you take a product standardized to hyperforin only, take 10 to 15 milligrams 3 times daily. Caution: There are several herb/medicine interactions with St. John’s Wort. Check with your doctor first if you’re taking other drugs.
4. Wild Yam Cream for Dry Vaginal Tissue
Despite the hype, this cream does not contain progesterone and cannot be used during menopause as a replacement for progesterone. However, it is often used in herbal medicine to heal wounds, and can help with the irritation and pain that often results from vaginal dryness, protecting the vagina from tears.
5. Ginkgo for Forgetfulness
Ginkgo is one of the best herbs to take at this time, as it appears to help mental functioning by improving blood flow and protecting blood vessels. Take 60 milligrams of standardized ginkgo extract once or twice a day.