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ptsheldon

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Alternative medication
« on: December 08, 2019, 12:37:56 PM »

Hi all :-*
I currently taking starflower tablets have been for 9 weeks they don't seem to help much, I'm reluctant to take antidepressants which my consultant suggested, someone mentioned black grosh but I'm not sure, any advice please
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CLKD

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Re: Alternative medication
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2019, 06:56:42 PM »

Hi!

How was the anxiety/depression during your menstruating years ? 

Some benefits from alternatives may be lost once hormones begin playing up.  Which symptom would you like to ease first?
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ptsheldon

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Re: Alternative medication
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2019, 09:15:26 PM »

Hi I would love the sweats to decrease massively!!! Anxiety and depression weren't an issue menstruation.
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CLKD

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Re: Alternative medication
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2019, 08:17:53 PM »

Hi! Some anti-depressant medication can ease hot flushes.  As can HRT.  Have you found anything 'flora' that eases symptoms enough?
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jaypo

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Re: Alternative medication
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2019, 03:13:40 PM »

Be careful also with certain herbal remedies they come with their own side effects and dangers,I've practically tried everything for flushes and sweats but NOTHING worked,I now just have fans everywhere and a really good one for my handbag,not one of those flimsy twirly ones but one where the fan part is encased,it really helps
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ElkWarning

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Re: Alternative medication
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2019, 08:25:53 PM »

I'm going to assume you mean black cohosh, not black grosh.

If you're interested in using herbs, I'd advise you to go and see a herbalist.  I know a little, but I haven't done three years of training that also includes anatomy.

In terms of the heat, they might prescribe wild asparagus, but they'd take a full history from you and determine whether that would work ... as regards anti depressant properties, herbalists tend not to put everything into the same wrapper, so they'd talk to you about your 'depression' or 'anxiety'.

Long story short, I wouldn't buy things off the shelf, they won't have the effect you're looking for, instead think about seeing a specialist (herbalist) and chat through the results you want to see.  Be prepared for it to be a fairly long journey.  Herbs should be gentle and work with you, not impose something on you.  As it goes, I wouldn't reach for the cohosh, the species is native to the Americas and sometimes doesn't resonate well with us here in Europe.  It's pretty hardcore, along with the other cohoshes.
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