Licorice is known to support the adrenal glands and the production of cortisol. Since cortisol plays a large role in determining levels of progesterone in the body, managing the adrenals and their production of hormones can reduce menopausal symptoms.
Dong Quai is a herb commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to balance blood, regulate the menstrual cycle and support the reproductive organs. It is most commonly used in combination with other herbs and has shown success in reducing the intensity of hot flashes.
Maca root powder is a herb with affinity for the endocrine system and mucous producing glands. It has been used traditionally in South America for menstrual irregularities, hormone imbalance and most commonly for vaginal dryness. However, it often doesn’t show its effectiveness until at least 1 month of regular use.
Red Clover is also used in combination with other hormone balancing herbs. This specific herb contains to plant-based estrogens called genistein and daidzein, which are also found in soy products. Caution must be used in women with a family history of estrogen sensitive cancers.
St. John’s Wort often gets a bad rep because of its effects on liver enzymes and its ability to alter metabolism of other drugs. For those who are not taking any medication, this herb can prove extremely efficient and effective in managing depression, anxiety, and insomnia during menopause. I find it best used in combination with other mood balancing herbs and adrenals supports such as Rhodiola, and both can be found in liquid or tablet form.