Sunday, 23 December 2018

Herbal Alfalfa, the Antidopaminergic Herbal Remedy for Menopausal Symptoms

By Kyle J. Norton

Herbal Alfalfa may be considered a functional herb for the treatment of menopause, some scientists suggested.

Menopause cessation of the menstrual period and is a natural process of all women. Some researchers suggested that you officially enter the stage of menopause if you have gone 12 months without a menstrual period

Women enter the menopause stage differently, but the average age is 51 in the United States.

Women with ovarian failure or removed may experience symptoms of menopause at early age 38.

Women experienced symptoms of menopause is the result of the gradually reduced production of estrogen and progesterone, the 2 most abundant hormone in the childbearing age women.

Most women in the Western world experience symptoms of hot flashes and emotional symptoms of menopause may disrupt your sleep, lower your energy or affect emotional health.

In the classification of the different menopause symptoms experienced by the women in the West and East. Dr. Baber RJ launched a study to examine the menopause in Asia and The West suggested "There is a school of thought that believes that menopausal symptoms are a peculiarly 'Western' phenomenon, not experienced by women from other regions and particularly not from Asia where it has been claimed, dietary, social and cultural factors afforded protection for women living in that region".

and "Ethnic differences within Asia account for small differences in endogenous hormone levels and age at menopause between Asian and Western women, and the type of menopause symptoms and their prevalence also differ between those two communities".

These result strongly indicated diet plays a critical role in the development of menopause symptoms severity. Asain women who immigrated to the West and adapted to the Western style diet experience menopause symptoms similar to those in the West.

Alfalfa is a flowering plant in the genus Medicago, belonging to the family Fabaceae, It has been cultivated all over the world as hay for cattle feeding.

The leaves, sprouts, and seeds to make medicine has been used in traditional medicine over thousands of year to treat high cholesterol, asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, enhance digestive system, bleeding disorder, kidney, and urinary tract infection, etc. North America aboriginal has used Alfalfa seed as food, such as making bread and mush.

The herbal chemical constituents include flavones, isoflavones, sterols, bichanin A, coumestrol daidzein, formonetin, genistein and coumarin derivatives, etc.

In the finding, the natural whole food for the alleviation of menopause symptoms without inducing adverse effects caused by the hormone therapy researchers at the Università degli Studi-Siena conducted an experiment to test the efficacy of a plant product based on extracts of the leaves of Salvia officinalis (sage) and Medicago sativa (alfalfa) in the treatment of hot flushes.

The study includes 30 menopausal women with symptoms of hot flushes.

Application of the combined leaves of Salvia officinalis (sage) and Medicago sativa (alfalfa) extract inhibited hot flushes and night sweating completely in 20 women with four women showed good improvement and the other six showed a reduction in symptoms. 

Compared to the levels of TSH and Prl responses before and after 3 months of therapy, the plant's product induced a significant increase in prolactin (Prl and) TSH response to thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH).

TRH.produced in great amounts during menopause due to reduced TSH and prolactin responses to TRH during menopause.

Dr. De Leo V, the lead author after taking in final assessment said, "The product seems to have a central slight antidopaminergic action without side effects and is an effective agent in the treatment of menopausal symptoms".

Antidopaminergic drugs have been used in conventional medicine for the treatment of menopause symptoms, including Veralipride.

Dr. Kurzer MS and colleagues in the differentiation of plant-based estrogen, including those have been defined in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains commonly consumed by humans. Soybeans, clover and alfalfa sprouts, and oilseeds (such as flaxseed) suggest that dietary sources of isoflavones, coumestans, and lignans have been found to exert a significant effect in alleviating and preventing menopausal symptoms in humans, animals, and cell culture systems.

At the final report, the doctors said, "Although there currently are no dietary recommendations for individual phytoestrogens, there may be a great benefit in increased consumption of plant foods".

These results suggested that including alfalfa sprouts into a menopause women diet may have a strong implication in reducing the frequency and period of menopause symptoms.

Taken altogether, there is no doubt that Alfalfa processed high amount plant-based estrogen may be considered a functional food in the prevention and treatment of menopause symptoms.

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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.


(1) [Treatment of neurovegetative menopausal symptoms with a phytotherapeutic agent].[Article in Italian], by De Leo V, Lanzetta D, Cazzavacca R, Morgante G.(PubMed)
(2) Dietary phytoestrogens by Kurzer MS, Xu X.(PubMed)
(3) Drug-induced lupus: an update by Vasoo S.(PubMed)
(4) East is east and West is west: perspectives on the menopause in Asia and The West by Baber RJ. (PubMed)

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