Natural Remedies For Women




I asked Iridologist KasaraD’Elene to recommend some natural remedies for the most common health related issues women deal with in their different seasons. This article provides general and basic recommendations; each woman is different and what works for one might not work for another. If you suffer from a chronic problem please seek professional help. Muscle testing can help you decide what might be the best cure for your body. 


At her practice, Kasara uses Nature’s Sunshine products. In some of the subjects below, you will see some recommendations to products of this brand.

The Liver Connection



Most hormonal problems are linked to the liver, which is the main organ responsible for secreting hormones in the body. When the liver is burdened with toxins, its other functions are diminished. When a woman is experiencing a hormonal problem, whether it is PMS or menopausal symptoms, she should ask herself what part of her body is not eliminating toxins properly?  The lymphatic system cleanses through sweat, the kidneys cleanse though urine, and the digestive system cleanses through feces. To maintain a healthy body it is important that all the elimination systems in your body function properly.

When I asked Kasara to recommend different natural remedies for different cycles in a women’s life, magnesium and raspberry leaf were repeatedly mentioned as beneficial for almost any phenomena we talked about. 

Magnesium


Most women are deficient in magnesium. In fact more often women suffer from magnesium deficiency than calcium deficiency. Magnesium helps to reduce stress, muscle cramps, sleeping problems, and constipation. There are several types of Magnesium supplements:
Magnesium oxide – this is the strongest of the magnesiums and is a strong laxative.
Magnesium amino acidchelate is less harsh than magnesium oxide. Some believe it’s the most absorbable type of magnesium, since the stomach acid affects its molecules less.  
Magnesium citrate - has become common in use. It is good at alkalizing the body (lowering acid levels) and is gentler for many people.
It isn’t that one type of magnesium is better than another; rather they each have their own purpose. Know what you are taking and take what will be best for you at a specific time, and to deal with a specific need.  
There is also food rich in magnesium such as green leaves, pumpkin seeds, and almonds.
Another way to provide the body with magnesium is by taking an Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) bath, or foot-bath. The body is better able to absorb magnesium through the skin rather than through the stomach.

Red raspberry leaf


Red raspberry leaf is called the female herb, due to its ability to nourish the female reproductive system on a wide range of conditions. Raspberries are very rich with fiber, magnesium, and manganese. It strengthens the muscles and is astringent.  The manganese mineral is also known for alleviating both the physical and the emotional effects of PMS.
Besides Magnesium and Red raspberry leaf, Nature’s Sunshine has a Master Gland Formula that is good for overall hormonal balance

Conditions and Remedies


Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) 



Many women today suffer from different physical and emotional symptoms about a week or two before their menstruation. Some of the symptoms are: bloating, breast tenderness, restlessness, depression, water retention, and food craving.  The exact cause for PMS is not very clear, though it is linked to hormonal imbalance and nutrition deficiency.

Magnesium – treats PMS that is caused by magnesium deficiency  and it helps to reduce irritability during this time.
Red Raspberry Leaf – provides the body with magnesium, manganese, and overall relaxation.
Vitamin C – can help some women with PMS symptoms. It can be taken with magnesium. Too much vitamin C can act as a laxative. 
DHEA – helps with adrenal imbalance that might cause PMS symptoms.
Black Cohosh – promotes hormonal balance
Nature’s Sunshine Liver Balance - reduces PMS symptoms, especially irritability.


Menstruation



From around the age of 12 most women start having their menstrual cycle. Every month one ovary releases the most ripened egg. If this egg is not fertilized, menstruation follows.  Menstruation is the monthly bleeding that ends a one-month hormonal cycle with the shedding of the lining in the uterus. Bleeding lasts between 3-5 days. Many women suffer from cramping and fatigue during this time of the month. Some suffer from excess bleeding and anemia.

Magnesium – reduces cramps pain
Raspberry leaf – reduces cramps pain
Black Cohosh – promotes hormonal balance
Don Quai – cramp relief 
For excess bleeding, Kasara encourages women to explore what other elimination systems in their body (lymph, bowels, kidney, respiratory) are not working at optimal capacity.  Once these systems are supported to work properly, the excessive bleeding typically stops.
Nature’s Sunshine Female Comfort – helps with cramps, headaches and overall PMS symptoms
Nature’s Sunshine Cramp Relief – helps with cramps and endometriosis .


Pregnancy



Aside from the initial excitement from a welcomed pregnancy, there are some uncomfortable side effects to deal with. Most common complaints by pregnant women are nausea, constipation, leg cramps, and stress and anxiety from the unknown. 

Ginger – helps with nausea
Magnesium – helps with stress, constipation and leg cramps. Constipation is caused by lack of magnesium. Too much magnesium can be a laxative.


Birth



The nine month pregnancy journey ends with another journey: birth. Contraction pain, vomiting, and stress are part of the birthing process. During this time women are exposed to infection and blood loss.

Magnesium – relaxes the muscles during contractions.
Red Raspberry Leaf – helps to reduce pain from contraction.
Yarrow - kills infection, stimulates the uterus, and flushes the lymph system of toxins. It stops you from throwing up when Yarrow tea sipped gently, and also stops bleeding.
Nature’s Sunshine 5-W formula – was developed to be taken 5-weeks before your due date to prepare your body for proper healthy delivery. This formula should be taken up to five weeks before the due date and continued after birth until it is finished.


Breast-feeding



What should be a natural process that follows birth turns out to be not such an easy task. Breast-feeding by itself can be stressful, adding it to everyday stress, such as work, and it can become mission impossible for many modern women.
Magnesium – relaxing.
Red Raspberry Leaf – relaxing.
Fenugreek – promotes flow of breast milk.
Chlorophyll – promotes flow of breast milk and builds red blood cells.
Blessed thistle – promotes flow of breast milk.
Goat Rue – promotes flow of breast milk.


Menopause



Unlike men who can produce sperm throughout their entire lives, women are born with a limited amount of eggs. Menopause happens when there are no more eggs left in the ovaries.  As the ovaries shut down their activity they also stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone. At this point the liver gets signals to produce these hormones. If the liver is already overburdened with work, usually cleansing toxins from the body, it sends messages to the adrenal and lymphatic system to come for help. An over active adrenal system causes fatigue. Hot flashes and night sweats are caused when the body uses the lymphatic system, instead of the liver, to get rid of toxins. Good and clean nutrition is the key to avoid menopause symptoms.  Eliminating caffeine and sugar from the diet has helped many women to stop hot flashes. For some women Menopause can happen as early as in their mid thirties or as late as in their late fifties. Menopause is officially started when it has been a year since the last menstruation.
Progesterone cream – helps with menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes.
Black Cohosh – helps with menopausal symptoms including hot flashes.
Vitamin C – can help some women with menopausal symptoms. It can also be taken with magnesium. Too much Vitamin C can act as a laxative.
DHEA – helps with adrenal imbalance that might cause menopausal symptoms.
GLA – Gamma Linoleic Acid – provides important fatty acids to nourish the brain and hormonal system.
Nature’s Sunshine formulas that might help women experiencing menopausal symptoms include:
C-X – for balancing women’s hormonal system
FCSII – for balancing women’s hormonal system


Yeast Infection



A vaginal yeast infection is a vaginal fungus that causes irritation in the area, pain, and cottage cheese like vaginal discharges. Stress, diets high in sugar, and hormonal changes are some of the causes for yeast infections. For some women it is a reoccurring problem.  It is very easy to treat a yeast infection using natural remedies. 
 
Black Walnut – take internally 2 capsules 3 times a day for 4-7 days.
Probiotics – insert vaginally one tablet twice a day.
Vaginal Douche - use reusable douche bag, which you can buy at any pharmacy. Choose one of the options below and mix with lukewarm water. Use a vaginal douche two or three times a day,  or as needed to stop symptoms:
Xylitol  - 2 tbsp
Nature’s Sunshine Nature Fresh -  ¼- ½ cup
Coconut oil – melt the coconut oil in warm water (at least 70F/21C degrees) but cool before douching with it.  Coconut oil is rich in caprylic acid which fights yeast.






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