Why do some women suffer so intensely from the hormonal shifts during menopause?
To answer this question we will need to look at more than the physical system. It is important to understand the entire process taking place during this “change of life” period. The cessation of the monthly cycle is only the outward sign of the huge rewiring of the brain occurring on the inside. The hormonal curtain has been lifted providing a clear view into the inner workings of you. It is time to make friends with yourself.
During the teenage years the young woman develops the need to nurture a family. The hormones regulating her monthly cycle also create her yearning for a home and children. The hormonal curtain lowers between her and her inner self causing her attention to be focused outward on home and family. This hormonally driven need to create a home and nurture children continues until at menopause the cycle stops, bringing an end to the desire for and ability to have children.
During the preceding ten years also known as perimenopause there is a complete rewiring of the brain. The hormonal curtain is being lifted for greater and greater periods of time until at menopause it rises never to fall again.
How will the lifting and eventual removal of this hormonal curtain affect the woman?
The lifting of this hormonal curtain allows the woman to connect with her inner self again. We have all heard stories of the wise older woman. Menopause is a passage from one era of life to another. The woman is now free to access her creative side, free to focus inward on her own needs. This is her time to become and do. All the wisdom collected from her life experiences can now be freely accessed.
The down side to all this connecting with one’s self is the stash of emotional bills often found behind the hormonal curtain. Issues put off and out of mind will no longer be put aside. The time has come to deal with your life. Everything you had swept behind the curtain to deal with at a later time is now staring you straight in the face. Later is here, the curtain is gone, you can no longer hide from yourself.
The more unfinished emotional business lurking behind the curtain the harder and more symptomatic menopause will be. Life is giving you an opportunity to finally get it right. Do the hard work on you and become the woman you always knew you were. The flip side is not a pretty picture. That’s why antidepressants were invented. Refusing to deal with yourself is refusing to live the life you have been given. If you opt to check out on life they have developed plenty of chemical supports to smooth the way.
There are very effective herbal supports to catch those hormonal swings, easing the passage through menopause. The first and balancing herbal support is the Female Formula. This formula will support in stopping the hot flashes, night sweats, and emotional free fall which can be a part of menopause. At some point in the process the Female Formula may not be enough. The Changease Formula added to the Female Formula routine will provide the increased hormonal support needed.
Many women report heart palpitation which can be supported herbally as follows:
- NF Formula
- General Nervine
- Cayenne extract
- Hawthorne extract
My Peri-menopause journey has included what I have termed “panic attacks”. I will wake up feeling dizzy and light-headed and my heart will be racing like a freight train. It is a frightening thing to go through on a regular and consistent basis. However, the good news is I have them mostly under control now. How, you ask? I found some herbal supports that have been a wonder to me and I don’t know what I would do without them.
Every night I make a cup of hot tea which I call my “hot totty”:
- 3 droppersful of Cayenne (most people have to work up to that gradually)
- 6 droppersful of Hawthorne
I find 2 droppersful each of the General Nervine and NF formulas help with my difficulty in sleeping and staying asleep at night. These combinations work for me almost all the time.
The only exception is when I have overdone the caffeine or sugar or a combination of both.
When I wake up with palpitations I do a Cayenne/Hawthorne mixture until it stops. Usually I only have to do that once and it quits, but if I have been particularly bad that day, it may mean I have to repeat the mixture a time or two more. I do this every five minutes until relieved. –G.H. Rutherfordton NC