How Fennel Can reduce Depression & Anxiety in Menopause

Jun 01, 2018

Along with hot flushes, low libido, poor memory and fatigue, some women who go through the Menopause also experience depression and anxiety. Although many women resort to synthetic hormones to deal with the debilitating symptoms of menopause, some are wary of the side effects on their future health.

Are There Herbal and Nutritional Alternatives to Help with the Emotional Ups and Downs of Menopause that have Clinical Evidence?

The herb fennel is traditionally used by Herbalists for gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, cramping and to help nursing Mothers produce more milk. However it is a phyto-oestrogen (i.e. plant-based oestrogen). An Iranian study published in the September 2017 edition of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology evaluated the effect of the herb Fennel on anxiety and depression in post-menopausal women. 60 women were selected and split randomly into a placebo and a fennel group. The fennel group were given 100mg of fennel (in capsules with sunflower oil) 3 times daily, with the placebo group being given just the oil.

Did The Fennel Capsules Have any Effect on Menopausal Anxiety and Depression?

After 3 months only 49 women completed the trial. However those with Anxiety and Depression at the start of treatment did show improvements, based on the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) and the Hospital and Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS). This is one of the first human clinical trials using fennel for anxiety and depression (there have been animal trials showing its anti-anxiety and anti-depressive effects). Although the numbers of participants in the trial was small, fennel may be of benefit as a natural alternative to the emotional roller-coaster experienced by some Menopausal women.

Can I get relief from my Menopausal Symptoms If I don’t wish to Use Pharmaceuticals?

Anita has a Masters Degree in Chemistry, as well as being a Naturopathic Physician. Hence you can be confident that you are dealing with someone who blends Science and Alternative Medicine in order to help improve your physical and emotional symptoms.

Anita has nearly 10 years experience in treating a variety of medical conditions including Menopause. Give her a call on +447757 540 436 to book an appointment now, or email her on anita@multidimensionalhealing.co.uk. Anita is also available for telephone/SKYPE consults and can post your herbal medicine/supplements to your door.

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