ashwagandha rebalances hormones and improves symptoms of perimenopause

During perimenopause, many changes start to happen in your body as you transition into menopause. Symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. You may also begin to experience some of the psychological symptoms of menopause. Here’s a herb that helps.

Ashwagandha is an ancient herb that has been used in India’s Ayurvedic system of medicine for over 2,500 year. Recently, a variety of new uses is being discovered for this venerable ancient herb.

A new double-blind study has added yet another valuable use. It set out to see whether ashwagandha could rebalance hormones in perimenopausal women, ease their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

To test that hope, they gave 91 perimenopausal women either a placebo or 300mg of ashwagandha root extract twice a day for 8 weeks. The women were all between 45 and 55.

Compared to the placebo, ashwagandha significantly improved scores on the menopause rating scale. The women who took the herb had significant reduction in the number of hot flashes and night sweats. They also had significantly greater improvement in psychological symptoms.

Ashwagandha was able to rebalance hormones by significantly increasing estradiol so that it was returned to normal while it significantly reduced follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).

So, for women who are beginning to experience the symptoms of menopause, ashwagandha may bring you some much welcome relief.


Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research 2021;doi.org/10.1111/jog.15030


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