Day 3: Herbal Medicine

Mood swings, hot flashes, hair loss, and amenorrhea (no menstrual cycle) for more than a year.

Most people are aware of what women experience when they undergo menopause.

But the most agitating symptom that my patients complain about during menopause is hot flashes.

They describe sleepless nights of wrestling with covers, sheets, the fan, and the AC.

They come to me desperate for a treatment because it’s interfering with their daily lives and most often times, interfering with their marriages too.

My first offer is a natural remedy from the plant Actaea racemosa, also known as Black Cohosh. It comes in a pill form and can be found over the counter.

Once my patients start using this herbal remedy, they typically return thankful and well rested.

And for those who aren’t better on black cohosh, prescription medications are the next step.

So where does this leave us in modern medicine? In need. We need to do more research on plants. We need to do more research with bees and honey. We need more natural/herbal options.

Don’t get me wrong. I write a lot of prescriptions. All day, everyday. But I am also a believer in researching and using natural remedies.

In my previous two blogs, we discussed day 1 and day 2 of creation.

On day 3, God created land and vegetation.

He described how he separated land and sea and on the land, he allowed vegetation to sprout trees and plants.

“The land produced vegetation-all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruits.” -Genesis 1:12 NLT

And I believe that with God’s creation of vegetation, we have found some amazing contributions to medicine. And I believe that we can continue to find more amazing options.

God created the Earth and everything in it for us, his children, because he loves us.

He provided an Earth to sustain us.

If you or someone you know is going through menopausal hot flashes, consider black cohosh after speaking with your provider. God may have created the perfect plant for you.

Thank you, God, for the creation of land and vegetation.

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