Q. My periods have become so erratic. Is there anything I can do to help regulate my cycle?
A. Having irregular menstrual cycles is normal before actual menopause sets in. Peri-menopause can last up to 10 years before the menstrual cycles cease. Many women feel more balanced with an herb called Chasteberry or Vitex. This herb is best taken in tincture form (liquid, not pill form). It is best taken three times a day. With vitex, woman feel their peri-menopause symptoms are lessened and more predictable. This herb can also help with menstrual cramps, spotting, hot flashes, skin problems, and water retention. Chasteberry is a slow-acting herb and works best if taken over a longer period of time, but the effects are long-lasting.
Q. I feel very nervous and irritable lately. My periods are erratic but so are my moods. I feel high-strung and ready to scream at everyone over every little thing.
A. There is a wonderful herb available to woman during their menopausal years and that herb is called Garden Sage. Garden Sage is best taken in tincture (liquid) form. This herb should be taken three times a day diluted in a little water or juice. If you are having a calm day you will not need to take it, but when the agitation begins take as long as needed. The herb is calming and balancing. It also helps with depression, dizziness, headaches, and hot and cold sweats.