Amidst all the physiological effects of menopause such as hot flashes, rapid heartbeat, migraines, urogenital atrophy, etc. there comes a great deal of psychological effects also, namely depression, irritability, loss of memory, concentration problems, and mood swings. If a woman wishes to live unaffected through the transitional period of menopause it would be wise to live a good lifestyle and develop healthy habits, for example adopting a well – rounded diet, in which it is important to have the ability to choose the right drink, or in this case, tea beverages.
Since women in menopause experience declines in their level of female hormones, namely estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, it would be advisable for them to eat foods that help synthesize and or mimic said hormones, namely Soybeans, Tofu, black kerneled rice, Sweet potatoes, pine nuts, and others. What women experiencing menopause can also do is to make tea such as Green Tea and Oolong or alternatively concoctions from Angelica Sinensis, roots of Kudzu vine, liquorice, and Saffron, and possibly add to one of the aforementioned foods, and imbibe it together.
Women in menopause generally experience some stress, usually emotion related, hence they are likely to experience sleep problems, so it would be inadvisable for them to ingest strong, concentrated tea, as they will have a perturbative effect upon the user’s emotions, and hence possibly worsen symptoms of sleeplessness. Therefore lighter teas such as Green tea and Oolong are recommended.
Of the four kinds of tea mentioned earlier in the article, Angelica Sinensis tea, is a hematic tonic, and can be used to treat blood deficiency, dizziness, stomach aches, chronic coughing and asthma, and blood deficiency.
Kudzu tea, on the other hand, is a tonic that can improve cerebral – vascular circulation, it is great for treating hypertension caused migraines, vertigo, tinnitus, and back and leg ache and relieves the symptoms significantly. Kudzu contains 12 percent flavonoid compounds, and it is worth noting that one of those compounds, soybean isoflavone is one of the main plant female hormones, which can be used as a substitute for their human counterparts.
Liquorice tea can also be beneficial for menopausal woman, as it has beneficial effects that counter symptoms such as a weak spleen and stomach, abdominal pain and loose stool, low appetite, fatigue and hot flashes, consumptive lung disease and coughing, irregular heartbeat, and sore throats.
The last aforementioned item, Saffron tea, has marked beneficial effects on depression and immune system health. The main component, saffron also helps to regulate menstruation and can be used to stabilize menstrual cycles, control excessive bleeding, etc. The below is a translation from an article from a Chinese health website on how to properly brew the Saffron tea for menopausal women, among others:
The proper step by step method for brewing Saffron:
- Wash glass cup thoroughly in preparation for use.
- Take 3 – 8 shoots of saffron and place into clean glass cup
- Soak Saffron flower in boiling water
- Let stand several minutes before serving, refill 4 – 5 times before ingesting the entire contents of the cup, including the filament.
Saffron tea should be brewed as a standalone, it should not be matched up with other flower teas.
Menopause can be a hard time, but, if one were to live healthy lifestyles and eat healthy diets, then one can avoid or at least lessen many of the pitfalls commonly associated with the process. To this end, the types of teas described above may prove to be a powerful tool to help restore health to what should otherwise be a happy and carefree period of a woman’s life.