Flushes - a Herbal HRT
Herbs and Menopausal Flushes (US: flashes)
Flushless Tonic - Herbal HRT
Dear Mr. Hopking, I would like to order more Flushless tonic. I do feel it has helped. I'm not quite menopausal yet but am definitely heading that way and my main symptoms have been palpitations and also itchy skin, both of which have improved since taking the tonic. I do notice that if I've been away and haven't taken any with me for a week or so, those symptoms are more in evidence. So, thank you, of your help.
All best wishes, Ursula
Menopause and Flushes
Herbal Medicine to treat the causes and symptoms of Menopause
For many menopause is a psychological, emotional, and intellectual turning point, as well as a physical one. But it need not be a decline. Alan Hopking’s FlushLess herbal tonic for menopausal symptoms has been remarkably successful over the years. It is estimated to have a record 99% success rate.
What does this mean?
Hormonal changes at menopause greatly vary between individuals, some start this change at an early age (smokers), others have their normal menstrual period past fifty-five and then it begins. Some have few hot flushes others are stripping off on and off through the day. Night flushes can affect some while others have no problems when sleeping. There can be major or minor or no mood swings. This can be testing to a relationship.
Other common symptoms
Common symptoms include depression, tiredness, lack of libido, headaches, backache, urinary frequency, dryness, spotting (possible fibroids - see our tonic for fibroids), painful breasts, irritability and stress, poor concentration and memory, weepiness even for the most demure and at any time and for the most gentle of reasons. Along with this the bones will gradually lose some of their density. Skin, hair, nails, eyes, mouth, and gums undergo changes. Blood flow reduced to the skin and subcutaneous tissues contributes to the loss of skin firmness and shrinkage of underlying muscles. Deterioration of nerve endings in the ageing skin can lead to itchiness - a condition called formication; it can feel like insects crawling across or under the skin or an intense tingling.
Why is all this happening?
Obviously these are signs of the conclusion of the reproductive life. Its maximum time is normally about four years, but I know patients in their 70s with some of the symptoms. Oestrogen (or better still follicle-stimulating hormone) in the blood is the test to find out if there is a decreased oestrogen level in the body (although the symptoms may be sufficient evidence). All the symptoms above are due to reduced oestrogen in the body. Even a lot of heart problems from angina to palpitations and shortness of breath on exertion have been linked to low oestrogen in menopausal women - for this a gentle, regular exercise program will be helpful.
Attitude of mind and the next step
Throughout this time a positive attitude should be developed and maintained. Think of how you can improve your skills and creativity. Perhaps you can take that higher educational course you’ve always wanted to do? The oestrogen? Leave that to the FlushLess Tonic. It will help to support the changes you go through in a balanced way. There is Agnus Castus berry which stimulates and regulates pituitary gland function, and Wild Yam root so well known for their powerful hormonal normalizing action. Sage leaf for its action on sweats, reducing them or eliminating them altogether when backed up by the other female herbs in the mixture. Included are herbs from China: Dong Gui root (a species of Angelica) so good for oestrogen rebalance and regulating the heart; Rehmannia root also useful for the brain and pains; Lotus leaf - good for sweating and mood swings; Black Cohosh root reduces breast pains and stress; Bugleweed herb helps to calm the heart and regulate thyroid function which can be disturbed in the change. Other herbs help to restore the balance of the other symptoms mentioned. The tonic is easy to take and can be adapted to your individual needs, e.g. 1tsp 1-6 times daily. Below are other tonics you can take at the same time as required.
We deal with this subject seperately although there is an obvious link with the menopause problem of symptoms. Read about oestrogen dominance and see how it is treated with herbal medicines.
Letters from women who have used FlushLess Tonic:
I was taking HRT for 7 years and wanted to stop primarily because my mother had died at an early age of breast cancer.
After stopping HRT the hot flushes and other symptoms returned with a vengence. After starting your tonic for flushes the hot flushes are now minimal and I experience little or no other menopausal symptoms. I feel wonderful!
Another thing, since puberty I had suffered migraine headaches and was unable to drink red wine. The tonic appears to have helped 100% with the migraines and I now drink and enjoy red wine!! Thank you so much.
I am a 48 yr old woman who has been suffering from menopausal symptoms since my early 40s. These were severe hot flushes, joint pains, emotional and stress problems, etc., etc. I did not want to take traditional HRT so struggled on day and night felling dreadfull all the time, despite taking various health food shop pills, soya foods, etc., etc.
I began taking the "FlushLess Tonic" and after only 3 weeks I couldn't believe the change in how I felt. My hot flushes had reduced rapidly, the joints pains greatly reduced, my emotions and sleep altered to a more normal pattern. I couldn't believe the dramatic change in how I felt. It's six months since I began taking this tonic and I can live my life almost forgetting that I'm going through the menopause.
If it wasn't for the FlushLess Tonic I guess I would have been forced to accept defeat and take HRT with all its possible side effects. I recommend the tonic to any woman suffering from the menopause. It's brilliant!
Update from Jan : Alan, as you know, I'm still taking your herbs and take advantage of your generous low-price offer for the 2.22L size. To be honest, if I don't have FlushLess I become like a mad woman!!
Yes I am taking the medicines. Smaller doses but more often - if I am busy and out of the house a lot I am even brave enough to take the full dose in one hit! I haven't had even a minor flush for some days now which is great...
Best regards, Louise.
Creams that help with menopause
Good morning Alan, Thank you for the wonderful order you sent us,,,here is some feedback on the creams … The Vitex and Wild Yam for the dryness and to restore youthfulness, is an absolute winner and works a hundred percent thank you.
The Vitex, Yam and Comfrey for the BARCODE upperlip ALSO works very well and we are exceedingly happy with it.
Mariette and friends, Portugal.
Update 2 years later from Mariette in Portugal: Greetings Alan, I feel so much more alive using this cream. The most significant thing for me is that the bar code on my upper lip most assuredly diminishes if not disappearing alltogether..in the almost one week that I was without it, those lines appeared again with aggression,,,,can you believe this???? I can vouch for it that when I apply this cream directly on my upper lip and thus feeding it with the combination to satisfy both hormones, the results are astonishing to say the least…..please never stop making it and make sure you have a successor with the same formula please? My deepest thanks for your eagerness to have studied herbal medicine,,,you have changed the lives of many, many people for the better. God bless you in all that you do as you stay in His wondrous stuff of creation.
All the best
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• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
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