One of the best natural remedies for the symptoms of menopause is Bitter leaf.
Bitter leaf or Vernonia amygdalina is the name of a leafy shrub or small tree that can reach twenty three feet in height when fully grown. It is widely eaten in East and West Africa. The Nigerian Igbos call it “onugbu,” Swahili Tanzanians call it “mujonso.” The Urobos and the Itesekiris of Nigeria call it “Orugbu,” whereas the Yorubas call it Ewuro.
The bitter leaf is an adaptogenic tonic that helps with restoration of the stamina. Even animals realize the importance of this herb as many of them (for example, chimpanzees inhabiting the Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania) eat this plant when they become sick.
Some of the principal chemical compounds found in the bitter leaf herb are known as steroid glycosides – type vernonioside B1. These compounds possess potent anti-parasitic, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial effects.
Currently, the bitter leaf features in the herbal treatment used for more than twenty five common ailments including fever, different kinds of intestinal complaints, parasite induced diseases like malaria, and other vector borne diseases.
Bitter leaf is one of the best woman friendly plants. It is good for the body either before, during or after menopause.
Bitter leaf takes care of such symptoms as hot flashes, internal heat and rheumatism. With bitter leaf around, women do not need to take artificial oestrogen has its own serious negative side effects.
Bitter leaf does not supply oestrogen but helps the body to produce the right amount of oestrogen needed for life function.
Using Bitter Leaf
One can use bitter leaf raw, eating a small handful of leafs; it can be used to make a tea infusion, it can be used in the preparation of food.
It is actually a major food vegetable in throughout Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Kenya, Tanzania, etc. Women from those listed areas have the list reported incidence of menopausal dysfunction.
The fresh leaves of bitter leaf could also be squeezed and juiced into a glass of water. This should be taken every morning and night to control the unpleasant symptoms of menopause.
Bitter leaf is not only good for those who are already experiencing the symptoms of menopause and those who have attained menopause. It is good for the general health and vigour of any woman, young or old.
True bitter leaf is a very bitter herb and hard for some to swallow. And this is where honey comes in. Provided that one is not diabetic or has known allergies to honey, honey is considered a gift to women’s health. Honey is also crucial for the health of menopausal women.
Four desert spoons of honey could be mixed with a half glass solution of bitter leaf and water. It is recommended that this bitter sweet colution be taken twice daily.
Honey helps the female body to remain fresh, healthy and strong till old age. Honey is noted as one of the most effective natural aid against the symptoms of menopause.
Thus honey laced bitter leaf juice drink is a great way to keep body and soul together for any health conscious woman.
Finally, we advise every woman to drink lots of water. Menopausal women in particular, are strongly urged to drink lots of water daily as this is basic to any health promoting/life balancing plan.
Water is the source of life as well as the ultimate healing force. Water is fundamental to all biological process of a living organism.
Drinking three to four cups of water each morning is one of the best things a woman could do for her body. A well hydrated body (drinking lots of water) will bring about a reduction in the incidence of hot flashes and internal heat.
September 21, 2009
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