Complementary Medicine for Women

April 14, 2015 2:29 PM

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While shopping in a health food store, I watched women piling their carts high with herbs and remedies that promised relief from menopausal symptoms, and I listened to a conversation between a middle-aged woman and a very young, female clerk. The customer was asking where she could find "Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound." She explained that her concerns included dealing with hot flashes that left her looking like "a red, perspiring tomato" during the day and feeling like "a dripping sponge" during her fitful, sleeping hours. The clerk was totally clueless. I couldn't resist volunteering information I had learned about this preparation that countless American women have used in the past, including my own grandmother.

At a certain age, Nature frees women of the child-bearing function, because the rigors of motherhood are more easily born in earlier years ... Instead of being a curb on health and happiness, menopause can leave women freer than she has been since she began menstruating. But for those who do suffer ...

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