DEBUNKING THE MYTHS SURROUNDING MENOPAUSE
Updated: Jul 27
Over the last few months, the media has given a lot of attention to the subject of the Menopause. Unfortunately, most of the focus is on the many and various uncomfortable symptoms and how to manage them, often with a shopping list of supplements, herbal remedies or hormone replacement. But, the menopause is not a disease or an unpleasant health condition that descends on women magically to make their lives miserable. The menopause is a transition period when hormonal levels change just like other female transitions, like puberty and pregnancy, but it is the collective health of all the systems of the body that will determine whether the much talked about uncomfortable symptoms are experienced, or not.
The Institute of Oligotherapy has 26 years experience of successfully supporting women through the menopause with a three-pronged approach based on 100 years of history and 45 years of medical research. Addressing symptoms is important but supporting all the systems of the body is vital to ensure that those symptoms aren't just suppressed or the body is not thrown out of balance. But the most important factor is that a personalised programme is created for the individual. The 'one size fits all' approach does not work for the menopause
The research undertaken by the Swiss Research Centre (Centre de Recherché et D'Applications sur les Oligoelements) identified that women in perimenopause and menopause are susceptible to deficiencies in specific catalytic trace elements Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Cobalt, Iodine, Potassium, Iron, in varying amounts depending on the background condition of the woman, and they created a range of synergy-matched trace element complexes to address not just the symptoms, but also support the overall health of a women. Trace elements in their correct catalytic form - ionised, dynamised and synergy matched - ensure the efficient functioning of all the cells of the body - immune system, endocrine system, nervous system, circulation and digestion. Of equal importance, the CRAO developed a unique process to identify which systems of the body are overburdened and need support to help with any transitions that take place in the body.
When the ovaries begin to reduce the production of female hormones in preparation for the non-child bearing years, it is the job of the adrenal glands to, provide sufficient hormones to support female characteristics and it is this changeover period that requires support. Unfortunately, to hinder a smooth hormonal transition these days, women often have to deal with many demands on their time and energy, physical and emotionally: teenage children taking important exams or going to university; caring for elderly parents; and the demands of a career, all of which increases the production of stress hormones which work in direct conflict with the job of balancing female hormones.
Colleen O'Flaherty-HIlder, the Director of the Institute, who has 35 years experience as a Health and Wellness practitioner said: "I often see women who just have not looked after their overall health, putting their health needs at the end of a very long list because of the many demands on their time. They then arrive in their late forties presenting symptoms of exhaustion or adrenal fatigue, with the concomitant symptoms of weight gain, tiredness, and mood instability, which is going to really magnify any hormonal changes and will contribute to the classical symptoms of hot flushes, fatigue, sleep dysregulation etc. Women need to support their overall health and they deserve to have the very best information about their bodies so that they can invest in their long-term health. The menopause is an important time for a woman; a time to re-evaluate what she will do in the second chapter of her life with optimum health."
The complex No. 15 (zinc-sulphur-iodine-magnesium-cobalt-lithium-manganese) is usually a good starting point for most of the symptoms of the menopause. It addresses the three main systems of the body responsible for balancing the body during these transition times - hormonal system, nervous system and digestive system. However, if there are other underlying health issues that need to be addressed, different complexes would need to be given, together with lifestyle and dietary recommendations.
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