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May 2014

Natural Menopause Supplement

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There is a lot of discussion about what makes a good natural menopause supplement. Often what comes up in this discussion is the question of what is the best menopause supplement. An understanding of a good natural menopause supplement and the best menopause supplement is a deep topic of discussion that I will save for another article. This article is devoted to enriching your knowledge about supplements in general. Supplements are largely based on herbal medicine. Herbal medicine is medicine that uses seeds, berries, leaves, bark, root, etc… for medicinal purposes. This type of medicine has a very long and detailed history outside of conventional medicine (in fact predating it). This article will very lightly touch upon this rich history.

So today when we have a headache that we feel is not getting better soon, we usually just pop an aspirin. However, in the past, people would boil white willow bark in water and the resulting tea would help with pains and aches. Modernly, we learned that there is a chemical called salicin in white willow bark which turns into acetylsalicylic acid aka aspirin! So effective natural remedies often lead to medical breakthroughs.

Ginseng is one of the oldest herbs in the world. It used to be associated with memory improvement but that is no longer thought to be the case. Today it is thought to improve your immune system and ward of respiratory infections. In the prehistoric times people would gather anything edible such as herbs. Knowledge of the edible foods would be often be passed down, sometimes by members of the community who had specialized knowledge like a medicine man. Eventually these remedies were recorded onto tablets. These tables had uses for many herbs including our favorite herb licorice which is the basis for MenoSupp!

The Chinese have been using herbs for over 5,000 years. China has the longest history of use and knowledge about medicinal herbs. The first recorded document that we can point to is about 4000 years old which was written by Emperor Shen Nong who studied over 300 herbal remedies.

One of the oldest and complete documents was created by the Egyptians which had recorded uses for over 700 medical herbs. This is called the Papyus Ebers and it has many relevant remedies like aloe vera.

In the Middle Ages knowledge of herbal and most of civilization was almost lost forever. However, in the monasteries, Monks continued to record herbal remedies and even have expansive herb gardens.

Today, herbals remedies are more popular than ever, particularly in the United States. It is speculated that that there are hundreds if not thousands of undiscovered herbal remedies in places like the Amazon.

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