Embracing Balance with Supplements During Menopause

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Menopause is not merely a phase but a significant transition in a woman’s life, characterised by the cessation of menstruation and marked by a series of physiological changes that can impact physical, emotional, and mental health. During this time, maintaining hormonal balance becomes crucial, not only to manage symptoms but also to sustain overall well-being and vitality. At Evolution Medical Care, we understand the importance of this balance and are dedicated to providing science-based, natural therapies that align with the needs of every individual woman navigating through this transformative period.

Understanding the Hormonal Tug-of-War in Menopause

Menopause brings about profound hormonal fluctuations, with primary changes occurring in the levels of estrogen, progesterone, and, to a lesser extent, testosterone. These hormones, which have been regulating the reproductive system, metabolism, and mood among other functions, begin to decline, leading to a series of symptomatic challenges:

woman experiencing hot flushes as a physical symptom of menopause
  • Physical Symptoms: Hot flushes, night sweats, and irregular periods are some of the most immediate signs of menopause. Women may also experience weight gain, particularly around the abdomen, and an increase in facial hair due to the relative increase in testosterone.
  • Emotional and Cognitive Changes: Mood swings, irritability, and bouts of depression can often accompany menopause, linked closely with the erratic hormone levels experienced during this time. Memory lapses and difficulty concentrating are also reported, reflecting the hormonal impact on cognitive functions.
  • Bone Health and Cardiovascular Risks: Decreased estrogen levels significantly affect bone density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Simultaneously, the change in hormonal balance can lead to alterations in blood lipid profiles and vascular health, raising concerns about cardiovascular wellness.

These shifts are not just biological but affect every facet of a woman’s life, influencing her health, lifestyle, and interpersonal relationships. While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and other conventional medications are available, they come with potential risks and side effects that many women wish to avoid. This leads to a growing interest in natural and holistic approaches to managing menopause symptoms safely and effectively. At Evolution Medical Care, we provide such alternatives, focusing on personalised, science-based treatments that support the body’s natural processes and promote long-term health.

The Deeper Impact of Hormonal Imbalance

The symptoms of menopause extend beyond the immediate physical discomforts; they seep into the very fabric of daily living, altering the quality of life and emotional well-being. Let’s delve deeper into how these hormonal changes can escalate:

  • Sleep Disturbances: Frequent awakenings and night sweats lead to chronic sleep deprivation, a condition that not only tires the body but also strains the mind, exacerbating mood swings and irritability.
  • Thermal Irregularities: Hot flushes are more than just a temporary inconvenience; they are sudden and intense feelings of heat that can disrupt daily activities and contribute to social embarrassment and stress.
  • Psychological Stress: The unpredictability of mood swings coupled with anxiety and depression can strain personal relationships, affecting interactions with family, friends, and colleagues. The emotional toll can also lead to diminished self-esteem as women grapple with these internal changes.
woman experiencing psychological stress as a symptom of menopause

Each of these symptoms can create a ripple effect, impacting professional life, personal relationships, and social interactions, often leaving women feeling isolated in their experience. The conventional treatments available, while beneficial for some, often come with a host of potential side effects—from increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease to headaches and nausea—pushing many to seek safer, more natural alternatives.

Science-Based Treatments at Evolution Medical Care

At Evolution Medical Care, we recognise the importance of a scientifically grounded approach to natural therapies. Our treatments are not only rooted in traditional practices but are also enhanced and supported by modern scientific understanding, ensuring both safety and efficacy.

  • Acupuncture: By influencing Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, studies show that Acupuncture can help regulate mood and alleviate depression and anxiety often seen in menopause. Furthermore, this practice supports the Endocrine System, balancing Hormone levels naturally, which can reduce the severity and frequency of hot flushes.
  • Remedial Massage: This therapy goes beyond mere relaxation. By improving Blood Flow and reducing muscle tension, remedial massage helps to decrease Cortisol Levels, the stress hormone that is often elevated during menopause. The manipulation of soft tissues also promotes the release of Endorphins, natural pain and stress fighters, providing a sense of well-being and calm.
  • Herbal and Mineral Supplements: Targeted supplements can support hormonal balance and overall health. For example, certain herbs are known to modulate Estrogen levels naturally, while minerals like magnesium can improve sleep quality and muscle function, essential during the menopausal transition.

By integrating these science-based, natural therapies into a comprehensive treatment plan, we address not only the symptoms but also the underlying hormonal imbalances that contribute to menopausal challenges. Each therapy is tailored to the individual’s unique health profile and needs, ensuring the most effective and personalised care.

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Continuing, we will explore how specific supplements can play a crucial role in managing menopause symptoms and enhancing hormonal balance, providing a foundation for a smoother transition through menopause.

Supplements for Hormonal Balance

During menopause, the right supplements can play a pivotal role in stabilising hormonal fluctuations and alleviating symptoms. At Evolution Medical Care, we recommend a targeted approach with supplements that are backed by science to support hormonal health.

Herbal Supplements for Menopause

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a rich repository of herbal knowledge that can be particularly beneficial during the menopausal transition. Here are some TCM herbs commonly used to support hormonal balance and alleviate symptoms:

  • Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis): Often referred to as “female ginseng,” Dong Quai is a key herb in TCM for supporting women’s health. Think of it like a natural supplement that helps replenish essential nutrients, improving blood flow and balancing hormones. It’s similar to how a comprehensive multivitamin supports overall wellness, making it effective for treating hot flushes and irregular menstruation.
  • Black Cohosh (Sheng Ma): Although not originally from TCM, Black Cohosh is now commonly used because it effectively reduces menopause symptoms. In TCM, it “clears heat and nourishes the yin,” which can be thought of as cooling down the body’s internal temperature and calming the system. This helps stabilise mood swings and improve sleep, much like a cool drink on a hot day refreshes and calms you.
  • Rehmannia (Shu Di Huang): This herb is highly valued in TCM for its “yin-nourishing” properties. Yin can be likened to the body’s coolant system, and nourishing it helps manage symptoms like night sweats, hot flushes, and dry mouth, much like topping up your car’s coolant prevents overheating.
  • White Peony (Bai Shao): Known for its ability to “soften the liver and nourish the blood,” White Peony is used to ease menstrual irregularities and calm irritability and mood swings. Think of it as a natural mood stabilizer that helps keep emotional and physical states in balance, similar to how a good night’s sleep can reset your mood.
  • Licorice (Gan Cao): Licorice is a harmoniser or a mediator in many TCM formulas. Along with its own benefits, it helps co-ordinate and enhance the effect of other herbs. It supports adrenal function, which is crucial during menopause as the adrenals partly take over hormone production from the ovaries. It’s also useful for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to moderate hot flushes and support overall vitality.
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These TCM herbs not only provide symptomatic relief but also aim to address the underlying imbalances according to TCM theory. By influencing hormone levels and assisting with the regulation of the body’s Endocrine System, these herbs help to promote a smoother transition through menopause.

Integrating herbal medicines into a daily wellness routine under the guidance of a qualified practitioner ensures that each woman receives a personalised and effective approach to managing her menopausal symptoms. This approach not only respects the age-old wisdom of TCM but also embraces the needs and challenges of modern women.

Mineral Supplements

Minerals play a critical role in overall health, especially during menopause when the body’s needs may change:

  • Calcium: Essential for bone health, which is a major concern during menopause as decreasing estrogen levels can lead to bone density loss.
  • Magnesium: Supports muscle and nerve functions, helps manage insomnia, and is vital for the activation of vitamin D, crucial for calcium absorption.
  • Zinc: Important for immune system function and plays a role in hormone production, helping to mitigate some of the mood swings associated with menopause.

Dietary Supplements

Optimal nutrition is vital during menopause. Specific supplements can help fill dietary gaps and support hormonal health:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Beneficial for heart health and inflammatory responses, Omega-3s can also help alleviate depression symptoms by affecting Neurotransmitter pathways.
  • Vitamin D: Crucial for bone health and immune function, Vitamin D can also aid in mood regulation and hormonal balance.
  • B Vitamins: Particularly B6, which helps regulate hormonal fluctuations and is essential for neurotransmitter synthesis, supporting overall emotional well-being.

Metagenics Supplements

The Metagenics range of supplements use natural ingredients to target specific menopause symptoms and promote overall health, making the transition through menopause more manageable and less disruptive. These are particularly beneficial:

Metagenics FemmeX Supplements to support women and menopause symptoms
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  • Key Ingredients: Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators (SPMs) derived from fish oil.
  • Benefits: SPM Active supports the body’s natural resolution of inflammation. During menopause, increased inflammation can lead to joint pain and general discomfort. SPMs help the body resolve inflammation more efficiently, reducing these symptoms and enhancing overall comfort and mobility. This can significantly improve quality of life by alleviating the inflammatory response that often accompanies menopause​.
  • Key Ingredients: A proprietary blend of adaptogenic herbs such as Rhodiola and Ashwagandha, combined with essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Benefits: O-Lift is designed to enhance mood, energy, and vitality, which are often affected during menopause. Adaptogens help the body adapt to stress and maintain energy levels, while the vitamins and minerals support the nervous system. This combination helps to stabilize mood, reduce fatigue, and increase overall resilience, making it easier to cope with the physical and emotional challenges of menopause.
  • Key Ingredients: Phytoestrogens, essential vitamins, and minerals.
  • Benefits: FemmeX supports hormonal balance and alleviates common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. Phytoestrogens mimic estrogen in the body, helping to balance hormone levels naturally. The inclusion of vitamins and minerals ensures comprehensive support for overall health, addressing the broader impacts of menopause on a woman’s body. This holistic approach helps manage hormonal fluctuations and provides relief from the discomforts of menopause.

By integrating these herbal and mineral supplements into daily routines, along with a balanced diet, women can significantly ease the transition through menopause. Always consult with a healthcare provider to determine the best approach for your individual health needs.

Combining Supplements with Natural Therapies

Alongside supplements, our clinic utilises complementary natural therapies such as Acupuncture and Remedial Massage, which not only support hormonal balance but also enhance overall health by reducing stress, improving blood flow, and promoting homeostasis. These therapies are integral to our holistic approach, helping each woman manage menopause not just as a biological event but as a full spectrum of health optimisation.

woman having Remedial Massage as a natural therapy to reduce menopause symptoms


Navigating through menopause can be a challenging time, but with the right supplements and natural therapies, it doesn’t have to be. At Evolution Medical Care, we are committed to providing women with personalised, science-based solutions that address the root causes of menopausal symptoms, offering a path to regain balance and enhance quality of life.

Looking for some help?

If you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms and looking for natural, effective solutions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Book an appointment online or give us a call at (02) 4709 6727 to discuss how we can help you achieve hormonal balance and thrive during menopause. We look forward to supporting your journey to wellness with care.