Menopause is a natural stage of life in which people stop menstruating. Tea made with specific ingredients may help to relieve some symptoms of menopause.
A variety of symptoms accompany menopause, including:
Some people going through menopause decide to have hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to relieve their symptoms. However, others may prefer to try a natural alternative to help relieve symptoms, such as menopause tea.
There is limited evidence to suggest that herbal teas can relieve menopause symptoms. Some studies have shown promising results, but others have not.
A 2019 literature review found that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments for menopause symptoms had mixed efficacy. The researchers also noted that there were safety concerns regarding CAM treatments.
A person should speak to their doctor before using teas as a treatment for menopause symptoms. Some ingredients may cause side effects or interact with medications.
Below are some ingredients commonly used in different kinds of menopause tea:
Black cohosh is one of the most studied herbs. Native Americans have historically used it to treat a range of conditions. Researchers have reported some evidence that black cohosh can help relieve hot flashes and insomnia due to menopause. However, further research is necessary, particularly regarding safety.
According to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements,
Red clover contains isoflavones, which are structurally similar to estrogen and could help reduce menopause symptoms. However, according to the
Further research into the side effects of red clover is needed, but pregnant or breastfeeding people should not take it.
Also known as Asian ginseng, this plant has anti-inflammatory properties and displays hormonal effects similar to estrogen. It may help manage hot flashes.
There is limited research into Panax ginseng. Short-term use appears to be safe, but one of its
People have traditionally used this herb to treat insomnia and anxiety. One study suggested it may be helpful for people who have trouble sleeping or hot flashes due to menopause.
According to the
St. John’s wort
Some people use St. John’s wort in traditional medicines for nervous disorders and inflammation. According to the
St John’s wort is available in many forms, including teas and skin lotions. However, it is important to note that it interacts with many medications.
Dong quai is primarily used in conjunction with other herbs, such as black cohosh.
A 2019 review investigated CAM treatments for menopause symptoms, including dong quai. The researchers found that women who used products containing dong quai saw a greater reduction in hot flashes and night sweats than women who took a placebo. However, the researchers also stated that further study is necessary.
Licorice contains many active ingredients, including terpenes, isoflavonoids, and steroids.
Researchers found that licorice could
Although research results are mixed, some studies suggest Ginkgo biloba could be helpful for problems with concentration and low libido in postmenopausal women. Potential side effects include headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and allergic reactions.
According to the
Fennel is a member of the carrot family, and research shows that it has anti-inflammatory effects.
According to the North American Menopause Society, individuals looking for additional or alternative methods to manage menopausal symptoms without HRT may also be interested in pursuing lifestyle changes, such as:
- quitting smoking
- being physically active
- eating a balanced diet
- maintaining a moderate weight
- managing stress
- controlling their blood pressure
Below are some of the most common questions and answers about tea for menopause.
What herb is best for menopause?
Scientific studies have not yet proved that any herbs effectively manage menopause symptoms.
What ingredients are in menopause tea?
That depends on the tea, so users should read ingredients carefully in formulated menopause teas. It is also possible to buy, or prepare at home, a menopause tea from a single ingredient.
Is menopause tea safe?
While herbs used in tea to manage menopause are generally considered safe, there is a risk of side effects with some. Also, they may interact with other medications.
Carefully review any ingredients before using menopause tea. A person should speak to a doctor about possible side effects and medication interactions before trying a menopause tea.
Menopause is a natural stage in life, but it can come with a number of symptoms that negatively affect an individual’s physical and emotional health. People who are avoiding or cannot have HRT may seek natural products, such as menopause tea.
The results of scientific studies on alternative treatments for menopause symptoms are inconsistent and inconclusive.
Before using a menopause tea, check with a healthcare professional regarding possible side effects and drug interactions.