Managing Menopause with Panax Ginseng

Managing Menopause with Panax Ginseng


Hot flashes are uncomfortable enough without the added heat of summer weather. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a solution? Something that can help regulate your storming hormones? You’re in luck.

Ginseng is renowned for its ability to improve memory and concentration. But did you know that it is also used as an age-old treatment for the symptoms of menopause? Thanks to the ginsenosides—compounds found in ginseng that also improve brain function and blood flow—this wonder herb is a trusted ally that can help women manage menopause, naturally.


What Is Ginseng?

One of the most researched herbs, ginseng has gained distinction for its ability to promote health and prolong life. It has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, for a wide variety of ailments. From boosting the immune system and improving physical endurance to treating cancer and helping the body deal with stress, ginseng can also help combat the symptoms of menopause (such as mood swings, hot flashes, fatigue, decreased libido, and impairment of cognitive function).

These days, ginseng is a household name that can be found in many stores throughout the world, treating both men and women for a host of conditions. Researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of ginseng’s health benefits, including its ability to address the symptoms of menopause.


How Can Ginseng Treat Menopause?

Although more research needs to be done to understand how ginseng affects menopause, many women report relief from many of their symptoms. The estrogen-like effects of ginseng are thought to increase sexual arousal, improve symptoms of depression, as well as regulate the body temperature, helping with hot flashes. 


Is ginseng the right choice for you?

Some of the symptoms of menopause can be treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Because of the serious side effects associated with long-term HRT use, however, many women are turning to lifestyle changes and safer, alternative forms of therapy for relief. 

Panax ginseng has been found to activate estrogen receptors, so it may help manage hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. This powerful herb has many health benefits, but make sure to talk with a qualified health professional before using it if you have breast cancer or a personal or family history of it. On the other hand, there is research to support the use of Panax ginseng to treat and prevent various cancers, including breast cancer. As with all mighty remedies, appropriate use is key, but if this root fits your need, you too will soon be singing its praises.




Dr. Melissa Carr is a registered Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine, caring for patients in an integrative medicine clinic in Vancouver.