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If you’re looking to manage your menopause as naturally as possible, you might be intrigued to know what alternative treatments are out there. Well, you’re in the right place.

There’s a lot to get your head round when it comes to natural medicine – there are loads of different types, nuances and philosophies.

We’re here to shine a light on the top five kinds of natural medicine: Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Naturopathy. Under each tab we’ll try and explain in the simplest terms what each one is, how long it’s been around and, of course, point you in the direction of some registered practitioners (both online and face-to-face).

Every year, thousands of perimenopausal and menopausal women turn to alternative medicine to help them get on top of their symptoms. That might be because they don’t like the risks associated with HRT and cancer, or because the menopause is a natural process and they want a natural solution to it.

Unlike HRT, natural medicine doesn’t replace the hormones your body is losing. Instead it takes a holistic approach, aiming to correct the deeper causes of your symptoms. But remember, just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s without risk. So, before rushing to the supplements stand, it’s always best to consult a registered practitioner of natural medicine who can offer tailored advice based on your symptoms.

Ayurveda
Chinese Medicine
Herbalism
Homeopathy
Naturopathy

Ayurveda originates from India, dating back thousands of years. It aims to bring mind, body and spirit into harmony. There are three levels of Ayurvedic qualification: Doctor, Practitioner and Therapist. We noticed it’s rare for any to mention a specialisation on their website but that doesn’t mean they don’t treat menopause symptoms.

A practitioner will identify your unique ‘dosha’ – your mind-body constitution. A variety of treatments are then prescribed to suit your dosha, such as nutrition, yoga, meditation or herbs. Seeing a practitioner in-person means you’ll most likely enjoy a number of hands-on therapies and massages, involving warm oils and herbal compresses.

Find a local registered practitioner via the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK or the Ayurvedic Professionals Association website.

AYURVEDATRI – WOMEN’S WELLNESS SOLUTIONS

Vandana Baranwal is an academic writer, teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda, and a specialist in women’s hormonal health, including menopause. She’s based in the US but consults worldwide online.

WE LIKE:
  • She has a Masters in Ayurvedic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and has written a paper for an academic journal on the use of Ayurveda in menopause
  • She’s written a book about Ayurvedic gynaecology and regularly contributes to scientific journals and women’s health magazines
  • She’s won an award for her teaching of Ayurveda
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  • Her articles on the Ayurvedic view of and approach to menopause
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THE AYURVEDIC CLINIC

Dr Wathsala Wijesinghe and Dr Deepika Rodrigo run The Ayurvedic Clinic in Croydon. Both specialists in women’s hormonal health from puberty to menopause, they work with a team of Ayurvedic therapists helping to deliver their hands-on treatments. They also provide online consultations for those further afield.

WE LIKE:
  • The positive video testimonials sharing real treatment stories for various conditions
  • They teach Ayurveda through their Ayurvedic Institute
  • Extensive explanations of Ayurveda and its approach to health
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  • Their skincare range, Dermaved – it’s fab for dry, sensitive, itchy and troubled skin, which can be a common symptom in menopause
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This ancient system of medicine spans a history of over 2,000 years. According to Chinese Medicine, our Qi (vital energy) flows through our body along various meridians (energy lines), with each associated with a specific organ. You get ill when your Qi is blocked, weak or out of balance.

A range of therapies are used to bring you back to health, including herbs, acupuncture (where very fine needles are inserted at various points along the meridians) and Tui Na massage. There is also a strong focus on prevention through nutrition, lifestyle and self-care exercises like Qigong and Tai Chi.

To find your nearest registered acupuncturist in the UK, take a look at the British Acupuncture Council or the British Acupuncture Association. There’s also the Acupuncture Acutherapy Council and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine which covers Chinese Herbalists and Tui Na practitioners.

ANCIENT MENOPAUSE

Kimberly Rose is trained in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, as well as Western Clinical Herbalism. She’s also a holistic health and mindfulness coach whose main focus is helping women experiencing menopause. She offers online consultations.

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  • Her free advice on the ‘Top 5 Acupressure Points for Menopausal Symptoms’
  • That she combines ancient and modern approaches
  • You can dip your toe in and give it a try with as little as a two-week commitment
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  • Her eight-week Ancient Menopause Programme which includes classes, a consultation, coaching sessions, a herbal prescription, advice on nutrition and much more
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EILEEN MANNION ACUPUNCTURE

Eileen Mannion is an acupuncturist based in Huddersfield UK, who specialises in treating menopause and fertility issues.

WE LIKE:
  • Her free downloadable ‘Master The Menopause Guide’ which explains how hormones get out of balance and contains food and lifestyle tips
  • Her book ‘Nourishment for the Menopause’, which is packed with ooodles of nutritional advice and recipes
  • You can book a free 15-minute consultation by phone or email
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  • If you can’t get to her clinic, try her ‘Second Spring Bundle’ – it contains an acupressure kit plus a month’s supply of D’Ao Labs dietary supplements; Emotional Balance and Physical Tranquility
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Acupuncture by Vanessa: Vanessa is an acupuncturist who treats menopause, as well as offering Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. She’s based in Coalville in Leicestershire.

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Acupuncture Works: Colette Assor has been practising acupuncture for over 20 years and has an impressive number of testimonials on her website. Working out of two clinics in North London, one of her areas of focus is women’s health and the menopause.

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Chiltern Natural Therapies: Nazma Khan Grace combines acupuncture, Western Herbal Medicine and deep tissue massage, treating menopause among other things. Her clinic is in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

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Cotswold Menopause: Based in Cheltenham, Andrea Marsh’s main tool for helping menopausal women is Japanese Shiatsu massage, which uses principles based on Chinese Medicine. She also offers online consultations, plus has a number of books and videos on the menopause.

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Sarah Brown Acupuncture: Sarah has been practising acupuncture for over 20 years, helping to improve women’s health including menopause. She also offers cosmetic acupuncture, facial massage and acupressure treatments and is based in Oxfordshire.

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The Alma Vale Centre: Jill Glover specialises in gynaecology, and with over 30 years experience, you’re in safe hands. Her centre is based in Bristol and integrates acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and coaching.

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Medical herbalists use plants and herbs to create medicines.

All plants contain chemical compounds, and medicinal plants contain specific compounds that have beneficial effects on the body. While conventional medicines are usually petrochemical copies of one active plant constituent, Herbalists use extracts from the whole plant and may combine a number of herbs, taking a holistic approach to the underlying causes rather than just focusing on a person’s symptoms.

These are often prescribed in the form of tinctures or liquid extracts, taken diluted in water. Western Herbal Medicine uses plants that grow in Europe and North America.

To find your nearest registered herbalist in the UK, check out the National Institute of Medical Herbalist’s website.

CAROLINE SHELDRICK

Caroline Sheldrick has been a qualified Medical Herbalist since 2003. She offers in-person consultations from four clinics based in Gloucestershire, and specialises in the menopause.

WE LIKE:
  • Her ‘Herb of the Month’ section where she talks about a specific plant, how it can be used in the kitchen and medically, plus the scientific evidence for its efficacy
  • Her page on ‘Antiviral Herbs’ and her Antiviral Mix containing echinacea, astragalus and elderberry with a little ginger
  • She’s also trained in nutrition
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  • Her ‘Herbal Medicine in Menopause’ advice, packed with supplement recommendations, diet and lifestyle tips, and which herbal teas to try
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PERIMENOPAUSE NATURALLY

Inna Duckworth is a Medical Herbalist and perimenopause expert, who specialises in treating perimenopausal women, consulting with her clients online. She’s also trained in spiritual healing using the Plant Spirit Medicine – Taoist 5- Element Healing Protocols.

WE LIKE:
  • Her Nutritional Assessment service where your diet is analysed to identify nutritional deficiencies and to make recommendations
  • The combination of clinical herbalism with the more spiritual approach of Plant Spiritual Medicine
  • Try before you commit with a free 15-minute introductory chat
WE LOVE:
  • If you’re London-based like Inna, she offers in-person Plant Spirit Medicine healing sessions
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THE NOTTINGHAM HERBALIST

Katherine Bellchambers is The Nottingham Herbalist. As a qualified Medical Herbalist, she specialises in hormonal health, including the menopause. She offers consultations both online and in-person.

WE LIKE:
  • Reading some of the great clients testimonials and success stories
  • Enjoy a free 30-minute appointment to discuss your needs
  • Her blogs on how to make a herbal salve and a herbal-infused oil
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  • Her page on stress and her explanation of how it’s at the root of so many health issues, especially hormonal ones
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Deanne Greenwood: a Medical Herbalist specialising in menopause, Deanne consults online. Make sure you check out for her downloads on a range of topics including meditation, diet and lifestyle advice, herbal infusions, pelvic floor exercises and aromatherapy.

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Homeopathy is the second most widely-used system of medicine in the world, with over 200 million users. It’s a common misconception that homeopathy involves herbs and supplements – in fact, thanks to lots of help from Sarah Davison (who you can find out more about below), we now know it’s something quite different.

While it does use natural substances derived from plants, minerals and animals, they are ‘potentised’ through serial dilution and shaking. These potentised remedies aim to stimulate your innate self-healing mechanism to resolve symptoms, using the same principle as vaccinations, with zero side-effects.

Treatment usually involves a series of consultations, which then result in a homeopath prescribing liquid or pill remedies to fit your symptoms, the cause of your problem, and who you are as a person.

To find your nearest registered homeopath in the UK visit Find a Homeopath.

THRIVE HOMEOPATHY

Sarah Davison is a Natural Menopause Expert and Homeopath. She believes the best way to get results treating menopause naturally is to take an integrative approach. For that reason she combines homeopathy with advanced hormone testing and nutritional therapy. To do that she has Julie Deeks, a functional nutritionist, on her team.

WE LIKE:
  • Her free, on-demand video, ‘How to Escape Menopause Misery without Synthetic Hormones’
  • Free test to check if you’re in perimenopause and how many symptoms you have
  • Her ‘Natural Menopause’ Facebook group
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  • The range and variety of her menopause programmes to fit every budget and need. Some include hormone testing plus personal homeopathic and nutritional treatment; another involves a regular share & learn Zoom group; and a third provides on-demand educational webinars and personal assessment.
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CHELSEA GREEN

Chelsea Green is a holistic hormone specialist. She combines homeopathy with nutrition and health coaching and is a certified women’s health coach and Third Age coach.

WE LIKE:
  • Her ‘Power Hour Plus’ – great for if you feel on track but would like to get a bit of extra insight and guidance on your health journey
  • Her free ‘Ultimate Guide to Thriving Through the Menopause’
  • Some interesting and informative blogs on menopause
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  • Her 90-Day ‘Menopause Transformation’ package, which includes homeopathy, a detox, nutrition plan, lifestyle advice and health coaching
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HOMEOPATHY HEALING

Homeopath Eileen Scullion’s main focus is helping women with their hormones at all stages of life – including the perimenopause and menopause.

WE LIKE:
  • Her attention to detoxing the system of old hormones, drugs and poor diet
  • Try before you commit with a free 15-minute ‘Menopause Clarity Call’
  • Plenty of informative blogs on menopause to get your teeth into
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  • Her ‘Happy Hormones’ programme, which includes homeopathic detox
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The Hormone Fairy: Cat, AKA The Hormone Fairy, is a trained homeopath, reiki healer, crystal healer and menopause coach. She offers a number of different types of packages and programmes and even has a VIP club.

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Natural Health Surrey: Naziana Searle specialises in women’s health including menopause and perimenopause. She has a number of really informative blogs on her website, as well as a free guide to menopause, and a free perimenopause planner.

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Naturopaths are kind of like the GPs of natural medicine and tend to specialise in one particular type, for example homeopathy, acupuncture or herbal medicine, meaning their skills often overlap with those of other natural medicine systems.

Practitioners use a mixed approach, which includes lifestyle and dietary advice, fasting, hydrotherapy, tissue salts and other natural remedies according to their client’s specific needs. They also use diagnostic tests of blood, stool and urine where necessary, plus techniques such as iridology.

Functional Medicine overlaps to a large extent with Naturopathy, using tests to determine the root cause of illness. It’s quite common to find practitioners trained in other alternative medicines to also be qualified in Functional Medicine.

To find your nearest registered naturopath in the UK, visit the General Council and Register or Naturopaths or the General Naturopathic Council’s website.

ANGELA COUNSEL

Angela Counsel is a Naturopath, Kinesiologist and Mindset Coach based in Sydney, Australia. She specialises in the menopause and works online.

WE LIKE:
  • Her e-book, ‘Understanding Menopause’
  • The ‘Wise Women Conversations’ podcast she produces
  • A free set of tutorial videos called the ‘7-day Hormone Reset’
WE LOVE:
  • Her 12-week ‘Embrace Health & Lifestyle’ programme, which includes weekly videos, a coaching group, and a personalised health plan
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Bridgeham® Clinic

Based in West Sussex, the Bridgeham® Clinic is an award-winning, private healthcare service specialising in osteopathy, Pilates and Garuda® fitness, and are also members of the Menopause Society.

WE LIKE:
  • Arrange an initial 15-minute consultation to see how their health practitioners can help you with your symptoms (most of them offer this for free)
  • Acupuncture, meditation, nutrition, osteopathy, hypnotherapy/EFT, Pranic Healing and Pilates are just some of the services they offer
  • Choose between a tailored programme just for you or from a selection of off-the-shelf programmes to get you back on track
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  • Their 28-day Perimenopause Programme with nutritionist Birgitta to get on top of all your diet and supplement needs
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MENOPAUSE NATURAL SOLUTIONS

Jennifer Harrington is a Sydney-based Naturopath specialising exclusively in helping women in menopause. She consults online worldwide.

WE LIKE:
  • Her book ‘From Invisible to Invincible – The Natural Menopause Revolution’
  • Her podcast with guest speakers who talk to the various issues that affect menopausal women
  • Online retreats from the comfort of your own home (perfect for during a pandemic)
WE LOVE:
  • The Menopause Makeover – an online programme combining self-study and group sessions on lifestyle changes, limiting your exposure to environmental toxins and nutrition
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Roderick Lane Naturopath: Roderick’s been a practising Naturopath for 35 years. He’s a specialist in all things endocrine – that’s hormones to you and me. He founded and runs the London College of Naturopathic Medicine and consults out of London and Jersey, UK.

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Wellness Health & Beauty: Iwona Pozorska is a Nutritional Therapist & Naturopath, specialising in women’s health, including menopause and perimenopause. Consulting from London’s Harley Street and Berkhamsted, she offers DNA testing to help personalise your nutritional plan.

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