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Herbal Remedies

Many people confuse natural HRT with herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms. Such applications usually fall far short of a solution for most women – ingredients such as Dong Quai or Black Cohosh. Even Wild Yam extract itself is useless until it has had its natural extract (diosgenin) converted to useable forms of hormones, so using Wild Yam extract itself can be completely ineffective.

Prescription Medications

Some antidepressant medications such as Prozac may be effective in relieving hot flushes Dixarit (a migraine medication) may also be useful in relieving hot flushes.


This technique has been shown to be effective in alleviating menopausal symptoms. However for acupuncture to be effective it needs to be performed at least fortnightly.

Synthetic HRT

Leading experts in the field of bio-identical hormone therapy, Drs John Lee and Jonathan Wright both agree that women need to be clear about the established risks of synthetic HRT. The source for natural hormones is wild yam or soya bean: the extract is converted to match the hormones found in the human body.

What are the Risks?

As per our mission statement: “To manage patient’s treatment at the lowest possible dose for the shortest course of treatment where benefits should always outweigh any risks.

The benefit of treatment must always be balanced alongside the risk of any treatment. For every woman this may be different i.e age, heart disease, clots in veins, breast cancer and these will be assessed on an individual basis by your medical team. Managing menopause can be an absolute nightmare to the point where women can become suicidal (which in itself is obviously a very high risk).

Our aim will always be to use treatments that will have minimal risks to you.


Medical Info

Treatment Options

Natural HRT

Natural HRT (also referred to as NHRT) is practised around the world by committed doctors, with outstanding results. Natural HRT relies on bio-identical hormones to alleviate the symptoms of menopause: the hormones match our own hormones at a molecular level, and are plant-based. Around 15% of women have the 'ideal menopause'; others experience symptoms – symptoms that can almost always be treated. Menopause is also referred to as the 'change of life', or 'climacteric'.

Conventional hormone replacement therapy (ie synthetic HRT) relies on synthetic imitations of the hormones.


Natural HRT doses can be tailored to suit you according to your experience of the effectiveness.

Natural HRT can effectively end hot flushes and other discomforts.