Natures medicine chest contains herbs valuable for HRT that are safe and natural. Some HRT herbs restore hormonal balance, support bone growth, improve circulation and supply nutrients needed for bones to grow. To the best of my knowledge, there have not been any scientific studies on herbs effectiveness in treating osteoporosis, though anecdotal reports from women say they may help. One woman who called me had osteoporosis so badly she was permanently bent over. She was using progesterone cream, along with magnesium and calcium supplements. She excitedly reported to me that her back appeared to be straightening out and her pain was retreating. If you suspect you have osteoporosis or have a strong family history of this disease, check with a qualified practitioner for medical advice. If you would like to try a more natural osteoporosis prevention and treatment program, some of the following tips might help.
I think some herbs help HRT because of the bone-building nutrients they possess and in some cases the way in which they support like your muscles and tendon that are in and around the bone.
Helpful herbs for bones and HRT alternatives are horsetail, dandelion, oatstraw, chaste tree berry, black cohosh, alfalfa, borage seed, licorice root, nettles, dong quai, mustard and kelp. Natural progesterone cream and wild yam cream can be included here, too. Herbs for better blood circulation (and thus healing), hawthorn, Siberian ginseng, motherwort, bilberries, capsicum and ginkgo biloga. Vitamin E is also helpful.
Face it, we are what we eat and what we don’t eat. Prevention often lies in our diets. There are many nutritional factors contributing to bone loss. Many of the foods common to the typical American diet are nutritionally depleted before we even bring them home. Many Americans have significant nutritional deficiencies without realizing it. High intakes of caffeine, protein, salt, sugars, soft drinks and processed foods deplete your body of calcium and other important vitamins, minerals and enzymes necessary for healthy bone production. Calcium absorption is also affected by the amount of fat in your diet.
In 1988, The National Women’s Health Network found in countries where women ate less calcium than Americans, the incidence of osteoporosis was actually much lower than the women in the United States. The Bantu women of South Africa consume only 220 to 440 mg of calcium each day, yet osteoporosis is rare. It’s not enough to eat a lot of calcium to ensure strong bones. You also need to control those substances and habits that rob the body of calcium such as caffeine, alcohol, smoking, sugar, sodium, phosphates and excessive animal protein.