Use Natural Remedies to Ease Menopause-Related Symptoms Two top natural choices to consider: Phytoestrogens and black cohosh. Phytoestrogens are plant substances that bind to estrogen receptors in mammals. Soy foods and other legumes, flax seeds, apples, carrots, fennel, celery, and parsley are dietary sources. A high-phytoestrogen diet is thought to explain why menopausal symptoms appear to occur less frequently in cultures that consume a predominantly plant-based diet.
Black cohosh is the most studied herbal therapy for menopause symptoms. Research indicates that it is most effective for hot flashes, mood swings, sleep disorders, and body aches. It also appears to be helpful in reducing anxiety, as well as symptoms of anxiety such as heart palpitations. Some studies have used black cohosh in combination with St. John’s wort, red clover, soy, and/or chaste tree berry.