#8: Royal Jelly
In traditional Asian medicine, health and well-being are believed to be a balance of two equally important, but opposing, principlesyin and yang. Yin is associated with attributes such as femininity, receptivity, calmness, coolness, and moisture. Yin also regulates the fluids, blood, and tissues of your body, as well as its structural components, including flesh, tendons, and bones. Yang, on the other hand, is associated with masculinity, aggression, heat, and dryness. It also regulates your bodys energy, which acts as the spark plug to your structural elements.
In younger women, this balance seems to be maintained almost effortlessly. But maintaining an optimal yin-yang balance becomes much more difficult once you reach middle age and menopause, when its common to experience symptoms such as menopause hot flashes, night sweats, tissue dryness, insomnia, and mood swings. In Asian medicine, these menopause symptoms occur, in part, because yin becomes deficient. But in Western medicine, these bodily changes are explained by the decline in estrogenwhich, coincidentally, is a yin-like element.
To restore your yin–and, as a result, balance your estrogen levels–you can take a variety of yin-supporive herbs. One such supplement is royal jelly, which has been used for centuries to balance female hormones, promote reproductive health, and ease menopause symptoms. Take 1/4 teaspoon of the liquid form of organic royal jelly twice a day.