Pacifica Women’s Health
11101 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034 USA
Elisa Lottor, author of “Female and Forgetful” and is a nutritionist who holds a Doctorate in Homeopathyand is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor who helps theyou with the challenges of menopause nuturally.
A NATURAL APPROACH TO MENOPAUSE
Some consider menopause a woman’s final right of passage. Others call it her last hurrah. Some women greet it with feelings of sadness and despair, while others heave a gigantic sigh of relief. Whatever the response, menopause, with all its accompanying symptoms, is an unavoidable and major event in every women’s life.
Elisa S. Lottor, Ph.D., a naturopathic physician with doctorate degrees in nutrition and homeopathy, views menopause as a natural life transition rather than a physical condition that requires medication. She has found that the most effective approach in dealing with its unpleasant symptoms-such as hot flashes and insomnia-is a multifaceted one that includes nutritional and lifestyle changes as well as the use of phyto-estrogens and phyto-proesterones (plant-based hormones).
“Ninety-nine percent of the world doesn’t medicate for menopause,” she explained. “There are natural protocols for a host of the physical maladies that go along with it. Menopause is not a condition, it is a transaction”.
Symptoms such as mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia and weepiness are due to fluctuations in hormones that can be controlled with herbs, natural progesterone, homeopathics and vitamins and minerals. Lottor’s treatment program always begins with dietary modifications to make sure all nutritional requirements are being met. Some foods even exacerbate the symptoms accompanying menopause. Digestion of coffee, alcohol and sugar, for example, causes the body to excrete trace minerals, and is hard on the adrenal glands. The adrenals are responsible for synthesizing hormones during menopause, and women with compromised adrenals trend to have a more difficult menopause, she said.
“I create an individualized program for each person that is geared to her condition and constitution.”
Lottor, a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, splits her time between a practice in Santa Monica and one in Santa Barbara. Most of her patients come to her through referral from other M.D.s. For the most part, diagnoses have already been made, and Lottor is called upon to offer alternative sources of treatment. Some, however, come to see her of their own accord, and if Lottor sees anything suspicious, she is quick to send the patient to another health care practitioner.
Turning to phytomedicines to treat a women with menopausal symptoms, Lottor might recommend a course of St. John’s Wort for depression, or evening primrose oil for treatment of premenstrual-stress syndrome. Bilberry is effective in improving eyesight and circulation, she said. Valerian is a natural tranquilizer, Cava Cava relieves anxiety, and amino acids such as L-Glutamine help curb food cravings. “But you have to know what to take, when to take it, how much and in what form. You also have to know how everything works together. Between vitamins, diet and homeopathics, there are a lot of instruments I can play.”
According to Lottor, “Women go through all kinds of changes when menopause begins,and they need to know there are a lot of remedies out there besides those which traditional medicine provides.”