Osteoporosis is a disorder which weakens the bones and makes the spine and hip bones susceptible to fractures. Certain life-styles and hormonal factors contribute to this condition.
Some factors which contribute towards this condition include low levels of estrogen in women especially post-menopause, use of tobacco, lack of calcium, lack of exercises with weights, excessive consumption of alcohol and due to certain medicines. Drugs are available to treat this condition which effects stoppage or slowing down the process of bone loss but they also have too many side effects. Herbs are found to be better alternative. Some of them are:
- Pagoda Tree: This is a deciduous tree which is found in China. ‘Genistine’ is a plant hormone found in this tree which has the capability to interact with the estrogen receptors in our body. This assists in relieving symptoms of osteoporosis.
- Wedelia: Also called ‘Pila Bhangra’ in Ayurvedic terminology; this is a perennial plant with yellow flowers. The phytoestrogens found in this plant have the ability to increase bone strength, assist in bone formation and reduce bone loss.
- Veld grapes: Also called ‘Asthisamharaka’ in the Ayurvedic terminology, this plant belongs to the family of grapes. The phytoestrogens produced by this plant assist in bone formation, improves body metabolism and improves the absorption of minerals such as calcium which are essential for building bones.
- Yunnan Yew: This is a coniferous tree in China. The bark of this tree is said to contain phytoestrogen called ‘isotaxiresinol’ which has the potential to prevent bone loss and promote bone strengthening.
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