Hot flushes, fat and weight gain, dry skin, thinning hair, osteoporosis - the list goes on. Yet we all know people who have come through the menopause relatively unscathed and full of vitality, so there must be a route through it. Traditional medicine aims to treat the symptoms, and for many women this works for them. However many others nowadays feel that in the longer term they are better off addressing the core wellbeing issues of diet and exercise and treating the causes with natural therapies. Diet, in the sense of healthy foods, and exercise are dealt with in other sections, and HRT is a matter for you to discuss with your GP. Here the focus is on natural remedies.