Menopause, Migraines, Weight Loss Women

An Interview with Susun Weed

| July/August 2007

  • Stinging nettle, a nourishing herb, strengthens and builds the adrenals.

Susun Weed, an herbalist in Woodstock, New York, teaches an ancient course of study called “The Wise Woman Way” via workshops, correspondence courses and live-in apprenticeships. She is the author of Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way and Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way (all books from Ash Tree Publishing). She also runs the Wise Woman Center in upstate New York. Visit her website at

RANDY PEYSER: What are women most concerned about regarding their health?

SUSUN WEED: Women are concerned about menopause, and how to stay healthy during and after menopause. Women are concerned about their bones, their hearts and their breasts. They want to know how to stay juicy.

R.P.: My own concern with menopause is weight gain.

S.W.: Gaining weight during menopause actually is quite natural and healthy. As one’s estrogen production shifts away from being ovarian-focused, we need more estrogen that is produced by fat cells, and the adrenals. The adrenals are very hardworking organs. They help us deal with stress. A lot of women feel very stressed, and what happens is that they gain weight because the adrenals aren’t quite up to the job.

R.P.: How can we best deal with this?

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