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Ancient Chinese Herbs to Help Manage Your Hot Flashes

Almost every woman going through menopause is searching for ways to help curb the irritating, and often painful, symptoms of menopause. It can be difficult to know which way to turn for help, especially if you do not wish to opt for the sometimes risky hormone replacement therapy (HRT). But there are other ways, specifically herbal remedies, which may help you win the battle against frustrating menopausal hot flashes.

The following is a list of herbs that were used in ancient China because of their medicinal purposes, and which  help women stay cool during menopause.

Ginkgo Biloba

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Ginkgo biloba has many positive effects on the human body.Studies indicate that in ancient Chinese culture use ginkgo tree seeds to eliminate cancer, and were anti-vinous. Nowadays, ginkgo is prescribed in Europe and used by many people in the U.S., Canada and across the world for its medicinal properties. It is now widely used as an herbal treatment for mind enhancement and various diseases.

Ginkgo biloba is known to have many positive effects on the human body: improvement of blood flow, protection against cell damage, enhancing mental alertness, and combating mental fatigue and blood clots. It is also used to help combat hot flashes because of its effects on blood flow through the body and it is able to regulate the frequency and severity of hot flashes.

Dong Quai

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Dong quai has been used most commonly to treat gynecological problems.Dong Quai is a perennial plant that is found in the mountains of Japan, China, and Korea. For thousands of years healers have turned to dong quai's thick, brown roots for its array of medicinal uses. Dong quai has been referred as the “female herb” because of its variety of health benefits for women.

In ancient China, it was used because of its phytoestrogenic properties that have the ability to stabilize female hormone levels. When a woman's hormones are stabilized, it is less likely that she will experience the common side effects of menopause, including hot flashes.

Ginseng

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Ginseng helps combat menopausal symptoms.Ginseng interacts with the body in two specific ways that help combat menopausal symptoms. It contains ginsenosides and phytoestrogens. Ginsenosides are also known as an adaptogen that can boost stamina and energy in humans, and are capable of protecting against memory loss. The second way that ginseng interacts with the body is through hormones.

Hormones play one of the most important roles during menopause. When you are going through menopause, your body produces less of the vital hormones, resulting in the symptoms many experience during menopause. Ginseng increases levels of estrogen by substituting human hormones with phytoestrogenic hormones, and lowering the number of hot flashes you have during menopause.

It is important to know which Chinese remedies will help alleviate your hot flashes. If you want to learn more, click on the following link to learn about other ways to handle hot flashes.

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