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Herbal Remedies and Alternative Treatments for Hot Flashes

Menopause can be an uncomfortable time for a woman. Not only are their hormones fluctuating, causing sudden changes in mood and sometimes irrational thoughts, but there are physical effects as well. Reduced libido, headaches, and irregular periods are all menopausal symptoms, but one of the most common ones is hot flashes.

Read on to gain a better understanding of hot flashes and to learn about herbal remedies and alternative treatments.

Herbal and Alternative Treatments for Hot Flashes

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Many women who suffer from menopausal symptoms like hot flashes are led to believe that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is their only option for relief. Although HRT is still the only scientifically proven treatment for menopause symptoms, it can also cause side effects and increase a woman's risk of developing cancer or heart complications during postmenopause.

Although many herbal remedies have not been scientifically proven to relieve hot flashes, they have not undergone the same research that HRT has. Natural treatment does not carry the same risks that HRT does, so they are safe enough for all women to try. Below you will find a list of natural treatments which should help soothe your hot flashes.

Black Cohosh

Some studies have shown that black cohosh is an effective means of treating hot flashes, and The North American Menopause Society supports the short term use of black cohosh.

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Soy

As a plant that imitates estrogen, ingesting appropriate amounts of soy can help balance the body's estrogen levels, reducing hot flashes. However, too much soy can also displace levels.

Evening Primrose Oil

This can help reduce hot flashes, though it is not scientifically proven. However, women who are taking blood thinners and certain other medications should not try evening primrose oil. Always consult a doctor before treatment.

Lifestyle

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Behavior and lifestyle habits have a huge impact on health. Staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly can all help balance hormones. Also, the body will be more receptive to other treatments if it's in the healthiest condition possible. Alcohol and tobacco can certainly incite hot flashes, so cutting back on these substances may help reduce instances of hot flashes.

More Information

Herbal remedies for hot flashes are beneficial for many women and provide a safe alternative to HRT and other risky measures. Though not all are proven scientifically, there are many personal testaments to the healing powers of natural remedies.

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Diet and Hot Flashes

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Sources:
  • "Hot flashes ... in January". Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2004: 170 (1).
  • Miller, Heather and Rose Maria Li, M.D. "Measuring Hot Flashes: Summary of a National Institutes of Health Workshop". Conference report. Mayo Clinic. June 2004: 79.
  • Sikon, Andrea and Holly Thacker M.D. "Treatment for Menopausal Hot Flashes". Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. July 2004: 71 (7).