Help For Hot Flashes

Written by Sarah Provost
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There are a wide variety of remedies and techniques that can provide help for hot flashes. In the past, hormone replacement therapy was the most common treatment, but when the risks of HRT are taken into account, it seems wise to try other methods first. Vitamin supplements, herbal remedies, lifestyle changes and stress reduction techniques can all be helpful.

Herbs and Vitamins Offer Help for Hot Flashes

Herbal remedies have grown in popularity in recent years as an alternative to traditional hormone therapy. The most commonly recommended herb is Black Cohosh, which is available in pill or tincture form and has shown some effectiveness in reducing hot flashes. The Chinese herb Dong Quai is also considered to offer help for hot flashes, as has Vitamin E.

Eating a diet high in soy products has been proven to lessen hot flashes. Soy contains a substance called phytoestrogen that is the plant equivalent of human estrogen and acts in similar ways. You should also cut down the levels of alcohol and caffeine in your diet and limit spicy foods.

Help for hot flashes can come from techniques so simple as to be overlooked. Drinking a cold glass of water when the hot flash begins can be very helpful, as is simply avoiding overheated rooms and dressing in layers so you can adjust to the temperature as needed. Wearing natural fibers that "breathe" is also a good idea, particularly at night. Finally, anything that reduces your level of stress, such as yoga, meditation, or even a relaxing bath, will also help reduce hot flashes.


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