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Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes - No More Side Effects!

Updated on June 25, 2011

Natural remedies for hot flashes, the number one annoyance during the menopausal years, have become increasingly popular. The concern over the side effects of drugs has fueled the trend, perhaps sparked by the 2002 Women's Health Initiative study. In the 2002 study, it was reported that the standard hormone replacement therapy treatment for hot flash increases major health risks. Natural remedies are believed to be safer without these side effects.

What natural remedies are available to treat hot flashes? Essentially, there are two basic ways: changing your lifestyle, and taking botanical supplements. Let's concentrate on herbal treatment here and leave lifestyle changes to another article.

How safe are natural remedies for hot flashes? Are the herbs suitable for long term use? For the answer, we shall look at what herbs are being used in the treatments.

Herbalists generally separate herbs into three groups: those that are also common food items; those used strictly for medicinal purposes; and those poisonous and not safe for human consumption. Herbal remedies only make use of items in the first and second groups. Their long term safety, though not established in the laboratory, has been proven throughout the ages in real life applications.

Why are natural herbal supplements able to treat hot flashes? Firstly, you have to understand that the declining estrogen hormone is the main cause of hot flash during the menopausal years. A lot of herbs can help rejuvenate estrogen production or contain a natural estrogen replacement. This effectively stop hot flashes at their roots.

Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes
Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

Of all of the natural remedies for hot flashes, black cohosh appears to be the safest and most effective. Its root has been used in Europe for many years to treat women experiencing menopausal symptoms. Other than relieving hot flash, it is believed to help with menopausal depression and listlessness.

A herb you can easily find in most gardens is sage. When taken as an extract or a tea, sage can reduce the occurrence and severity of hot flashes. The red raspberry leaf is another herb which is known to help.

The extract from the horse chestnut tree, agnus castus, increases progesterone levels in women, and so help with menstrual tension and menopausal symptoms. It is best taken in the morning and requires consumption for quite a while before the benefits show.

Many other herbs like black snakeroot and rattle weed could help relieve hot flashes. You may want to combine a few of them together to give you a complete natural treatment for menopausal symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness and depression. This however requires knowledge in the field of herbal treatments, so you'll be wise to consult a qualified herbalist.

Consulting a herbalist is the best decision you can make before taking any herb. It matters not whether you're thinking of combining the herbs together as a treatment. The herbalists can advise you the benefits of different herbs and the right ones to suit your body needs. They can also help you concoct the right mix of natural remedies for hot flashes while avoiding any unwanted side effects.

One factor you must take into account when using herbal supplements is its dosage. It isn't as precise as a drug is. You may have to consume a much larger quantity of a herb to see the effects. This is another area where a herbalist will help.

It seems also that certain lifestyle and dietary factors can interfere with the effectiveness of herbs. Avoiding hot flash stimulants and exercising regularly helps. So you may want to embrace the natural remedies for hot flashes fully in both lifestyle changes and herbal treatments to maximize their effects.

Using herbal supplements as natural remedies for hot flashes is not a precise science. What works for another woman may not work for you. So don't be despair when a certain herb fails to help you. Work with a herbalist. Try different strategies. You'll soon discover your own unique solution.


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      Debbie Morgan 6 years ago

      You're absolutely right- a product that works for another woman may not work for you, but you should not get into a despair mode if something doesn't work. After all we all have different body composition. I like the way you have scripted this article on different herbs to alleviate menopausal symptoms. The one thing that I would like to add up here is about Rice Bran Oil. Rice Bran is quite effective in alleviating symptoms of menopause as it has tons of vitamins , minerals and antioxidants. This helps reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats. Researchers have proven that it is due to Rice Bran that Asian women suffer less from symptoms of menopause compared to the women in the west.

      Debbie Morgan

      Founder, Femestra

      In 2005, my mother-in-law started experiencing some of the worst possible side effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy. Her bone density became dangerously low, and she developed bone marrow cancer (which has since been sent in to remission). After ending her stint with HRT, I spent hours on the computer researching other possible remedies for menopause. I came across some interesting Japanese studies, citing that the ingestion of a pure Rice Bran Extract resulted in a remarkable reduction in Hot Flashes and other menopause symptoms. I brought the research to a good friend and respected physician, Dr. Donald Orofino, who confirmed my findings.

      After months of trial and error, we developed a way for this Rice Bran Extract to be effectively absorbed in to the system, and Femestra was born! We also added CLA, a powerful antioxidant which has the added benefit of burning excess belly fat. After years of perfecting our formula, we've attained the best reputation of any natural menopause supplement, and women all across the country have found relief from menopause with Femestra.