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Natural Remedies For Hot Flashes

August 24, 2017

The above words are commonly used, sometimes in desperation, as search terms in all search engines.
About 3/4 of women in North America experience hot flashes that mark the advent of menopause.

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Menopause – a disease?

It is worth to emphasize that menopause is a normal physiological process. It results from the normal aging of the ovaries.

It is not a disease although it is often treated like such due to unpleasant symptoms. Therefore it requires no drugs. Natural remedies for hot flashes and menopause help to bring back the balance in the body and live normal life no matter what.

Hot, hot, hot…

The skin of the head and neck suddenly becomes hot and red.
This could last just a couple of seconds. But it often does lasts longer. The woman never knows when it will come over her again.
And quite often she is equally scared of the chills that sometimes follow.

Other symptoms may not be hot, but are not cool either!

Hot flashes are probably the most dominant and characteristic sign of menopause.
But there are also other symptoms that denote the end of the child-bearing years. Headaches, dizziness, fatigue and insomnia are quite common. Many women will gain weight.

Menopause can really be a particularly stressful stage of life. All of the above can be greatly reduced and/or reduced with careful selection of natural remedies for hot flashes.

Your glandular powerhouse is rapidly changing

Hypothalamus is a part of the brain located just above the pituitary gland. It serves as a link between the nervous and hormonal systems. Endorphins are chemical messengers between the brain and the hormonal (glandular) system. They are needed for proper hypothalamus function.

The endorphin-hypothalamus relationship is linked to sleep patterns, libido, body temperature, mood and metabolism rate.

Natural remedies for hot flashes

Perhaps you’ve heard of phytoestrogens, sometimes referred to as estrogen precursors. They are found in herbs (and certain foods) that have historically been used to tone and feed female glandular system.

They are NOT the real estrogens. But they can easily mimic them. Phytoestrogens occupy estrogen receptors and although less active than synthetic estrogens, due exert biological activity.

Where are those phytoestrogens found?

There is a number of known herbs that are good source of plant estrogens. The most useful herbs are as follows:

  • Black Cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa) especially in a concentrated formulations,  that ensures a consistent dose of triterpene for a full 10 hours, giving you all-day and all-night benefits.
  • Dong Quai (angelica sinensis)
  • Licorice root capsules (glycyrrhiza glabra) or extract.
  • Chaste berry (Vitex agnus)
  • Wild Yam Root (Dioscorea villosa)
  • Wild Yam & Chaste Tree are oftentimes combined for more synergistic effects and are used for other female complaints too.

 Herbs and herbal combinations are healthy, natural, safe remedies that provide all natural benefits in menopause.

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Do not forget your vitamins!

Yes, you will need certain vitamins to get rid of hot flashes.

Did you know that Vitamin B6 is used by the liver to activate estrogen?

Both Vitamin E and Vitamin C (up to 5000 mg) help decrease hot flashes too!

Vitamins as natural remedies for hot flashes? In my own practice, these vitamins have proven to be of very high value for hot flashes.

To soy or not to soy?

Soy products, due to their estrogenic properties have received some bad press in recent years. So let me repeat, all plant based phytoestrogens are not the same as synthetic estrogen (see above).

Soy is particularly rich in active phytoestrogens. Just one cup of soy beans provides an estrogenic equivalent of one tablet of Premarin.

But while hormone replacement therapy used so widely and wildly in the West can increase the risk of abnormal cell formations, the consumption of soy appears to significantly reduce such risk.

Soy products as natural remedies for hot flashes?
Nations and cultures consuming mostly plant based diets know almost nothing about hot flashes and menopause.

Find non-GMO soy products and include them in you arsenal of natural remedies for hot flashes.

Move that body

Swedish researchers found that 3 and a half hour of exercise every week led to no hot flashes.

Those who exercise may go through menopause without any need for hormones. Physical activity offers really wide range of health benefits, including reduction of hot flashes and stress relief.

Exercise as natural remedy? Exercise can increase endorphin levels, which play a role in hot flashes. So… move that body!

WHAT THE MEDICAL BOOKS SAY

The women’s health movement came to life in the early seventies of the last century. Dr R.A. Wilson, a medical doctor in his book “Feminine Forever” formulated the view that menopause is a disease. The essence of this disease is, according to Dr Wilson, estrogen deficiency. As a result women become “caricatures of their former selves” and “equivalent of a eunuch” in Wilson’s own words. All females need the normal supply of estrogen replaced, postulated Wilson.
Ever since HRT, or Hormone Replacement Therapy has been promoted, used, prescribed and propagated.

WHAT YOUR HERBALIST SAYS

To state that HRT “maintains femininity” is in my opinion nothing short of propaganda. While it is true that HRT relieves hot flashes there is an ever growing body of evidence that it also rises the level of a serious risk.
To be sure, I am not totally against HRT. It may be of value to women with progressing osteoporosis. You must however consider all the risks against possible benefits.
What is not acceptable? The fact that the mainstream medicine does not appear to embrace promoting healthy lifestyles and natural remedies for hot flashes and menopause in general.
Exercise alone can be best treatment for hot flashes.
The best way to go through the menopause in a healthy, happy way is to combine exercise with the right diet and remedies for hot flashes plus remedies for menopause in general.

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Consult your doctor before using any of the above if you are currently taking any prescription medication. Do not discontinue use of any prescription medication without your doctor’s knowledge and approval. Nothing written or portrayed in this website should be taken as prescription, diagnoses or a substitute for consultation with a competent medical doctor. For educational purposes only.

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