Not all women who go through menopause have hot flashes and night sweats, and they vary in severity for those who do. If you're one who finds them troublesome, but does not wish to take hormone replacement therapy, consider the following alternatives.
Natural progesterone is plant based, and not the same thing as progestin, which is chemical in nature, and suspected of causing cancer. Natural progesterone can be purchased over the counter or online, and comes as a cream, which is rubbed in small amounts on the body where it is both absorbed into the bloodstream and stored in fatty tissues as well. Natural progesterone is helpful in controlling symptoms of perimenopause (premenopause) as well as menopausal symptoms.
Maca (lepidium meyenii) is an outstanding nutritional supplement that offers it's takers many benefits, including relief from menopausal hot flashes and night sweats. Maca is harvested from the roots of the Maca plant, which is grown in the Andes Mountain region of Peru. Maca is a root vegetable, much like the humble turnip, but its root, when harvested and dried, has medicinal properties. Maca has been reported to regulate hormones, increase sex drive, energy, stamina, and libido.
Magnesium supplementation at the rate of 400 mg. per day, has given many women relief from hot flashes. It generally stops them within one to two days. Magnesium has the added benefits of being good for your cardiovascular system, bones, and having a calming effect on many women. It also improves the quality of one's sleep.
400-800 mg. of Vitamin E helps about fifty percent of women who try it eliminate or control their hot flashes. Vitamin E is also good for your heart and brain and has excellent anti-oxidant properties.
I list these two together in the hopes that together they might be as effective as one of the above suggestions. There is divided anecdotal evidence that these two supplements help eliminate hot flashes. They each appear to help some people, but not others, so try the above suggestions first, leaving these as a last resort.
Other things women can do to reduce or eliminate hot flashes are to avoid circumstances that make one hot: heated blankets and mattress pads, extremely warm clothing (wear layers, so you can always take one off!) and avoiding stress to the degree it is possible. Meditation and yoga have been reported by some to be helpful in stress reduction and therefore, hot flashes.
Healthful and helpful tips for night sweats and hot flashes with natural remedies.
Thanks for the list. I have tried a few of these things with no relief, but I am excited to try a few more that I have not heard of.
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