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Mary FL
04-02-2011, 09:16 PM
HOT FLASHES.

Need I say more?????

Kendra AU
04-02-2011, 09:30 PM
Anna's Wild Yam Cream is suppose to be good for those. Im not at that point in my life, but I do use it for normal cycle regulation and pms issues. That said it's 100% natural. Not sure where in the US you can buy it, but she will ship from here to there. 1 jar is about $50 AUD, but lasts 3 months so divided out that's about 16 dollars a month or so. It's good stuff. :D

Esther-Alabama
04-02-2011, 09:37 PM
My OB-GYN helped me so much with this issue. I have been taking hormone replacements since January.

I tried hard to go the natural route and I did get a little bit of relief with Royal Maca and 5HTP, but honestly not enough to make me feel much better.

I am taking CombiPatch. It is only my second month to use it and I am sleeping so much better, have not had a hot flash in weeks and my moods are simply eased and even. I feel like myself again!

I am sorry you are dealing with this. I know it is a natural part of life, but it STINKS!

DD in IL
04-02-2011, 10:09 PM
I hear it is terrible. I am 4 years out of that stage and I never had a hot flash but I still sympathize with you.

Gitel in nj
04-02-2011, 11:42 PM
magnesum, ice water and a fan...

so sorry. I only get the night sweats--not sure what I would do if I got a daytime hot flash. uggghhh! :unsure:

Katie
04-03-2011, 07:30 AM
I'm dealing with this, too, friend and have found that One-A-Day Menopause works well for me ~ I can now go days without hot flashes instead of a dozen or more times a day! Nighttime hot flashes have practically diminished!

ETA: It took about a month on this before I noticed any change but was worth the waiting! :thumb:

CJ
04-03-2011, 12:36 PM
Peppermint oil has long been used to treat hot flashes associated with menopause. One way to use peppermint oil for this purpose is to make a small spritzer bottle with 1 oz. of water, 1/4 oz. of an odorless alcohol like vodka, and 10 to 15 drops of peppermint oil, then and shake the contents. Whenever a hot flash comes on, spritz the mixture over your body. This will almost immediately begin to cool you down.

Another way it's used is to put a drop or two of peppermint oil on the upper back of the neck (just below your skull). Women say it immediately shuts off the hot flash.

I haven't tried this myself, but am keeping it mind for whenever I start to get them.

Negin
04-09-2011, 05:41 AM
Hot Flashes are periods of sudden intense heat, while flushes include the obvious flushing or redness. While they usually come and go for a year or two, some still have hot flashes for 10-15 years after menopause. Hot flashes and flushes can last for a few seconds or up to five minutes.

WHAT HELPS
HEALTHY EATING
Heat-producing foods can trigger hot flashes – limit fatty foods, sugars, caffeine, and very hot spicy foods
Cooling foods and plant estrogens help reduce hot flashes – fruits, vegetables, yogurt, goat cheese – these all cool the body
More salads
Fewer cooked foods
Drink plenty of water throughout the day
When dietary changes are not enough, it’s time to look into supplements.

SUPPLEMENTS
Hesperidin is found in the skin of lemons and oranges. It works like a miracle for many women, eliminating hot flashes and night sweats.
Take 500 mg morning and night. You most likely will need that much to reduce hot flashes.
Although hesperidin is a bioflavonoid, you can’t get enough of it in bioflavonoid supplements. Look for a hot flash formula with high amounts of hesperidin.

PHYTOESTROGENS are plant-based estrogens that curb hot flashes, weight gain, and other complaints.
Look for a multiple-herb formula with
• Chaste-tree berry (normalizes hormone secretion and helps balance estrogen and progesterone) – 40 mg daily – quite frankly, this is the only one I think I will try from this list of phytoestrogens. The rest are of concern to me, since there is a likelihood that they may raise breast estrogen levels.
• Black cohosh
• Red clover
• American ginseng
• Milk thistle
Nothing has been found to be nearly as effective for menopause symptoms as Black Cohosh. Many Black Cohosh supplements are less potent than they appear. You need to get 540 mg daily. Studies have shown that in sufficient doses, this herb can help alleviate menopausal symptoms in as little as 4 weeks. Puritan’s Pride Black Cohosh 540 mg
One study found that women who took Black Cohosh were 47 percent less likely to have breast cancer.
Black cohosh can reduce hot flashes by 85%. 40 mg daily of Remifemin
Black cohosh treats hot flashes, night sweats, headaches, vaginal dryness, and anxiety
OVERALL RELIEF
Daily Balance Harmony
Enzymatic Therapy AM/PM Menopause Formula
Gaia Herbs Phyto-Estrogen
NOW Foods Menopause Support
Solgar Herbal Female Complex
SAGE has been used since ancient times to stop hot flashes and helps reduce all kinds of excessive perspiration. Sage tea and sage tincture helps hot flashes and night sweats.
1-3 cups of sage tea can reduce your hot flashes OR take the herb as a supplement
Sage tea is the safest and least expensive solution. Allow the tea to cool down for best results. Drink 1-3 cups a day in between meals. You can increase this amount, if you like, to 4-5 cups a day. You may need much less. In fact, just 1 serving of sage tea can cool down some women within two hours and last for a day or more.
Tinctures or capsules containing sage are good options if you don’t want to drink the tea.
WILD HOPS reduces hot flashes and night sweats, anxiety, and helps muscles relax. Wild hops can help you sleep
30-120 mg at bedtime
Has to be dried to have any medicinal effect
Often used in combination w/valerian and lemon balm.
SAFFRON promotes calmness and reduces irritability and hot flashes
1 pinch stirred into hot, cooked food daily

Some have said that the combination of Chinese Bitters (taken before breakfast) and Fem-Mate (taken at bedtime) is very helpful for alleviating hot flashes. In one case, a 60 year old woman was on HRT for 10 years and was told to stop her HRT immediately because of her vaginal bleeding. When she stopped, her hot flashes became unbearable, and she tried all manner of remedies to no avail. When she took Chinese Bitters and Fem-Mate, her hot flashes became manageable in only 4 days, although it took 3-4 months before her hot flashes disappeared.
This remedy works because Chinese Bitters decongests and cleanses the liver while Fem-Mate stimulates natural progesterone and estrogen production by stimulating the adrenals. For some women, whose hot flashes are relatively mild, Chinese Bitters alone is enough to eliminate their hot flashes.
In some cases, the complete program of liver and gallbladder cleansing may be necessary because HRT is known to cause gallstones. Daily morning exercises such as stretching and deep breathing can also help by "activating" the liver in the morning.

OTHER TIPS
Sleep on right side. Sleeping on right side prompts relaxation and decreases blood pressure – which can help calm you during hormone-related symptoms such as hot flashes.

Soak your feet in cold water to prevent hot flashes during night