Women in the age group of 45- 50 years go through a lot of bodily as well as reproductive changes that put them through several metabolic as well as hormonal changes and imbalances. This is a trying period for, any women as they attain menopause, when their reproductive years come to a wind.
Many women who go through menopause find that hot flashes are the most disturbing of the symptoms and give sleepless nights to them. Hormone replacement therapy is the normal treatment method prescribes and many women find great relief with HRT. However, the treatment may be dangerous as it can lead to cancer and other side effects that can be life threatening and best avoided. Several herbal remedies can be safely used at this time to attain relief from hot flashes.
Herbal Remedies For Hot Flashes
Black cohosh is an estrogenic herb that is preferred by many women who would like to avoid the process of hormone replacement therapy to cope with the stress of menopause. Black cohosh contains plant-based estrogen and this will help in treating the deficiency of estrogen that arises during menopause. This will help in decreasing the levels of lutenizing hormone in menopausal women and helps in suppressing menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.
Once the estrogen deficiency is well under control with the intake of black cohosh, women will no longer feel the sudden onset of a heated and flushed out feeling, which is particularly severe during night time. All said and done, a word of caution has to be administered here while using black cohosh as a possible treatment for hot flashes. Black cohosh is known to increase liver enzymes and hence must not be taken without guidance. It takes several months for the herb to take effect and provide relief. It is also not recommended for women with heart problems, hypertension, women on birth pills, estrogen supplements etc.
This Chinese herb is used for effectively controlling several of menopause symptoms including hot flashes. Dong quai works by increasing blood circulation in the body by dilating the blood vessels. Dong quai is also known to help in controlling the temperature of the body. This is very important for preventing hot flashes as the body temperature increases suddenly when you have hot flashes.
Its estrogen regulating properties too are commendable and this too comes of help when you have menopause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats etc. which are directly connected to a decrease in estrogen in the body. 400 to 600 mg of dong quai is the general dosage recommended for women experiencing hot flashes. A tea can be brewed from donq quai as well by adding one teaspoon of the dried herb to one cup of eight ounces of boiling water. Simmer for ten minutes and cool before drinking it.
Red clover is another herb that is very useful for women who are distressed with the symptoms of menopause, especially hot flashes and night sweats which can prevent them from getting good sleep at night. Red clover plant contains isoflavones, which can mimic the action of estrogen in the body and prevent the distress caused due to estrogen deficiency that sets in during this time. Red clover is also a good source of phytoestrogens, which are plant-based estrogens that act as estrogens in a woman’s body.
These double benefits make it a potential treatment for hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. However, recent studies have been pondering about the possible risks associated with excess estrogen in the body as in the case of HRT. Red clover should therefore be taken only after proper monitoring from a herbalist if you are using it for long term to treat hot flashes. Dosing instructions must be carefully followed in order to avoid overdose.
A pituitary regulating herb, chaste berry is known to have a positive effect on lutenizing hormone and also in the secretion of follicle stimulating hormone in a woman’s body. Chaste berry actually works in the opposite manner as the other herbs. It reduces the levels of estrogen in a woman’s body during menopause and increases the progesterone levels in the body, which also dips when a woman attains menopause.
Progesterone imbalance too can lead to a whole lot of problems like insomnia, vaginal dryness and night sweats and regulating this hormone too is essential in treating the symptoms of menopause in a wholesome manner. The herb has to be taken for at least four months before you see any noticeable change in reduction of hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. For permanent relief from the symptoms of hot flashes, it has to be taken for at least a year, under the expert guidance of a holistic practitioner.
Horsetail is rich in flavonoids and minerals and have astringent properties as well which comes of help in treating several problems associated with menopause. A tea with this herb can be very beneficial in relieving many menopausal symptoms and possible health hazards like clogging of arteries, brittle nails and hair etc. in women.
The ginsenosides which are compounds present in ginseng is what makes it medicinal in nature. Ginseng is a known cure for hot flashes and other menopause related symptoms. But much depends on the right dosage of ginseng for attaining relief. A competent holistic practitioner has to be therefore approached for treatment to get the best effect with ginseng.
Based on your weight your herbalist may ask you to take 500 mg twice a day if your weigh under 130 Lbs, 500 mg thrice a day if your weigh is between 130 and 160 Lbs and 500 mg capsules four times a day if your weight is above 160 Lbs.
Motherwort not only removes hot flashes, but is also good for calming your nerves, relieving anxiety and also for treating insomnia, all of which are part and parcel of menopause. 15-20 drops can be taken one to six times a day to relieve the symptoms of hot flashes. The dosage should be decided after assessing how severe your conditions are.