11 Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

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There are many symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. Different women experience different mixes of symptoms, depending mostly on hormonal makeup and lifestyle, and most women report the experience of hot flashes. Research shows eighty-five percent of American women experience them within the first year or two of menopause.

Sadly, up to half of women continue to have them regularly for years following the onset of menopause. Below are some helpful natural remedies for balancing the body and mind during “the change.”

1. Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh is a plant used widely in Europe for treating menopause and hot flashes. Studies show Black Cohosh to be just as effective as pharmaceutical estrogen in providing hot flash relief and one study showed Black Cohosh was effective at preventing excessive sweating [1].

2. Flaxseed Oil

Fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseed oil, have been thought to be effective in reducing menopausal symptoms. Flax contains plant lignans which are similar to estrogen, possibly causing estrogen levels to stabilize in menopausal women.

3. Evening Primrose Oil

A general tonic for women’s reproductive health, evening primrose has a cooling effect on the skin and regulates the production of estrogen. It can act as a sleep aid due to its high gamma linolenic acid count, and increased prostaglandin production.

4. Chickweed Tincture

Daily servings of this herb have been reported to lower both the number and severity of hot flashes.

5. Red Clover

A plant containing high amounts of phyto-estrogens known as isoflavones has been shown to help reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes.

6. Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic treatment options such as Ferrum phosphoricum (good for reducing redness), Belladonna (an excellent herb for sporadic, rapid hot flashes), Sanguinarina (counteracts hot flashes on the face, neck and ears) and Kali Phosphoricum.

7. Other Western Herbs

Other similar-acting plants include sarsaparilla, spearmint, licorice root, damiana, chasteberry, wild yams, motherwort, and red raspberry leaf.

8. Sage

Sages Helps Hot Flashes

Try drinking a few cups of organic sage tea daily. Sage tea can be found at your local grocery store or online. Besides providing hot flash relief, sage helps with digestion, infant diarrhea and headaches.

9. Vitamin C

Some women have found that bioflavanoids found in Vitamin C can help reduce the frequency of hot flashes. In order to get hot flash relief, I would recommend eating more foods with Vitamin C.

10. Vitamin E

Studies have shown that antioxidants in Vitamin E play a significant role in reducing the symptoms of hot flashes [2]. In order to get hot flash relief, take the recommended serving of a Vitamin E supplement or eat more foods with Vitamin E.

11. Natural Progesterone Cream

Most women are actually estrogen dominant due to the amount of soy in foods. In most cases of menopause doctors actually prescribe more estrogen. I highly recommend using a cream to help balance menopausal hormone levels and to reduce hot flashes.

Other Tips For Relieving Hot Flashes

Besides from the list of natural remedies above, you can also practice these natural life-style tips to help get relief from hot flashes.

Avoid Synthetic Bedding and Clothing

Synthetic bedding and clothing can contribute to over-heating the body, especially while sleeping. Unlike natural cottons and linens, synthetic fibers cause us to perspire more often at night, a time when women most-often experience over-heating. Also, if you wear tight-fitting clothing, such as turtle-necks, that are made from synthetic fibers, this can also aggravate hot flashes.

Stay Cool

Avoid long periods in direct sunlight. Reduce the use of hot tubs, saunas and even hot showers. Drink cool water with cucumber and stay in well-ventilated, cool areas of your home. Small room fans can help provide temporary relief for hot flashes.

Stop Smoking

Smoking has been linked to increased occurrence of hot flashes in menopausal women.

Take Time to Unwind

Many women report an increase occurrence of hot flashes during times of stress. Make sure to make time for yoga, breathing exercises, visualization, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, biofeedback techniques, meditation or other forms of stress relief during the day. This will help ease heat in your body and mind.

Spicy Foods Cause Hot Flashes

Avoid Trigger Substances

Alcohol, fried foods, spicy foods, caffeine, diet pills and very hot (temperature-wise) foods can create increased acid and heat in the body. It is best to avoid these substances, especially foods that cause acid reflux.

Exercise Regularly

Engaging in daily exercise keeps you in shape and feeling young and healthy. Without a healthy body, it is harder to balance the necessary hormones to prevent hot flashes. Try going for more walks throughout the day. Simple cardio exercise is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health.

Cleanse Your Body

By cleansing your body on a regular basis you can help balance your organs and hormone levels. I recommend performing a colon cleanse and liver detox at least 1-2 times yearly, these cleanses will help promote optimal health.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

  1. Office of Dietary Supplements. Black Cohosh Fact Sheet. National Institutes of Health. 2008 November 21.
  2. Horstman AM, Dillon EL, Urban RJ, Sheffield-Moore M. The role of androgens and estrogens on healthy aging and longevity. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012 Nov;67(11):1140-52. doi: 10.1093/gerona/gls068. Epub 2012 Mar 26. Review.

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  • Mississippi Medigap

    I’ve heard of sage and vitamin c working but not the others, will have to pass this article along!

  • Nuclearblonde

    I am having hot flashes since I just removed my ovaries a month ago, but feel they were wrecked pretty much before the removal. Not working I mean…or barely working….
    SO, my question is….in the middle of the night, my heart races, then I get hot, then it goes away, then it happens again…..Is this a hot flash….It seems only internal, not external, that is thus far. My mother is passed away but use to talk of hotflashes, and how they were. I hear they are different for everyone.
    I do not want to take HRT for fear of all the side effects, so suggestions are open please. There are a ton of different organic idea’s, but that can get expensive, so I am looking for the best treatment out of all of them.
    Good Luck To all
    NUC

  • Dr. Edward Group

    NUC,

    Thank you for your post! It would be difficult to know if what your experiencing would be hot flashes with your explanation, it may be your body’s reaction to the surgery you have just had. It may initially be advisable to seek out a reputable Naturopath in your area to better determine that this is the case. What I would suggest in reading of your concern is a complete cleanse of the system in order to regain a natural balance of the body, this should help with the symptoms and ideally allow you to over come this concern.

    Take care and be well!

  • Julie

    Hi, Can I please let you know I was suffering awful hot flushes which were waking me approx 15 times a night which obviously made my concentration terrible during the day. I never knew what to wear when I was going out (or even just shopping) as I knew I would be burning up even though the weather was cold. I did lots of research and now take Soya Isoflavins. My hot flushes have practically stopped and I just want to share this with all the ladies out there who’s lives are affected by the flushes :) Regards, Julie

  • Rosie

    Where do you buy these Soya Isoflavins?

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  • Martha Mafela

    Hi, I am having a hot flashes since 2008 to date. I take all kind of a tablets nothing has changed. My problem is I cannot sleep well, I got hot and cold at the same time. I already lost weight. I need your help Guys. Kinds regards, Martha

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  • Lee

    When I was 49 years old, it was necessary for me to have a hysterectomy. 3 to 6 months later, the hot flashes began and my doctor put me on premarin which I took for the next 63-years, until October 2012 at which time I was 81 years old! Between ages 75 and 81.
    For me, there was a positive side of taking hormone replacement therapy … it kept me looking 15-18 years younger than my actual age! However, I did not want to take premarin forever and asked my OB/GYN to help me taper off. He reduced my dosage to the lowest possible amount – hoping to wean me off . However, each time I have to taper off, the dreaded hot sweats would begin. Nevertheless, I stuck with it and since October 2012, I have been completely off premarin.
    At first, the sweats were minimal and really no big deal. Now, 9 months later, and at age 82, the hot flushes have become more intolerable & annoying. Any suggestions?
    Lee

  • ghc_health

    Hi Lee, Wow, that sounds very challenging. I sympathize with your desire to get off the meds. Have you tried any of the remedies listed in the article?
    -Dr. Edward Group

  • Dee

    Interesting articles. I am 51 and have been in menopause for the past 18 months or so. I suffer with hot flashes daily 24/7. I can just be sitting still and “flame on!” It starts at my toes and travels straight up my body to my head sometimes leaving me and my clothes wet. I’m taking Black cohosh but have not been on it long enough to see any results, yet. I also am interrupted during the night and don’t sleep well. I also suffer from hypothyroidism (since 1996) for which I take Synthroid 125 daily. While I try to deal with this inconvenience sweating, I would like to find something that at least would help lower the intensity and frequency at the same time. Just to be clear, I will not take and HRT’s. I have had past breast scares and taking HRT’s will not be an option for me. Can anyone out there give me some helpful hints? Truly appreciate any recommendations.

  • ghc_health

    Hi Dee, thanks for reading. Can’t say I blame you on the HRT stuff. How long have you used black cohosh and what’s the rest of your nutritional profile and activity to like? Herbs can offer quite a bit but it’s also important to make sure your other health related ducks are in a row to provide an environment in which the nutrition can make a difference. The hypothyroidism can compound things, check out this article I wrote for more on that subject.
    -Dr. Edward Group

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  • Hypothyroid girl

    Hi, you may want to ask your Endocrinologist to switch from Synthroid to Armour Thyroid instead. Also, may want to take Folic Acid 800mg and sublingual B12.

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  • Andrea

    I just started getting hot flashes two weeks ago, I am taking 4 black cohosh every day and im not too bad all day but in the night Im dying, soaking wet and then cold, Please help me with the right combination of holistic med to level me out

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    Hey Andrea, thanks for the feedback. Have you had any success with the other remedies besides black cohosh?

  • aries

    Contradiction! It says to avoid sunlight yet later on, it says to take walks more often throughout the day! Really?

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    What if it’s cloudy out?

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Have you tried the remedies listed above?

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