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Do Herbs for Hot Flashes Really Work?
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The use of herbs for hot flashes has been around for centuries. Yet it
seems like we still know very little about what they do or how they work.
Part of the reason is that every woman's body is different and what works
for one woman may not work well for another. That being said, it's still
worth investigating which herbs for hot flashes may work for you.
A few of the more popular herbs for hot flashes are Black
Cohosh, Chaste Tree Berry, and Ginseng. Out of
the three, Black Cohosh is probably the most widely used when treating hot
flashes. Chaste Tree Berry is a close second with Ginseng
having hit and miss reviews.
So how exactly is Black Cohosh supposed to help? Black Cohosh is known to
alleviate hot flashes, decrease night sweats, and even reduce mood swings.
Talk about a miracle herb! It''s not known exactly how Black Cohosh helps
curb menopausal symptoms. At first it was believed that the herb bound
itself to the estrogen receptor. But further study has shown no such
evidence. This is good news for women concerned with estrogen remedies or
supplements. Black Cohosh has also been proven not to affect tissue in the
uterine lining. Thus, using Black Cohosh herbs
for hot flashes will not increase bleeding since the uterine lining is not
Studies measuring the effectiveness of Black Cohosh for hot flashes have
produced mixed results. However, one study did find that 86% of women who
took Black Cohosh for six weeks had lessened hot flash symptoms. Using Black
Cohosh herbs for hot flashes does not result in many side effects. However,
gastric irritability is a possibility. Be sure to contact your doctor and
discontinue use of any herb if you experience any discomfort.
The second most popular herb for hot flashes is Chaste Tree Berry. Many
women already use this herb to help beat PMS. How Chaste Tree Berry works is
that it has a progesterone-like effect on the body. It affects
neurotransmitters such as dopamine and prolactin, which help regulate
hormone levels. Chaste Tree Berry seems to help regulate heavy menstruation
and reduce mood changes due to an imbalance of hormones. Not only can you
utilize these herbs for hot flashes, but they are helpful in reducing
headaches, anxiety and fatigue. Minimal side effects have been reported with
the use of Chaste Tree Berry.
The use of Ginseng herbs for hot flashes has shown minimal success in actual
studies. If it works for you, then by all means use it! There are few side
effects with Ginseng, but if you're experiencing insomnia, diarrhea, or
rashes you should discontinue use.
It is evident that using herbs for hot flashes is helpful. More and more
women are effectively using them all the time. Researchers continues to
gather more and more encouraging results about the success of herbs to
alleviate menopausal symptoms. The big benefit is that these herbs don't
have the problems and risks that have been associated with hormone
replacement therapy. On top of that, they are inexpensive and easy to find.
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