Relieve Menopausal Hot Flushes And Cold Flashes With 6 Common Herbal Remedies http://b4in.org/dEz0
Hot flushes and cold flashes are two of a large constellation of symptoms that may appear for a woman as she becomes menopausal. Other uncomfortable symptoms of menopause are vaginal dryness, mood swings, irritability, loss of energy, insomnia and depression. Because conventional hormone replacement therapy causes serious side effects, many women are seeking alternative methods of treatment for their symptoms. Various herbal remedies provide relief for hot flushes and cold flashes; however, herbs can produce side effects. It’s always best to check with a natural health practitioner or specialist before using unfamiliar herbs.
Adding phytoestrogens to your diet may lessen the occurrence of hot flushes, according to a study preformed in 2005 at the University of Naples, Italy. Researchers found that women who received phytoestrogens, or plant-based estrogens, had a lower incidence of hot flushes, vaginal dryness and other menopausal symptoms. Phytoestrogens are high in isoflavones are found in foods such as soy products, nuts, apples, seeds and legumes. The recommended serving amount is 45 grams of phytoestrogens daily. Some people are sensitive to soy products and may experience stomach upset. Fermented soy products are easier on the digestive tract and also contain phytoestrogens.
Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil both are high in phytoestrogens and can help in controlling hot flushes during menopause. Flaxseeds contain both isovlavones and lignans, two types of phytoestrogens that help balance hormone levels. Flaxseeds are also high in the heart-healthy compound, alpha-linolenic acid, which is converted by the body into Omega-3 fatty acids. The increase of Omega-3 fatty acids may bring additional health and heart benefits. Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil should never be heated. The seeds should be freshly ground in a small spice or coffee grinder immediately before use. All commercially ground flaxseed is usually rancid, so grind your own before adding them to smoothies or sprinkling on salads.
Black cohosh is a traditional herbal remedy used for hundreds of years to control hot flushes and other menstrual and menopausal symptoms experienced as a result of hormonal imbalances. This herb affects the hypothalamus — the area of the brain responsible for controlling the body’s temperature, according to the University of Connecticut Health Center. Do not use black cohosh if you are pregnant or nursing, or for other menstrual hormonal problems if you are contemplating becoming pregnant. Black cohosh can cause side effects such as headaches, stomach upsets and weight gain. Your dose may need to be adjusted if you experience any of these symptoms. Contact your natural health practitioner for guidance.