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Wednesday, November 05, 2008 debra, Community Member, asks

Q: I am 51 years old and was just told yesterday I am in menapouse by my gynecologist who ran blood

work on me gave me the news yesterday,yes I have been feeling hot at times have even been sleeping the morning away couldnt get up or get up and need to go back to sleep, which is very odd for me. What medication naturally can I take to ease the hot flashes? which I have been experiencing?  Thanks Debra

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Sandy Greenquist, Health Pro
11/ 5/08 5:14pm

Hi Debra,  Hot flashes can be a big inconvenience at best, and downright miserable at worst.  Probably the most effective natural remedy I know of is black cohosh.  It has been used for decades, especially in Europe.  There was a study reported in a medical journal about 5 years ago by a doctor who had studied the effects and effectiveness of black cohosh and affirmed that it can have a good impact on both the number and the severity of hot flashes.  The brand most studied and regulated so you can be confident of what you're buying is Remifemin.  You can take 40-80mg a day.  Another over-the-counter, Estroven, is a combination of herbs and has been helpful to many patients.  Some women also find their flashes diminish when they use Progesterone cream. (see my posting on Bioidentical Hormones for more info on that)  Good luck to you!     Sandy

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Stormy, Community Member
3/15/09 2:42am

Hi Debra,

I found soy to help with the hot flashes.  Doesnt get rid of them altogether but less in frequency and intensity.   I would get them so bad if I was shopping I would just leave the cart and get in my car and put the air conditioner on, even in the winter.

Valerian root also helped with the mood swings.

Everyone is different but its worth a try.  Hope it helps, Stormy

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