Stop Hot Flashes and Night Sweats Naturally

In July 2002 the Women’s Health Initiative study, a clinical trial designed to determine if Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), a combination of synthetic estrogen and progestins, was beneficial to healthy women, was halted 5 years and two months into the study due to serious safety concerns. This study which was supposed to last eight years involved 16,608 healthy, postmenopausal women. The women received 0.625mg of equine (horse) estrogen (Premarin) along with 2.5 mg of synthetic progestins for 5.2 years. The combination is sold as Prempro. Premarin contains estradiol plus at least two or more horse estrogens, such as equilin and equilenin. The study concluded that the combination of estrogen and progestins posed a significant health risk to women and that any benefits from HRT were not worth the side effects. The study found a 41 percent increase in the risk of stroke, a 29 percent increase in the risk of heart attack, a doubled risk of blood cots, a 22 percent increase in cardiovascular disease and a 26 percent increase in the risk of invasive breast cancer. Just say neigh to horse estrogen! Over 12 million prescriptions for HRT were written in Canada last year. Now many of these women are asking their doctor how to get off HRT.

Weaning off HRT slowly over an 8 week period will ensure your symptoms don’t return and aid an easy transition. Walk briskly thirty minutes per day. It has been shown to cut hot flashes by 50%. Cut back on dairy and red meat and eat plenty of dark vegetables. Take a multivitamin like FemmEssentials which contains vitamin E also shown to reduce hot flashes and night sweats and include the following herb combination found in MenoSense to ensure a symptom-free transition:

Black cohosh (1mg of triterpene glycosides measured as 27-deoxyacteine) is the most researched herb for the treatment of the symptoms of menopause and replacement for standard hormone replacement therapy (estrogen and progestins). Effective in the treatment of the following perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms: hot flashes, profuse perspiration, headaches, heart palpitations, depression, PMS, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), sleep disturbances, vaginal atrophy (thinning of the vagina causing painful intercourse), vaginal dryness, nervousness, irritability and loss of concentration.

Chasteberry, commonly called Vitex, is effective at balancing hormones and has been traditionally used for the treatment of menstrual abnormalities, PMS, and menopausal complaints. It is especially important for women who are estrogen dominant with conditions including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, fibrocystic breasts and to improve the progesterone to estrogen ratio.

Dong Quai is an effective treatment for the symptoms of menopause, especially to reduce hot flashes, as well as painful menstruation, lack of menstruation (spotting but no full blood flow), and will relieve too frequent menstruation (more than one menstrual cycle per month). In menstruating women it is also recommended for treating infertility.

Gamma-oryzanol isolated from rice bran oil is used for the treatment of hot flashes and to enhance pituitary function and promote endorphin release by the hypothalamus thereby improving mood. Not only is it a very effective substance for alleviating menopausal symptoms but it also lowers triglycerides and total cholesterol thereby protecting our heart.

Hesperidin, a potent flavonoid improves vascular system and our capillaries thereby improving cardiovascular health, reducing night sweats and hot flashes and those annoying night time leg cramps. It has also been show to reduce bruising.

Look for No More HRT: Menopause Treat the Cause by Dr. Karen Jensen, ND and Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe, BSc for the complete information on how to get off HRT.

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