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22 Organic, Natural, Alternative, Lifestyle & Medical Ways To Treat Hot Flashes

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As the world continues to exist, as we humans continue to be present on earth, our bodies make changes as we become older, and as such, we experience changes that are considered natural.

One such experience are hot flashes that is known to occur with many individuals of the female gender.


So what are hot flashes?

Hot flash is normally described as a feeling of excessive heat that seems to happen without anything triggering or causing it. It generally occurs during the period of menopause in women.

Several occurrences of this feeling is then called hot flashes.

Hot flashes may occur before, during and after menopause.

It is said that hot flashes last an average of four (4) minutes, but can vary from a few seconds to over nine (9) minutes.

Hot flashes may happen from one to a few times per day or per week.


What are some of the symptoms of hot flashes?

Some of the symptoms of hot flashes you will experience are:

  • Your heart may beat faster;
  • You may have the sensation of slight prickles (tingling) in your fingers or your entire body;
  • You may sweat;
  • Your skin may become warm;
  • You may feel as if things (like ants) are crawling all over your body;
  • And you may experience red or flushed skin on the face.


What causes or triggers hot flashes?

There is no clear evidence of what causes hot flashes, but hormonal changes in the body are credited for experiencing hot flashes.

Some of the triggers for hot flashes are:

  • Consuming caffeine products
  • Smoking or exposure to smoking
  • Some medications such as raloxifene (eg. Evista) – drugs used for preventing and treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women,
  • Some medications such as tramadol – used to relieve pain
  • Wearing tight clothes can help trigger hot flashes
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Consuming spicy foods
  • Etc.


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Diagnosing hot flashes

Diagnosis of hot flashes is usually done by doctors, although some have been able to come up with that conclusion themselves based on changes to their bodies.

Usually the analysis done by a doctor involves blood tests to help determine if one is going through menopause.

Also, questions will be asked by your doctor such as;

  • When was the last time you saw your period?
  • How often does your symptom affect you?


Treatment for hot flashes

Generally, if your hot flashes do not affect your life in a serious way, then no treatment may be needed, as hot flashes normally subside over time.


ORGANIC, NATURAL, ALTERNATE & LIFESTYLE TREATMENTS


YOUR DIET


Genistein

It is no secret that consuming organic food is a great way to go for better health. So it is no surprise that it is an important component in dealing with hot flashes.

It has been made known that having food containing genistein may help to treat hot flashes. This is because genistein is a phytoestrogen which is an estrogen-like compound found in plants that has similar effects as estrogen but on a lower level.

There are three types of phytoestrogen – lignans, isoflavones and coumestans.

Isoflavones are found in legumes such as organic peas, peanuts, and chick peas.


Daidzein

Daidzein acts like genistein.


Red clover

Red clover extract is an isoflavone that may help with hot flashes.


Blood sugar

As the body goes through changes, imbalances may occur. So it is not unusual to have varying blood sugar level.

To help ensure your blood sugar level is balanced, it is important to ensure you are having sufficient amounts of protein (eg. organic chicken, legumes and fish), fat (organic nuts, olive and coconut oils) and fiber (eg. organic bananas, spinach, and almonds) at each meal.

If you need help, you may want to add Female Balance.


NATURAL ADDITIONS TO YOUR DIET


Female Balance

Female Balance is an effective and gentle herbal recipe that helps balance the female body and provides temporary relief of menopause and the pain of menstruation.”[1]

It is also known to help with hot flashes.

Mediterranean women have used this natural recipe for many years with amazing success.

You may learn more HERE.


Rhubarb extract

Research is showing that rhubarb extract may be effective in reducing the frequency of hot flashes.


Black cohosh

Research is also showing that the historically used black cohosh herb may help in treating hot flashes, by primarily keeping balance as your body goes through changes.


ALTERNATIVE


Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”[2]

Mindfulness meditation is thinking in the present moment as you move forward. It basically helps you to deal with hot flashes by taking your mind off it.


Acupuncture

“Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person's skin at specific points on the body, to various depths.”[3]

Acupuncture may help to reduce hot flashes.


Hypnosis

“Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration during which a person becomes less aware of his or her surroundings.”[4]

Hypnosis may assist in dealing with hot flashes.


Cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) “… is a structured, time-limited, problem-focused and goal oriented form of psychotherapy. CBT helps people learn to identify, question and change how their thoughts, attitudes and beliefs relate to the emotional and behavioural reactions that cause them difficulty.”[5]

Cognitive behavioral therapy may help in treating hot flashes.


LIFESTYLE


Keep cool

Keeping cool is important as hot flashes involve increases in body temperature. So it is important that you keep cool.

This can be done by wearing layers so you may take off as is necessary, sipping ice water during hot flashes, wearing cotton clothing, using cold packs during the nights, opening windows to allow cool air to blow in, etc.


Food

Stay away from spicy and hot foods, alcohol, and caffeine.


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Breathing

Doing slow deep breathing may help in dealing with hot flashes.

“Fifteen minutes of breathwork twice daily has been shown to cut the amount and intensity of hot flashes significantly.”[6]


Stay hydrated

Keeping hydrated is important in maintaining overall body function while maintaining a cool body during hot flashes.


Stop smoking

Refraining from or quitting smoking all together may help to reduce hot flashes.


Exercise

Regular exercise may help in dealing with hot flashes such as walking, stretches, etc. You may visit HAZ2PEE Youtube Channel for ideas and inspiration.


Release weight

Releasing excess weight may help to ease hot flashes.


MEDICAL TREATMENT


Hormone Treatment

The use of estrogen is the main hormone used during hormone therapy, and is considered the most effective treatment for hot flashes.

Females who have had hysterectomy normally use the estrogen alone, and those who still have uteruses, will usually use progesterone along with the estrogen to help prevent endometrial cancer (cancer in the lining of the uterus or womb).

Some may use a drug like bazedoxifene with the estrogen to treat menopausal effects.

Nevertheless, you need to make sure hormone therapy is right for you. This may be even more so if you have had blood clot or breast cancer.


Antidepressants

Non-hormone drugs like paroxetine (eg. Brisdelle) is used to treat hot flashes.

Examples of other antidepressants used to deal with hot flashes are Venlafaxine (eg. Effexor XR) and Fluoxetine (eg. Prozac).


Other drugs used

Gabapentin (eg. Neurontin) is an anti-seizure drug, and clonidine (eg. Catapres) is a blood pressure medication used to treat hot flashes.


New procedure

A procedure called stellate ganglian block used for pain management is also used for moderate to severe hot flashes.

“A stellate ganglion block is an injection in the front of the neck, toward the left or right side.”[7]


[1] https://cariporterinc.puretrim.com/female-balance.cfm

[2] https://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/

[3] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/156488.php

[4] https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/aa119292spec

[5] https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/cognitive-behavioural-therapy

[6] https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/hot-flashes-natural-remedies

[7] https://www.portlandpaincare.com/patient-information/stellate-ganglion-block