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are there any natural treatments for hot flashes? are there any herbal supplements or dietary changes i cam make to help with hot flashes?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Nope: Hot flashes, if due to menopause, are due to estrogen deficiency and are natural. Some people report help with soy and phytoestrogens, but there is really no supplement proven to help. Only time and rx's such as estrogen that will relieve the symptoms.

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