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Is Black Kohosh The Best Thing For Hot Flashes
Maybe it can help: Black cohosh is a widely studied herbal treament for hot flashes. Some studies have suggested it can help, others suggest no real benefit. So it becomes an individual choice. It may help you, and it is usually safe to try. Red clover has also been used. Lifestyle changes can help, too (stop smoking, exercise, some diet changes). Some rx other than hormones can help (paxil).If serious talk with doc. ...Read more
There are a few options...: There are a variety of options available to assist women with managing the myriad amount symptoms associated with the climacteric. Hot flushes are one of the most common--and potentially challenging--consequences of the perimenopause and menopause to manage. Since there are many presentations & degrees of hot flushes that a woman may experience, treatment modalities range from botanical to pharmaceutical in nature. I would recommend that a patient who's life is being adversely affected by hot flushes, sit down with her gynecologist and review her medical history, symptoms and develop a treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hormones: estrogen: If you are truly menopausal at age 38 you run the risk of having severe estrogen deficiency related diseases: osteoporosis being the first that comes to mind. Estrogen is the best hormone to treat hot flashes and prevent problems. Some women need testosterone added to control the symptom as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HRT: Hormone replacement therapy is the best way to cure hot flashes. Some women are not candidates for hormone replacement and there are a few other medications that may help alleviate the symptoms (effexor (venlafaxine) and Clonidine are examples). Your doctor can help you decide what is best for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: There are a number of hormonal and non hormonal ways to treat hot flashes. This includes prescription medicines , over the counter products, and herbal remedies. My book "a woman's guide to hormone health" explores all these options in detail. It is available online or by emailing me at reaker@yahoo.Com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: Can't say best treatment without knowing what is causing them, if low thyroid, then best to fix the thyroid problem, if due to low estrogen from menopause, then need a discussion with doctor about the pros/cons/risks/benefits of hormones, and the alternative treatments. If something else, then treatment would be different. ...Read more
Herbal options: Black cohosh is an herb which may be beneficial for hot flashes, but which should be avoided if there is liver illness. The lignans in flaxseed and flaxseed oil may help night sweats/ to obtain the most benefit from flaxseed oil, it should be cold grinded. The plant Estrogens in red clover may be helpful with mild menopausal symptoms but may be contraindicated in a woman with either breast >>. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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