As all middle aged women will know, hot flashes come as a frustrating consequence of menopause. Intense searing warmth spreads over the body, especially the neck, making it impossible and too uncomfortable to ignore. There are men known to have experienced hot flashes too. In males, although the causes of hot flashes are not oestrogen fluctuations, like in women, the causes are still various-andropause (male menopause), decreasing level of testosterone, men undergoing hormonal therapies with anti-androgens and also castrated males.
Nevertheless, women and men suffering from hot flashes need not resort to medicinal help. There are plenty of natural methods to ease the heat on the skin.
8 Effective Natural Treatments For Hot Flashes
Having a healthy diet has always helped to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Taking food with more protein content such as soya bean helps to reduce the body temperature. Avoiding foods like dairy products, meat products and spicy foods help to reduce hot flashes as well.
Only seven percent of Japanese women suffer from hot flashes. This is probably because the staple food for Japan is soy.Increased intake of vitamin E-Vitamins are essential for a healthy body.
It has been found that increasing the vitamin E intake helps to reduce hot flashes in the body. This experiment was conducted at Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran, Iran among fifty four women. The outcome of the research was positive.
Easy DIY Breathing Exercises
Hot flashes can be dealt with simple easy-to-do breathing exercises. First, breathe through your nostrils. Place your hand on your stomach where the ribs end. Breathe in air till your chest feels full with your hand placed on your stomach so you can feel the lungs fill up to full capacity.
Then slowly exhale through the mouth only, letting the lungs collapse and stomach sink in. This should be done preferably several times throughout the day, and especially at the beginning of a hot flush.
Acupuncture And Yoga
Research has shown that acupuncture can be known to greatly decrease the severity of hot flashes, they do not do much to increase the frequency with which they happen, but nevertheless a study showed women suffering less during each occurrence of the hot flash.
Yoga is known to be rather beneficial too but this addresses the frequency of the hot flashes more. Eight sessions each of 90 minutes helped drop almost 30% of hot flashes experienced.
Herbs are probably the most popular alternative to taking medication for hot flashes. Popular and reliable ones are as follows:
Red clover- Red clover, scientifically known as Trifolium pratense, is a plant whose flower tops is used to make medicine.
This plant contains hormone-like chemicals called isoflavones, which when entered into the body changes to ‘phytoestrogens’ that are like the hormone oestrogen. As a result, a balance is restored in the body. Some women have claimed it to be quite useful for the prevention of hot flashes.
Another name for ginseng is Panax quinquefolius or Panax gingseng is a plant whose root is used for making medicine. It does not cure hot flashes completely but it provides relief from mood symptoms and sleep disturbances.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil, also called Oenothera biennis, is the oil, whose seeds are extracted from the plant evening primrose. It is used for skin disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, nerve damage related to diabetes and more.
It contains fatty acids, which helps in decreasing breast pain. Though it has been found useful in curing a lot of other health related problems, it is still under scrutiny about its cure to hot flashes.
It is an herb derived from a species of buttercup. Recent studies shows that black cohosh does not act as a substitute for oestrogen yet some women have reported that it had helped them to cure hot flashes because it reduces hormone related issues. Usage of black cohosh causes liver problems. Hence, it has a mixed feedback and researches are still going on.
According to latest researchers, there is a variety of seaweed that is found along rocky sea shores, called “kelp”. In addition to having over 70 minerals and trace elements, it is loaded with elements, growth hormones, iodine, potassium, magnesium and vitamins, especially Vitamin E which is known to reduce frequent hot flashes in itself.Thus we can easily deal with hot flashes naturally and without any medicines or chemicals through these very basic very simple methods.
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