Hot Flash Alternative Herbals

Mild hot flashes should be tolerated, and don't need therapy, but once they occur several times a day, or more, and are accompanied by sweating, sleep disturbances or lack of concentration, it's time to try simple therapies, then check with your gyno. Research studies have been frustrating on herbal medicines, for all the reasons herbals are not traditional medications: they vary, they are best used in combinations, and positive thinking is so powerful, that the placebo effects are huge making statistically proving herbals work almost impossible. About 4-6 women out of 10 will get better no matter what herbal we give them. The herbal therapy for hot flashes can be aimed at reducting the flash, reducing the anxiety with the flash, and hoping to improve sleep. One herbal menopausal therapy that may be able to fit the bill and treat all these complaints the herb black cohosh. If you read labels it's in many available therapies. What is black cohosh? Is it something that will help with our menopause? It's often promoted as menopausal help, but it's important to realize that there are some scientific facts that may help you (with your gyno's guidance) figure out if this therapy is right for you.
1. Black cohosh is not an estrogen and has no estrogenic side effects, and helps the work of tamoxifen on the breast, so very safe for those at risk for or who have breast cancer
2. Black cohosh can be helpful for lots of menopausal symptoms: hot flashes, sleep, sweats, not so much for the psychological symptoms like mood changes, concentration problems, anger management, or depression
3. Black cohosh is probably safe to give with St. Johns Wort if you are a candidate for that medication anyway, which can help with the mood changes and depression not treated by the Black cohosh, but be careful if you are on other medications, or if the preparations you are using have other ingredients that will not mix with each other
4.Estrogen therapy in menopause often works very rapidly, within days to a very few weeks, but if you are taking black cohosh for menopause expect results in 8 weeks and full effects by week 16
5. Although most physicians wouldn't feel that black cohosh is significantly effective for menopause if you want to try it the side effects rare, if so they will be moderate and mostly be gastrointestinal
6. No serious drug interactions reported yet to the FDA with black cohosh, but long term use has not been studied and it's important to try to manage your symptoms with medical guidance if you do need longer therapy


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