Saturday, April 12, 2014

HOT FLUSHES CARE & Herbs

HOT FLUSHES CARE


As your body’s estrogen levels drop as you approach menopause, hot flushed can begin. Hot flushes are simply as symptoms of menopause.

This is the time in women’s life when she stops ovulating.

These hormonal changes create a disturbance in the thermoregulation. The hypothalamus triggers a sudden, downward setting of the body’s temperature.

The symptoms that accompany these hot flushes can include dizziness, headache, difficulty in breathing, heart palpitation and a depression which is part of the lowered estrogen.

  • Estrogen replacement is effective is not only alleviating hot flushes, but also helping prevent the bone loss of osteoporosis.
  • Progesterone supplementation will assist in the balance of hormones to prevent uterine cancer.
  • Reduce stress where possible. Learn to relax.
  • Include moderate exercise in your daily routine to reduce the burden on the adrenal glands.
  • A well balanced nutritious diet is mandatory.
  • Avoid dairy products, sugar and red meat.
  • Eliminate caffeine and alcohol.
  • Add broccoli, kelp, salmon with the bone and sardines.
  • Regular exercise.
  • Dryness in the vaginal area can be treats with vitamin E oil applied topically.
  • Drinks lots of water to aid in keeping your body temperature normal. 

Natural Herbs for Hot Flushes

  • Black Cohosh – This well-known herbal treatment for menopause contains phytoestrogens, a compound that actually imitates the body’s own estrogen. It has proven success with both hot flashes and night sweats.
  • Dong quai – This particular herb acts much like Black Cohosh, using phytoestrogens to help regulate the body’s reaction to lower estrogen levels, also helping with hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
  • Flaxseed – Flaxseed may be the most popular herbal remedy for menopause symptoms. It is loaded with estrogen-like plant chemicals called lignans that have been shown to effectively cut the intensity of hot flashes by 57%. 
  • Evening Primrose Oil – While it doesn’t have a huge scientific background, this herb oil contains an omega-6 essential fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid that can significantly reduce hot flashes and decrease breast tenderness during menopause.
  • Soy – Soy in its purest forms (Tofu, soybeans, and soymilk) help increase bone density and strength. Studies have shown that women’s bones lose density, dexterity, and strength during menopause. Adding soy to treatment options can help reduce the risk of bone injury during and after menopause.