AL­TER­NA­TIVE THER­A­PIES

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

Drink­ing cold wa­ter or splashing it over the face and wrists can help quickly cool the body

There is some sci­en­tific ev­i­dence that cer­tain sup­ple­ments and herbs can help ease the in­ten­sity and fre­quency of hot flushes. It’s al­ways best to con­sult an al­ter­na­tive health prac­ti­tioner be­fore tak­ing any sup­ple­ments, and al­low two to three weeks to see re­sults.

Phy­toe­stro­gens:

Plant-based oe­stro­gens or phy­toe­stro­gens are thought to help by in­creas­ing the ef­fect of the hor­mone on the body. Lentils, lin­seeds, sesame seeds, whole­grains and beans like soy beans are all good sources.

Lin­seeds:

The most ef­fec­tive dose of lin­seeds was found to be 40g per day, usu­ally split into two serv­ings. Study find­ings show fewer hot flushes and re­duced vagi­nal dry­ness. Add freshly ground lin­seeds to ce­real or smooth­ies.

Licorice root:

In a study, women who took 330mg of licorice ex­tract three times daily for eight weeks re­duced the sever­ity and fre­quency of hot flushes. Ben­e­fits typ­i­cally lasted for two weeks af­ter women stopped us­ing the sup­ple­ment. How­ever, if high blood pres­sure is a prob­lem, you should give licorice root a miss.

Va­le­rian root:

Tak­ing a 255mg dose of va­le­rian three times a day for eight weeks was found in a study to re­duce the num­ber and sever­ity of hot flushes. Va­le­rian may also improve sleep qual­ity.

Sage cap­sules:

Tak­ing these may help re­duce ex­ces­sive sweat­ing.

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