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Here’s How to Deal With Your Hot Flashes, Naturally

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Hot flashes — known as vasomotor — are symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, the nearly four-year period before menopause. If you have ever experienced a hot flash — feeling of heat that comes on suddenly and results in a flushed face and sweat — then chances are you’re willing to do anything and everything to remedy and prevent them.

When a hot flash comes on, you might experience an accelerated heart rate, unexplained heat, a flushed or red face, and sweating. You may even feel a spell of chills, too. Needless to say, it’s hardly fun. Symptoms that often accompany hot flashes (and menopause) include unexplained weight gain, mood swings, bouts of depression, libido loss, and/or sexual dysfunction.

While looking for treatment methods, you may have found that low doses of antidepressants such as Effexor XR, Paxil, Prozac, and medications such as Neurontin (an anti-seizure medication) and Kapvay (a medication that lowers high blood pressure) can help alleviate hot flashes. However, if you would prefer to go the natural route, there are some treatments that don’t involve medication that can also really help.

Keep reading for natural remedies for hot flashes!

Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is an herb, the roots of which can be used for medicinal purposes. You can take black cohosh through a capsule or drink it as a tea. Though not much is known about how either black cohosh or hot flashes work, it is thought that black cohosh binds to estrogen receptors and fluctuations in estrogen levels seem to be key in hot flashes.

Before choosing black cohosh as a treatment for hot flashes, you should understand the side effects and of course, consult a doctor. There has been anecdotal evidence that supports black cohosh has been linked to liver failure. Other side effects include stomach ache and rash. Again, talk to your doctor before reaching for the black cohosh.