July 25, 2016
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Hot Flashes (cont.)

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Black cohosh

Black cohosh is an herbal preparation that is becoming more and more popular in the U.S., and the North American Menopause Society does support the short-term use of black cohosh for treating menopausal symptoms, for a period of up to six months (because of its relatively low incidence of side effects when used over the short-term).

Some studies have shown that black cohosh can reduce hot flashes, but most of the studies have not been considered to be rigorous enough in their design to firmly prove any benefit. There also have not been scientific studies done to establish the long-term benefits and safety of this product. Research is ongoing to further determine the effectiveness and safety of black cohosh.

Other alternative therapies

There are many other supplements and substances that have been used as treatments for symptoms of menopause, including:

  • vitamin E,
  • licorice,
  • evening primrose oil,
  • dong quai,
  • chasteberry, and
  • wild yam.

Scientific studies to prove the safety and effectiveness of these products in relieving hot flashes have not been adequately performed.

Can hot flashes be prevented?

While the development of hot flashes cannot be prevented, the treatment methods as described in the above section may be able to reduce their incidence and severity.

REFERENCE: Santen, R. et al. "Menopausal hot flashes." Mar 17, 2015

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/21/2015

Source: MedicineNet.com

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