Most people believe that low production of estrogen by ovaries leads to hot flashes. However, let me assure you, it hasn't proved so, as yet. Most doctors agree to the fact that stress level, lifestyle and dietary habits have a profound effect on this. Now, the latest researches also suggest that genes can also play a major role in this.
Throughout the world, pharmaceutical companies have come up with many tested medications, since the hormone replacement therapy has found to create more side effects. However, let me tell you that natural remedies work much better than any of these medications with tall claims.
There are many herbal remedies you can try to treat hot flashes, such as: chaste berry, sarsaparilla, tribulus terrestris, damiana, soy isoflavones, red clover, maca root, ginger, black cohosh and dong quai. We shall look at each of these herbal remedies to know more about their advantage and characteristics.
Dietary supplements having soy isoflavones are much popular these days for treating hot flashes. You may also directly take soy beans, tofu, soy flour, soy milk or the products derived from that. Soy isoflavones are also known as an estrogen plant.
Dong quai is an herbal plant usually seen in China, and it is also known as "female ginseng". It is an herb which Chinese have been using for ages to treat hot flashes, anemia, fatigue, high blood pressure and gynecological diseases. This has got plenty of vitamin B12 in it, which has been known as an excellent pain reliever and sedative. However, it has found to aggravate the growth of breast cancer cells. So, avoid this in case if you have a history of breast cancer.
Next, let's look at chaste berry, which has the scientific name vitex agnus-castus. Berry of the chaste tree is generally found in Mediterranean. This is commonly accepted as a tonic for reproductive system for both men and women. It is scientifically proved that it has the ability to relieve breast pain.
Ginger root also has been widely used for hot flashes. Its ability to boost the immune system and the ability to reduce inflammation have been widely acknowledged. However, the supplements are not recommended for many women, as it could be allergic to many women.
Next, you could try the herb Tribulus terrestris. Though, its scientific results are mixed, it is believed to produce to hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Also known as a safe alternative to steroids, so, it is widely popular among athletes and body builders.
Another herb, Damiana is also widely used. It has been proven effective in enhancing sexual function in menopausal women. Maca root is also commonly suggested for this disease.
Now let's see some of Native American herbs which have been used for hormonal imbalance cure. Black cohosh, Red clover and sarsaparilla are the most famous herbs in this group. Out of these three, Black cohosh has been more popular since it doesn't have many side effects compared to other two. Women being at the risk of breast or endometrial cancer can take this herb without worrying about side effects.