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 Do Mother Nature's Treatments Help Hot Flashes?

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PostSubject: Do Mother Nature's Treatments Help Hot Flashes?   Tue 12 Jun 2012, 7:40 pm

FROM: http://www.menopause.org/hotflashes.aspx
Do Mother Nature's Treatments Help Hot Flashes?

BlackCohosh (Actaea racemosa, Cimicifuga racemosa)This
herb has received quite a bit of scientific attention for its possible
effects on hot flashes. Studies of its effectiveness in reducing hot
flashes have produced mixed results. However, some women report that it
has helped them. Recent research suggests that black cohosh does not
act like estrogen, as once thought. This reduces concerns about its
effect on hormone-sensitive tissue (eg, uterus, breast). Black cohosh
has had a good safety record over a number of years. There have been
some reports linking black cohosh to liver problems, but this has not
been proven.

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)In
five controlled studies, no consistent or conclusive evidence was
found that red clover leaf extract reduces hot flashes. As with black
cohosh, however, some women claim that red clover has helped them.
Studies report few side effects and no serious health problems with
use. But studies in animals have raised concerns that red clover might
have harmful effects on hormone-sensitive tissue.

Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)Dong
quai has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat
gynecologic conditions for more than 1,200 years. Yet only one
randomized clinical study of dong quai has been conducted to determine
its effects on hot flashes, and this botanical therapy was not found to
be useful in reducing them. Some experts on Chinese medicine point out
that the preparation studied was not the same as they use in practice.
Dong quai should never be used by women with fibroids or
blood-clotting problems such as hemophilia, or by women taking drugs
that affect clotting such as warfarin (Coumadin) as bleeding
complications can result.

Ginseng (Panax ginseng or Panax quinquefolius)Research
has shown that ginseng may help with some menopausal symptoms, such as
mood symptoms and sleep disturbances, and with one's overall sense of
well-being. However, it has not been found to be helpful for hot
flashes.

Kava (Piper methysticum)Kava
may decrease anxiety, but there is no evidence that it decreases hot
flashes. It is important to note that kava has been associated with
liver disease. The FDA has issued a warning to patients and providers
about kava because of its potential to damage the liver. Because of
this concern, Health Canada does not allow kava to be sold in Canada.

EveningPrimroseOil (Oenothera biennis) This
botanical is also promoted to relieve hot flashes. However, the only
randomized, placebo-controlled study (in only 56 women) found no benefit
over placebo (mock medication). Reported side effects include
inflammation, problems with blood clotting and the immune system,
nausea, and diarrhea. It has been shown to induce seizures in patients
diagnosed with schizophrenia who are taking antipsychotic medication.
Evening primrose oil should not be used with anticoagulants or
phenothiazines (a type of psychotherapeutic agent).
http://www.menopause.org/hotflashes.aspx
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