Estrogen is about 90 percent effective in reducing hot flashes, but other methods may also help. Why? If you can control your central thermostat and relax your arteries, you'll avoid that roller coaster of vascular contraction and dilation that causes the sweats.
That's why things like meditation and relaxation techniques may be helpful for reducing the red heat. Deep breathing, which helps counteract a lack of nitric oxide, is more effective than any other therapy except estrogen. Yoga incorporates belly breathing and also offers poses that could help to lower blood pressure and heart rate. Vitamin E is anecdotally helpful, and if you are desperate, why not?
One big item that's often overlooked: the amount of saturated fat in your diet. Saturated fats cause constriction of arteries after a meal. The fluctuation between dilation and constriction causes the flash. Fewer saturated fats equal fewer symptoms.
Also, it may be worth experimenting to see if exercise, paced respiration, black cohosh, or evening primrose oil could help you reduce hot flashes.
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