How can I treat hot flashes?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered

    The various solutions to hot flashes which you can try are:

    • Keishi-bukuryo-gan - Try keishi-bukuryo-gan, which translates as cinnamon mushroom tablet, a popular treatment in Japan where 40 million doses are prescribed each year. Available at Asian grocery stores for about $8, Keishi-bukuryo-gan tea should be taken three times a day as a treatment.
    • Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) - These over-the-counter drugs based on a natural soy derivative can help with hot flashes and improve bone density. Be sure to talk to your doctor first to determine if this treatment is right for you.
    • Chilled Pillows - Hot flashes that occur at night - night sweats - can cause plenty of sleep deprivation. Try a chilled pillow filled with a cold-water insert, available at department stores for about $25. It'll keep your head cool, regulate body temperature, and aid sleep.

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  • AJudy Caplan, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Hot flashes can be treated through diet, exercise, reduction in stimulants, and by taking medication. While medication is by far the most effective there are concerns about increasing the risk of breast cancer. If you choose this route, be sure to talk to your OBGYN about your individual risk. Diet can help decrease the intensity and frequency of hot flashes but not as effectively as hormone replacement therapy. Reducing stimulants like coffee, tea, alcohol, and chocolate can also help. Some studies say increasing soy products can help reduce hot flashes. In general it is important to remember that this is not a permanent condition and that it will pass.
  • ABoston Women's Health Book Collective, Administration, answered

    There are several effective, natural ways to cope with hot flashes. Wearing layers of clothing that can easily be removed when the heat becomes intense is an option. Many women opt to wear lighter fabrics like cotton—even in winter—because cotton absorbs perspiration.

    While some women find such coping strategies effective, others may want to adopt a more preventive approach. Several options exist, including lifestyle changes, paced respiration, complementary health practices, and prescription medications, including hormone treatment.

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  • ADiscovery Health answered
    Women's Health Tips: Hot Flashes

    One way is to ask your doctor for a prescription for an epilepsy medication, like gabapentin or an antidepressant, like Prozac. Or, you could make sure you exercise regularly, which can help reduce the symptoms. Including flaxseed in your diet also may help. It has been an effective herbal remedy for hot flashes for some people.

    A doctor explains how to deal with hot flashes in this clip from Discovery Health's "Women's Health Tips".

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