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How can I control hot flashes naturally?

For menopausal women who cannot or would prefer not to use estrogen-based hormone replacement therapy (HRT), there are several alternative treatments. Clonidine, a medication used to lower blood pressure, also has been found useful for hot flashes. There is some evidence that both Propranolol, another blood pressure medication, and the antidepressant medication venlafaxine may help alleviate hot flashes. There is less evidence of help from herbal medications like black cohash, red clover, flaxseed, or soy. However, some relief has been reported for studies of clinical hypnosis and acupuncture. And of course there are practical tips like using a handheld fan, keeping cold water close by, practice deep breathing when a flash starts, and losing weight if you are overweight.

If you'd like to go beyond the DIY (do-it-yourself) route to helping prevent hot flashes, your doctor may have some suggestions. Alternative therapies like vitamins, acupuncture or herbology can help. There are also other medications that can help with hot flashes, including hormone replacement therapy.

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