There are many different plant extracts and related dietary supplements aimed at women who are battling hot flashes, sleep problems and other menopause-related difficulties. That makes it impossible to say anything general about their effectiveness. What's more, these products simply haven't been well studied, as a rule. We know far less about how well they work than we know about the effects of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
However, there is tantalizing evidence from the limited research that has been done to suggest that some of these natural products may help a woman struggling with menopause symptoms. Popular dietary supplements for menopausal women include products containing black cohosh, evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil, red clover and soy extract. If you decide to try one, tell your doctor first and follow the label instructions to the letter. If you develop any new symptoms while taking a botanical product of any kind, stop immediately and contact your physician.