Changes in reproductive hormones and in your body's thermostat cause vasomotor symptoms like hot flashes. Postmenopausal women that have hot flashes should avoid cigarettes, hot beverages, and warm environments. Always consult a doctor to confirm the cause of your hot flashes before taking any treatment.
What are Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes are a sensation of intense heat in the upper part of the body, accompanied by sudden rapid heartbeat, a rising flushing of the chest, neck and face and are often followed by heavy sweating.
Intensity and frequency of hot flashes varies greatly from woman to woman, but it is believed, that as faster a woman goes through the transition from regular menstrual periods to no periods, the more significant her hot flashes will be. In fact, 3 out of 4 women passing through menopause experience hot flashes.
The exact causes for hot flashes during menopause are still in debate, but it is generally accepted that the main reason for this is that the hypothalamus (the heat regulatory area of the brain) starts overproducing heat. The declining level of estrogen hormones, associated with menopause, are responsible for the malfunction of the hypothalamus (heat regulatory area), which detects an increased body temperature and releases chemicals that cause the skin blood vessels to dilate so the heat can be released; therefore, starting the hot flashes
Hot flashes and other vasomotor symptoms such as dizziness and heart palpitations (the term vasomotor describes bodily changes related to the constriction and dilation of blood vessels) decrease in strength and frequency after menopause, but some women may experience them for the rest of their life.
Hot flashes can turn into a difficult symptom to face up if menopausal women don't deal with it appropriately. Please keep on reading the article below which provides useful information on how to cope with hot flashes.
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have demonstrated that a very tiny food can make a very big difference in the way menopausal women experience hot flashes.
Hot Flashes is just an indicator of the declination of estrogen hormones that menopause produces. These changes result in a hormonal imbalance in a woman's body and cause Hot Flashes. Therefore, the best and most effective way to treat Hot Flashes is to control its main cause by balancing hormonal levels.
Three approaches for the treatment of Hot Flashes
There are three levels of treatments of Hot Flashes:
- Lifestyle Changes
- Alternative Medicine and
- Drugs and Surgery.
You should always start with the least risky approach (lifestyle changes) and go on to riskier approaches (surgery/drugs) only if necessary.
The first level involves no risk but may be the hardest way to go. You'll have to change many habits of your daily life. So if you are considering this approach, you will need a strong mind and a positive thinking for managing these changes.
Nonetheless, techniques for stress reduction (e.g. yoga), a diet rich in estrogenic food (soy, alfalfa, cherries, rice, wheat and yams) or even becoming more fit by doing regular exercises, will have positive effects on the treatment of Hot Flashes.
It's not easy to follow up this approach, that's why you might want to consider the next level of treatment, because alternative medicine is an excellent treatment for Hot Flashes.
Alternative approaches involve little or no risk and can be considered as the safest way to treat Hot Flashes. In this level of approach, Herbal remedies are the most effective option.
There are basically two types of herbs to treat Hot Flashes during menopause: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs. Phytoestrogen herbs (e.g. Black Cohosh, Dong Quai) contain plant estrogens. Therefore, these herbs replace the missing estrogen; unfortunately, phytoestrogen herbs produce several side effects (like breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes) as a result from adding hormones from outside.
Unlike phytoestrogen herbs, non-estrogenic herbs don't contain any estrogen. Instead, non-estrogenic herbs nourish your hormonal glands for healthy production of your own natural hormones. This ultimately ends up in balancing overall hormones levels. Due to this, non-estrogenic herbs, like Macafem, can be considered as the safest way of natural treatment for Hot Flashes.
Nature & Health magazine. Dr. Chacon says:
A combination of approaches is a good route to take. Lifestyle changes combined with alternative medicine will probably take care of Hot Flashes during menopause in a more efficiently way.
Drugs and Surgery
Interventions at level 3 involve the highest risk and often the highest costs. The most common drug therapy for the treatment of Hot Flashes in the US is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). There's no doubt that this is the quickest and strongest way to combat hormonal imbalance; unfortunately, it entails serious side effects and increases the risk of different cancer types among women.
If you still consider following this risky approach, take a visit to your physician, and get informed about what this estrogen imbalance treatment option involves.
Remember that these three levels of approaches are not mutually exclusive. You can use different approaches at different times or combine several at the same time. Nowadays more and more women think that the best treatment for Hot Flashes during menopause is accomplished via a combination of healthy lifestyle and alternative treatments.