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- Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Symptoms
- Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Alternative Treatments
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- Hot flash facts
- What are hot flashes?
- What causes hot flashes?
- What are the symptoms of hot flashes?
- How are hot flashes diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for hot flashes?
- Hormone Therapy
- Bioidentical hormone therapy
- Other drug treatments
- Complementary and alternative treatments
- Black cohosh
- Other alternative therapies
- Can hot flashes be prevented?
Quick GuideMenopause & Perimenopause: Symptoms, Signs
Black cohosh is an herbal preparation that is becoming more and more popular in the U.S., and the North American Menopause Society does support the short-term use of black cohosh for treating menopausal symptoms, for a period of up to six months (because of its relatively low incidence of side effects when used over the short-term).
Some studies have shown that black cohosh can reduce hot flashes, but most of the studies have not been considered to be rigorous enough in their design to firmly prove any benefit. There also have not been scientific studies done to establish the long-term benefits and safety of this product. Research is ongoing to further determine the effectiveness and safety of black cohosh.
Other alternative therapies
There are many other supplements and substances that have been used as treatments for symptoms of menopause, including:
Scientific studies to prove the safety and effectiveness of these products in relieving hot flashes have not been adequately performed.
Can hot flashes be prevented?
While the development of hot flashes cannot be prevented, the treatment methods as described in the above section may be able to reduce their incidence and severity.
REFERENCE: Santen, R. et al. "Menopausal hot flashes." Mar 17, 2015