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Complementary and alternative treatments

Some women report that exercise programs or relaxation methods have helped to control hot flashes, but controlled studies have failed to show a benefit of these practices in relieving the symptoms of hot flashes. Maintaining a cool sleep environment and the use of cotton bedclothes can help ease some of the discomfort associated with hot flashes and associated night sweats.

Many women turn to alternative therapies, including herbal products, vitamins, plant estrogens, and other substances, for the treatment of hot flashes. Doctors can be reluctant to recommend alternative treatments because these nonprescription products are not regulated by the FDA (like prescription medications), and their ingredients and strength can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. For products that are not regulated by the FDA, testing and proof of safety is not required for marketing of these products. Long-term, scientifically controlled studies for these products are either lacking or have not proved the safely and effectiveness of many of the so-called natural or alternative remedies.

Some alternative treatments, however, have been evaluated in well-designed clinical trials. Alternative treatments that have been scientifically studied with some research include phytoestrogens (plant estrogens, isoflavones), black cohosh, and vitamin E.

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Comment from: screenname, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

In cooler weather when you need warmer clothing, I wear a short-sleeved or sleeveless shirt under my clothing so that I can shed the long sleeves when having a hot flash. It provides speedy relief when you strip down to that t-shirt.

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Comment from: csd3es, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I am on Female Balance from Awareness Life and take 2 tablets twice/day. It works very well for me. I had at least 30 hot flashes a day and they are all gone.

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