Written by Avantina Sharma, Ph.D (Foods and Nutrition), M.Sc (Foods and Nutrition) | 

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD on Mar 21, 2018

Hot Flash - Management

Hot flashes in particular and the menopausal period can be managed by

Hormone Replacement Therapy

  • Vitamin and mineral supplements - Vitamin E, selenium and vitamin B6
  • Progestergens
  • Clonidine (Dixarit, Catapres)
  • Anti-depressants
  • Evening Primrose oil

Alternative therapies have also been found to be effective in treating the condition.

Homeopathy: The science of medicine by Dr. Haneman is effective in this condition. The medications includes sage, pulsatilla, rhubarb, root extract, sulpha and graphites. The advice is best taken from a qualified homeopathic doctor.

Fragrance therapy: the much publicized aromatherapy massage with essential oils such as sage and chamomile improves symptoms and has also been found effective in the management of the condition.

Herb world: the enigmatic world of herbs in also a potential cure. Herbs like ginseng, black cohosh, lavender, fennel, false unicorn toot and wild yam are used to relieve menopausal symptoms.

Other therapies would include acupuncture, reflexology, chiropractic measures, massage, stress reduction techniques and meditation. All these should be attempted under expert guidance.

Hot Flash - References:

  1. Avantina Sharma, Textbook of Food Science and Technology, International Book distributor (IBDC) publishers, India.
  2. Albertazzi P et al. The effect of dietary soy supplementation on hot flushes. Obstetrics and Gynecology 1998;91: 6-11
  3. Charles L Loprinzi et al. Venlafaxine in management of hot flushes in survivors of breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet. Volume 356 Page 2059
  4. Jeri AR. The effect of isoflavones phyto-estrogens in relieving hot flushes in Peruvian postmenopausal women. Paper presented at: 9th International Menopause Society World Congress on the Menopause; October 20, 1999; Yokahama, Japan.
  5. Vasomotor symptom relief by soy isoflavone extract tablets in postmenopausal women: a multicenter, double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Menopause. 2000 Jul-Aug;7(4):236-42.


guest Tuesday, March 20, 2007

My worst hot flashes feel similar to a slight electrical shock, short-lived but very significant (as if I have stuck my finger in a light socket.) Has anyone else experience a similar type of hot flash? I have also had the type where you feel as if your temperature immediately rises and you must remove clothing while profusely perspiring.

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