Menopause is a natural biological process that every woman goes through, and marks the end of menstrual cycles.
There are a few years leading up to true menopause that is termed peri-menopause.
Hot flushes are a common symptom during menopause and peri-menopause. They can cause distress, especially when severe and frequent.
There are ways to manage hot flushes during peri-menopause and menopause naturally.
What is a hot flush?
A hot flush is a sudden feeling of heat and sometimes a red, flushed face along with sweating.
Hot flushes come on suddenly and how long they last for varies. Some hot flushes last a few seconds but sometimes they can go on for around 10 minutes.
The frequency of hot flushes also varies - from a few hot flushes per week to a few hot flushes a day.
The frequency and the length of the hot flush can depend on where you are in peri-menopause or menopause.
What causes hot flushes during menopause?
Hot flushes start when blood vessels near the skin’s surface increase to help you lose heat and cool off. This then lowers the body temperature.
There is evidence that the hot flushes result from hormonal changes in the body, likely to be from a rapid decrease in oestrogen.
Along with hot flushes there may be palpitations and anxiety.
Management of Hot Flushes Naturally
A lot of women do not want to take HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) or are unable to take HRT for medical reasons.
For mild symptoms, hot flushes can be kept under control by:
Use of fans
Lowering of room temperature
Avoidance of triggers such as alcohol and spices
Increase the amount of foods rich in Vitamins B and E you eat
Increase the amount of Magnesium taken in. This can either be through Epsom Salts baths, or from Magnesium lotion or spray.
There are things that you can do to manage the symptoms naturally, even if the hot flushes are more severe:
Meditation - a study published in The Journal of North American Menopause Society, found that meditation helped ease hot flushes
Yoga - can help with the effects of menopause including hot flushes
Black Cohosh herbal remedy - Medical News Today explains how it can be used to reduce the severity of hot flushes.
Homeopathy - there are a number of remedies that may help. The most commonly used are Sepia, Lachesis, Pulsatilla and Folliculinum.
If you would like to improve your menopausal symptoms, feel free to book a free discovery call with me, or email me.
How may homeopathy help you?
Homeopathy can help with so many health issues. Homeopathy may help to balance out your hormones, and alleviate the hot flushes. Whether you have a big health issue that is stopping you getting on with your life, or niggly health 'annoyances', feel free to contact me if you think I may be able to help.
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