Dr. Oz Recommends Herbs for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on March 10, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
More and more women are embracing natural alternatives, including herbs, to ease the symptoms of menopause. This is good news, and recently even Dr. Oz recommended the herb Sage (Salvia officinalis) for sweating associated with menopause. Clinical studies have shown rapid relief (within 4 weeks) from hot flashes and night sweats with Sage, along with reduction in anxiety and improvement in mood.
Black Cohosh is another herb long-used for menopause. It doesn’t have a direct hormone action, contrary to much popular belief, but works upon the body’s “temperature gauge” to help eliminate hot flashes and night sweats.
Another herb that is helpful during menopause is Vitex (Chaste tree). Vitex specifically helps to enhance progesterone levels which can help reduce the excess facial growth that occurs in some menopausal women.
In addition to the herbs mentioned, other useful herbs for menopause include Hops, Dong Quai, Red Clover, Wild Yam, Motherwort and, from the Ayurvedic tradition, Shatavari (Asparagus racemosa).
Reduce hot flashes and night sweats naturally, with Mother Nature’s medicine chest! Many of these herbs also provide a relaxing effect upon your nervous system so that you feel calmer, more refreshed, and get a better night’s sleep!
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan