Herbal remedies for hot flashes are some of the most popular natural remedies for menopause. Many women use black cohosh for hot flashes, but there are many more useful herbs for hot flashes.
Herbs are a great source of natural remedies for menopause. Hot flashes, while they can sometimes be difficult to eliminate, will usually respond to natural remedies in some form. They may become less intense, or less frequent, and they might go away completely. There are several different strategies for using herbal remedies for hot flashes. You can work to balance your hormones with herbs (see hormone imbalance, herbal estrogen and herbal progesterone for more information).
Another approach is to support your liver. As my herbal medicine teacher used to say, “your liver makes your blood.” With all the hormonal shifts you are going through during perimenopause and menopause, your liver is seriously overworked. It has to process all of those hormones. And if you are taking drugs, or have conditions that compromise your liver function, it will be even more critical to support your liver. There are several herbs that can do an excellent job of this. Dandelion, Oregon Grape Root, Burdock and Yellow Dock are all excellent herbs for liver-support. See menopause and digestion for more information about these herbs.
According to Susun Weed in the New Menopausal Years the nutrients lost from having hot flashes include: Vitamins B, C, magnesium, potassium, calcium and trace minerals. Herbal infusions are a great way to do replace nutrients. Red clover and oatstraw are both full of nutrients.
Nervines, which are herbs that help reduce stress and encourage relaxation can also help with menopause. These include motherwort, scullcap, blue vervain, avena sativa (oatstraw), valerian, passionflower, chamomile and kava kava. Passionflower may also help with high blood pressure. Motherwort is also nourishing to the heart.
According to Amanda McQuade Crawford (1996), evening primrose oil may also be effective with hot flashes. “Most research suggests the minimum dose in a range of 6 to 10 capsules a day...it may be effective in as quickly as 3 to 6 weeks...taking less or taking it sporadically seems to have little or no effect in some women...” (1996).
Other herbal remedies for hot flashes include black cohosh and sage. Rosemary Gladstar (1993) recommends Dr. Christopher's Hormonal Changes formula (change-ease).
You will find some of these herbs below. These are the highest quality versions of these herbs.
Crawford, A.M. (1996). The herbal menopause book. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press.
Gladstar, R. (1993). Herbal healing for women. New York, NY: Fireside
Weed, S. (2002) New menopausal years, The wise woman way. Woodstock, NY: Ash Tree Publishing.