A number of herbal treatments have been promoted as a “natural” remedy for hot flashes. In fact, many postmenopausal women use black cohosh for hot flashes, but clinical trials have shown that it is not more effective than a placebo. Herbal treatments are not recommended for hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms. However, if you are taking herbal treatments and your symptoms are relieved by this treatment, then no one will be happier than me. I would rather not have you on systemic estrogen; it can have serious side-effects. Are you getting better because of the 30% placebo effect that occurs with all drugs? Are you getting better because it is really helping your symptoms? I am just happy that you are better, and I am even happier that you are not on a drug that can hurt you.
There is a new medication that is sold over the counter for hot flashes that is a Swedish flower pollen extract. The pollen allergens have been removed, and, it is grown without pesticides. There are clinical studies that show the effectiveness of this medication. You can read about this at www.relizen.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/RelizenMenopause. You can also call Relizen toll-free at 1-855-RELIZEN to order the pills over the phone.