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Can Alternative Treatments Treat Hot Flashes and Help Me Sleep?

Alternative treatments for treating hot flashes and improving sleep have included soy products such as tofu and soybeans. Soy products contain a plant hormone called phytoestrogen that acts as a weak estrogen. In general, research has not shown significant hot flash reduction with soy products.

Black cohosh, a perennial plant that is a member of the buttercup family, has also been used to treat hot flashes and sweating. Despite some positive results, studies that have investigated the role of black cohosh in reducing menopausal symptoms have been flawed. 

Keep in mind that dietary supplements are not regulated or controlled by the FDA like medications. Talk to your doctor before you take any of these products.

 

 

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Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on September 18, 2014
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