Many women have turned to alternative medicine for menopause symptom relief. Before you try prescription medicines or hormones, you can think about using one or more of the following options for preventing or treating symptoms.
- Mind and body relaxation using breathing exercises. It may reduce hot flashes and emotional symptoms.
- Black cohosh (such as Remifemin) may prevent or relieve menopause symptoms. But the research on black cohosh has had mixed results.
- Soy may improve menopause symptoms. But studies have shown mixed results.
- Yoga (which often includes meditative breathing) and/or biofeedback gives you tools you can use to reduce stress. High stress is likely to make your symptoms worse.
Treatments to avoid
Based on the latest research, some treatments aren't recommended, either because they don't work or because they can cause dangerous effects.7 These include: