If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness or difficulty sleeping, your doctor will probably subscribe medication to help ease those symptoms. However, there are natural remedies you can use in addition to, or instead of taking prescription drugs.
Black Cohosh, soy, flaxseed and even cold drinks have been known to help with hot flashes. Derived from the buttercup, black cohosh was shown to help provide short-term relief for mild hot flashes, and even night sweats. Low blood pressure can be side effect of using black cohosh, so if you are prone to blood pressure issues, you may want to avoid using it.
Eating a diet rich in soy-based foods, such as tofu and soymilk, may also help reduce the effects of night sweats and hot flashes. Additionally, adding flaxseed oil to your diet may also provide relief from hot flashes, while reducing your cholesterol. Some women have also reported relief from vaginal dryness by using a topical solution of vitamin E.
Never underestimate the power of exercise, especially yoga, or meditation, which have all been reported to help with hot flashes, mood swings and problems sleeping.