How to cope with hot flushes and night sweats naturally

Night sweats and hot flushes are some of the most common symptoms of menopause, which affects nearly 75% of women in UK at some point in their life. They can make daily activities feel uncomfortable and make life feel generally miserable. The good news is there are some ways to deal with them, and without using HTR or hormone replacement therapy and other medicines that are usually prescribed.

In the Winter 2012/13 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, menopause nurse practitioner Jan Brockie discusses how to deal with hot flushes and night sweats using self-help measures and complementary therapies. She covers diet and lifestyle, phytoestrogens, homeopathy, herbal remedies, acupuncture, magnet therapy, yoga and cooling devices.

“Hot flushes and night sweats can be difficult to cope with, especially if they occur frequently,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “In her article, Jan Brockie looks at different ways to manage them, rather than resorting to prescribed medicines. However, all women should speak to their GP about using any complementary therapies, especially if they are on any other medication or have any underlying medical conditions.”

The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is completely independent and is not sponsored by any companies. It aims to provide unbiased and easily understood information to women and healthcare professionals. The information provided is designed to enable women to make informed decisions about their own health and wellbeing.

Other articles in the Winter 2012/13 issue of the newsletter include HRT choices (patches, skin gels and implants), seeing your doctor and digestive problems. We also have book reviews, news and our ‘Ask the experts’ page.

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