Herbs for Hot Flashes

Herbal Aids and Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

Herbs for hot flashes include... 

  • Black cohosh is a popular herbal remedy because it's rich in phytosterols. 

  • The herbs chickweed, elder and violet can be effective at treating hot flashes because they cool your body. 

  • The herbs Dong quai, dandelion, Ho Shou Wu (polygonum multiflorum) and yellow dock can be effective because they increase oxygen utilization in the liver.

Reasons for Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are among the most uncomfortable symptoms that menopausal women complain about. 

The exact cause of hot flashes during menopause is not yet known, but it is generally accepted that the main reason is the hypothalamus (the heat regulatory area of the 

Natural Remedies and Herbs for Hot Flashes

You may find many herbs and supplements helpful for relieving hot flashes. 

Dong quai, black cohosh, blue cohosh, unicorn root, fennel, sarsaparilla, red clover, wild yam root, yam, bioflavonoids and vitamin E are the most common menopause natural remedies for relieving menopause symptoms, while dong quai, licorice root, chasteberry (vitex) and black cohosh are the most common herbs for hot flashes. 

Frequent use of red clover or oatstraw infusions will help restore vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium often lost due to hot flashes. These nutrients can also be found in food, or taken as supplements. 

Dong Quai Herbs for Hot Flashes

Dong quai has been found very helpful for menopausal problems such as regulation of hot flashes. Dong quai has been reported to help relieve mental and emotional upset that's related to menopause. 

Dong quai contains compounds that have demonstrated activities that may prove to help reduce pain, dilate blood vessels, and stimulate and relax uterine muscles. The effectiveness of dong quai in treating hot flashes may be due to stabilization of blood vessels. 

However, some clinical studies to date do not support the effectiveness of dong quai for menopausal symptoms and if you are still feel hot much of the time, dong quai may not be your friend. 

ChasteBerry and Herbs for Hot Flashes

Chaste berry (Vitex) has been found to affect pituitary function and has many uses, particularly in regulating hot flashes and dizziness. 

Women who suffer from symptoms like hot flashes, sweating, vaginal dryness or depression due to hormonal imbalances associated with menopause may benefit from chasteberry. 

Beneficial effects in menopause may be due to its role in altering LH and FSH secretion. Vitex lowers high estrogen levels and increases progesterone levels, thus keeping bones and vaginal walls strong. 

Daily use enhances progesterone and luteotropic hormone but inhibits others such as FSH and prolactin. 

Black Cohosh 

Black cohosh has been used widely in Europe for treating hot flashes and has been popular among women with menopausal symptoms in the United States. 

Recent scientific investigation has upheld the effectiveness of black cohosh as a treatment for dysmenorrhea and menopause. Clinical studies have shown extracts of black cohosh to relieve not only hot flashes but also depression and vaginal atrophy. 


Motherwort has been found to lessen the severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes, ease stressed nerves, relieve anxiety, and relieve insomnia. 

Licorice Root

Licorice root contains a saponin-like glycoside and has a steroid component that can change to the estrogen precursors estradiol and estrone. Licorice can therefore provide mild estrogenic properties. Glycyrrhizin has a regulatory action over estrogen metabolism, i.e. when estrogen levels are too high it inhibits estrogen action, and when estrogen is too low, glycyrrhizin potentiates it. This is a useful factor for many female hormonal problems, including PMS.

Licorice can be beneficial for relieving hot flashes. However, some people need to be careful. Licorice may not be good for you if you are pregnant or nursing, have high blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes, kidney or liver disease, or if you're taking hormonal therapy. Some research suggests anyone who has a cardiovascular-related disorder not consume licorice at all. 

Basil and Thyme

Essential oils basil or thyme may ease hot flashes when inhaled or used in a bath or foot rub or mixed with massage oil. 

Herbs for Hot Flashes

Other Homeopathic Remedies and Herb for Hot Flashes

You may find homeopathic remedies effective about 80 percent of the time in relieving menopausal symptoms. 

Lachesis, sepia, pulsatilla, valeriana, ferrum metallicum, sulfuricum acidum, sanguinaria, and belladonna are common natural remedies to hot flashes. 

Herbs for hot flashes work in conjunction with a healthy diet and adequate exercise. Even though herbs provide natural help with menopause, herbal remedies tend to work more slowly than other forms of menopause relief.

It is important when using herbs and vitamins to pay attention to our bodies' responses and to remember that natural doesn't mean we can take large amounts of a substance without thinking of side effects. It's best to talk to someone (doctor or health care professional) who's familiar with herbs for hot flashes treatment and also supplementing vitamins. 

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