Herbal remedies may reduce hot flashes
Soy isoflavones in foods or supplements, and some herbal remedies may help reduce menopause symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness, according to a review of 62 studies.
"Hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness are very common symptoms of menopause, affecting up to 80 percent of menopausal women," said senior author Dr. Taulant Muka of Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. "Our results simply indicate that some plant-based therapies, such as soy and red clover, can be beneficial in reducing menopausal symptoms."
According to the review of data, using phytoestrogens (LINK), such as soy or red clover, was associated with fewer hot flashes during the day and with less vaginal dryness, but did not influence night sweats. Some studies tied black cohosh therapies to a lessening of overall menopause symptoms score but not specifically to fewer hot flashes or night sweats.
Phytoestrogens like those found in soy can act like estrogen in the body, Muka said. "This may explain the aggregate beneficial effects on menopausal symptoms we found for phytoestrogens."
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