What Are The Best Remedies For Hot Flashes And Night Sweats 

 April 16, 2020

By  Dana LaVoie, LAc

What Are The Best Remedies For Hot Flashes And Night Sweats

In this video I'm going to give you four simple remedies you can use together to get relief from hot flashes naturally.

If you're in menopause you'll know what I'm talking about when I say - hot flashes and night sweats are the same thing. 

They start as night sweats and when they get worse you have them during the day as well.  When you treat them the hot flashes get better first - then eventually the night sweats will improve as well.  So when I say "hot flashes" I really mean both.

Remedy #1 Chinese Herbs For Menopause



This study showed that when compared to menopausal hormone therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine had similar effects to menopausal hormone therapy in its effectiveness in decreasing hot flashes. 

Or as one of my students said recently, "I've been on the herbs for a month and my hot flashes are gone."

And I hear this same thing over, and over, and over.

But here's the key

To take your results from so-so, pretty good, or worked for a while but then the hot flashes came back to...

Worked like a charm on my hot flashes and night sweats, and every time they try to come back I know I can turn to herbs and get relief again...

The difference is - the herbs have to be customized for you.

The herbs that work best for one woman are different than the herbs that work best for another woman.  And the herbs that work best for night sweats during PMS in a 38 year old women in peri-menopause are different than the herbs that work best for a 55 year old woman with full on hot flashes all day and multiple night sweats every night.

To learn more about how to get customized herbs - grab my free download and join me the next time I teach my hour-long, free online masterclass on Chinese herbs for menopause ( I just cant fit it all in here.)

Remedy #2 Diet For Hot Flashes and Night Sweats



My second remedy of choice for hot flashes and night sweats is diet. Here's why.

Sugar, meat, animal foods, alcohol, caffeine, spicy food, processed foods, and grains are foods that create heat and acidity in the body.

Vegetables and fruits are foods that create alkalinity and a cool, alkaline state in the body.

If you eat too big a percentage of foods that create heat - it's hard to get rid of hot flashes. 

So increase vegetables and fruits so they make up a larger percentage of your diet.

This can help tip your body over into a cool, alkaline, anti-inflammatory state which can both help reduce hot flashes and night sweats and help your other remedies like herbs to work better.

One of my favorite ways to get in multiple servings a day of vegetables is to put them in a smoothie.

Grab my veggie-rich, hormone-balancing smoothie recipe below.

Then reduce alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and spicy foods for even more benefit. 

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Remedy #3 Vitamin D For Hot Flashes & Night Sweats


Vitamin D

sunshine and vitamin D

Why is Vitamin D so important?  It's also a hormone!

Remedy # 3 is - Make sure your Vitamin D level is high enough. 

If you live far enough from the equator (north of the Mason-Dixon line or about the 39th-40th parallel) you probably will benefit from taking Vitamin D during the winter months when the sun is too low in the sky to trigger your body to make Vitamin D even on a sunny day.  So you're not getting Vitamin D from the sun. 

Why is Vitamin D important?

It's a Vitamin that is also a hormone - and if it's too low your other hormones will have a harder time finding balance.

Having enough Vitamin D may also be helpful for your immune system, bone health, and mood.

Check out this blog post for more information in Vitamin D and menopause, how to check your Vitamin D level at home, and how to supplement with Vitamin D.

Remedy #4 Reduce Stress For Relief From Hot Flashes & Night Sweats



meditation for hot flashes

Remedy #4is - reduce stress.  Here's why. 

Unfortunately this is not a pill or a quick fix - I know!  But it really will help, and it's easier than you might think.

Yoga, deep breathing, or guided meditation - even just 2 - 5 minutes a day  of just listening to a guided meditation can help regulate stress hormone levels throughout your whole body.

For an easy way to get started - just sit in a comfortable spot and listen to the short guided meditation in this blog.

Some studies show that deep breathing and relaxation exercises may reduce hot flashes by up to 50%! 

What I find is that in some women stress is a bigger cause of hot flashes than in other women. So those women will get that 50% while others will get more moderate relief - but it's well worth it in all cases because of all the other benefits of a relaxation practice.

Let's Sum It Up

So to sum up, My top 4 remedies for hot flashes and night sweats are:

  1. Customized Chinese herbs
  2. A cooling diet
  3. Having enough Vitamin D in your system
  4. And practicing some type of stress management.

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Dana LaVoie, LAc

Hi, I'm Dana, an Acupuncturist & Herbalist with over 15 years' experience specializing in women's health. I'm here to show you how to use customized Chinese Herbs supported by the best diet and lifestyle for your hormones to feel amazing during & after menopause.

Dana Lavoie, LAc

  • I have been suffering from hot flushes day and night for over 18 years. Will I ever get rid of them ? I already eat fruit and veg every day and take vitamin D, I’m not stressed and I still get them. I have tried numerous different antidepressants and HRT. None of them worked. I am now taking Sage and although my flushes have reduced in numbers and I can finally get some sleep they are still problematic.

    • Hi Janice – I LOVE this question! I love women working with women on this issue. if there’s any way you can catch my free Masterclass on herbs before it goes offline for a few months – Id love to address this more with you there – id be able to fully explain it. I’ve worked with many women with this issue with great results. You can save a seat at Save your seat herehttp://www.danalavoielac.com/masterclass to save your seat (it’s totally free) and if you miss it – basically – when your hormones stabilize post menopause – if one is slightly too low or – MORE OFTEN – they stabilize slightly out of balance with each other – in chinese medicine your balance of yin and yang is slightly off and now its stuck… I find herbs are fantastic for helping your body tweak these levels to get relief! I’d love to work with you on this, because these are SO frustrating! Plus the fact that you’re eating right means the herbs will work so much more easily. You might also enjoy this article Check out this blog on caring for your hormones after menopause

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