Hot flashes are an uncomfortable symptom of menopause that the most women go through. Though each woman will experience them different, the sensations are roughly the same. The heartbeat will quicken, the face will redden, and body temperature will go way up.
The symptoms can sometimes be so intense that it can bring on feelings of panic and dizziness. To avoid the building up to that point, it is extremely helpful to be aware of the natural and safe solutions that are readily available to you.
Anxiety can double the severity of hot flash symptoms. When you are stressed, it also causes your body to react with increased heart rate and shallow breathing.
Kava is a Pacific Island root that is extremely effective for relaxing the body and mind. It is thought to interact with gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain, which induces deep relaxation.
It has even been found to reduce heart palpitations, dizziness, and chest pain. If you are worried about your next attack, have a cup of this.
This is another deeply relaxing herb for the body, studies have found it to be as effective as prescriptions to ease anxiety. It will greatly reduce high blood pressure, burning, and heart issues related to hot flashes.
This herb has been used since Native American times for gynecological disorders. During menopause, your estrogen levels are plummeting, which is a root reason for hot flashes. This herb contains phytoestrogenic compounds that work in the body like estrogen and can balance your body temperature.
Studies have actually found it to be more effective in relieving hot flash symptoms than hormone therapy.
To elaborate, when your sex hormone levels drop, it alerts the hypothalamus in the brain. As a result, adrenaline is released which causes the feelings associated with your hot flashes.
Dong quai, also contains phytoestrogenic, those compounds gets to the root of the problem by restoring estrogen levels, relieving tension, and controlling your heart rate.
Do not underestimate nice, long breaths. This brings oxygen through your blood stream and cools you down. When you do not know how to find calm during a flash, they will become a lot worse.
Every day practice 15 minutes of deep breathing. Take about 6 inhales and exhales a minute deep into your belly. You will find your coping abilities to have improved, and the frequency of your attacks to have gone down.
Do not let hot flashes take over your life. There are many things you can do to relieve the heat and find more stability in your life. When you let them run their course without a safe and natural treatment, they can start to interfere with your productivity and even your happiness. These herbal treatments are easily available in supplemental or tea form at specialty stores and online.
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