If you've ever woken up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, you know what a night sweat is like. Many women are troubled by night sweats, particularly during menopause. However, there are things that you can do to alleviate them. Below is a short introduction to the most talked about natural solutions to help reduce the frequency and severity of your night sweats.
Among all of the natural herbs you can take for menopause symptoms, black cohosh is one of the most commonly recommended. Closely related to the buttercup, this herb has been known to stop hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms in some women thanks to its phytoestrogen content. Be careful when using this herb, as there have been reports it causes headaches, nausea, and even rapid growth of breast tissue.
Ginseng is another popular herbal remedy used for alleviating menopausal symptoms, especially night sweats. It's best to take this herb in small doses because it can decrease the amount of natural estrogen the body produces.
Ginseng has been shown to have side effects like insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, and headaches. You should also avoid taking it with caffeine.
Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. It may also help moderate hot flashes and night sweats. It's easy to add a tablespoon or two to your cereal, yogurt, and smoothies, or include it in baked goods. There are no known side effects from flaxseed.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is another great source of important omega-3 fatty acids. A lot of women take evening primrose in a capsule form to help manage their night sweats. While this is not effective for all women, it may be worth trying if other herbs and methods do not work for you.
Mild side effects such as upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, and headache appear occasionally. You should not take evening primrose oil if you are using blood thinners.
Vitamin E is used by the body for carrying out many important functions. The best way to get vitamin E is by eating foods such as vegetable oils and nuts. When taken for several consecutive weeks, this essential vitamin may help reduce night sweats. Consult your doctor before beginning a vitamin E regimen. Vitamin E in conjunction with certain medications can yield harmful side effects.
Always check with your physician before starting a supplement regimen to make sure it is safe for you. Read More about remedies for night sweats during menopause.
- The National Institute of Health. "Signs of the Menopausal Transition" www.nih.gov
- Boston Women's Health Collective. "Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Sleep Disturbances". Our Bodies, Ourselves, 2006.
- Von Muhlen, DG, et al. "A community-based study of menopause symptoms and estrogen replacement in older women". Maturitas. Sept 1995; 22(2):71-8.