Menopause is a natural transition, however it comes with a number of symptoms, including night sweats. There are a range of natural treatments to relieve night sweats.
What Types of Natural Relief Are Available?
Natural relief from the effects night sweats can take a number of forms, from over-the-counter therapies like phytoestrogens and hormone-regulating supplements to alternative therapies such as homeopathy and aromatherapy. Herbal remedies are the most popular type of natural relief and are often used in conjunction with acupuncture and other relaxation techniques.
Relief can also be achieved by improving your diet and leading an active lifestyle. Maintaining good physical health combined with the use of natural herbs and vitamins can help. Many of these vitamins are found in common foods, and ensuring these are included in your diet may prove effective, natural relief for night sweats.
- Vitamin C. Found in broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, and tomatoes.
- Vitamin E. Found in asparagus, almonds, lamb, brown rice, and mangoes.
- Vitamin B. Found in wheat germ or can be taken in supplements.
- Fatty acids. Omega-3 and omega-6 can be found in fish oil and nuts.
How Do Herbal Supplements Work?
There are two types of herbal supplements: phytoestrogenic and hormone regulating.
Phytoestrogenic supplements, such as black cohosh, work to address the underlying hormonal imbalance causing night sweats and other menopausal symptoms by adding plant-based estrogens into the body. However, this form of relief is not without complications, and can result in the body becoming dependent on these hormones rather than producing its own.
Hormone-regulating supplements provide a natural and less risky option for relief from night sweats. These compounds nourish the body and boost its own production of hormones, re-balancing hormone levels. This, in turn, has been found to alleviate episodes of night sweats.
- The National Institute of Health.(n.d). "Signs of the Menopausal Transition".Retrieved from 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.