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The part of your brain that regulates heat gets a trigger from somewhere, so your blood vessels dilate to release that heat. More blood rushes through the upper half of your body, which releases it and voila, you've just had a "hot flash". Don't be alarmed, 85 percent of women will experience them at some point. "Night Sweats" are just hot flashes when you're sleeping. If you are too young for menopause and have them, see your physician. They can be caused by many ordinary things; alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, spicy foods, fat, chocolate, climate, medication etc. But fluctuations in hormones are usually the trigger if you‘re having them consistently and taking HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is a sometimes successful but more dangerous option. (see HRT dangers http://fabulously40.com/blog/id/female-hormones-for-women-over-40-11158) Other "traditional" medical options are antidepressants and epilepsy medication while a newer option being tried is an injection of a local anesthetic into your neck!  

Many women take Black Cohosh to help with hot flashes and menopausal symptoms in general. Some succeed, others don't. Like anything taken on your own, you need to be careful about possible side effects or interactions with medications. Incorrect amounts can cause anything from indigestion and headaches to seizures and liver damage. There's bad with the good in natural or herbal remedies, just like pharmaceutical medications. The "bads" aren't typically as bad or as dangerous as medications but they're still there.

The Natural Medicine approach to hot flashes addresses the specific imbalances of female hormones found with diagnostic testing. The patient then gets specific amounts of natural, plant-based substances that turn into female hormones in the body. The Adrenal glands control up to 50 per cent of all hormones in menopausal women so that aspect of their health always needs to be checked to see how much that's affecting the hormonal imbalance. A saliva test finds the Adrenal and hormone levels to give the Physician a place to start for the amounts of treatment supplements. When adrenals are stronger, many aspects of your life can stabilize also: fatigue, weight gain/metabolism, insomnia and immune system, to name a few.

These specific Bio-Identical hormones are much safer than HRT. If the amounts of these hormones can be determined with the help of a saliva test and you address the Adrenal issue also, you may be more successful in dealing with menopausal symptoms. The treatment goal is to balance the hormones so that menopausal symptoms stop and then strengthen your adrenals enough for your body to keep things that way.
Here is a link to my website for further information on female hormone symptoms.
Please contact me with any questions you may have.  

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Here is a link to Fab 40 member, Janie Emaus's page about what practical, daily steps you can take to deal with the discomfort from hot flashes.  

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      Janie Emaus wrote Aug 6, 2009
    • Michael,  

       Thanks for all the info.  I’ve been thinking of going on bio-identical hormones for awhile now.  Then I get optimistic and think these hot flashes will stop.  But obviously my body isn’t listening to my mind.

      Janie



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      Denise Richardson wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • Thanks Doc, great info. I’m going to look into that Black Cohosh I’ve heard of it but never tried it for myself.happy



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      Mary Clark wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • I think I’ve only had one night sweat...but really no hot flashes.  But I do know that my body temperature has warmed up over the past 3-4 years.  My mother never took any hormones and functioned perfectly fine.  I’m hoping I will at least get that from her..but I pass on the alzheimers she has now.



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      UK Girl wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • I’m into a week on the Black Cohosh and also some supplements aimed at the menopause - but the night sweats are killing me for sure - I just feel so drained in the morning and the washing the bed linen and airing the bed the next day ...  

      I’m coming back as a man next time .......simple



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      Denise Richardson wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • estatic [Link Removed], coming back as a man lol. So do you see any effects from the Black Cohosh at all? I’m thinking of getting some to try as well.


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      UK Girl wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • I’ll let you know as it’s early days I think after a month it should have an effect...

      Yes I’ve often thought I’ll be a man in the next life so much easier .... and such low expectations and the world on a plate for the taking ......but then I think of all the cute things women wear can’t see my self in just brown or black shoes!



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      Denise Richardson wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • LOL, I agree! Now you know we need these lol.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • @Uk..... there are some men who prefer to dress as women. Maybe that’s the reason.....estatic

      Dr Madden is becoming less effected (I’m originally from MI) by the cold a signal that your body has begun perimenopause? I used to be the one who could sit under a heated blanket with sweats on and the heat on 74 degrees and still be cold. But in the past 2-3 yrs I am walking around in shorts and kicking off the covers at nite. Is it possible I was having hot flashes but since I was always so cold it just better than to be cold? I have been in TN now for a year and have noticed that I am a bit more regulated and consistent in my body temp.

      Thx!



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      Tammy Slater-Kendrick wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • I was one of those who didn’t have much luck with Black Cohosh (or anything else I tried). I LOVE the hormone patch my doc gave me, but understand that it has risks. The biggest is the increased risk of breast cancer. But, since there’s no history of breast cancer in my family, my risks are lower (at least that’s why my GYN tells me).

      Dr. Madden, I have a question for you. What causes the hormones levels to change in the first place? Is it just another life phase (like puberty)? Or are there specific triggers that start the process? And, do things like a poor diet, lack of exercise and too much stress make it worse? I couldn’t find any specific triggers for each individual episode, but my life was just generally pretty stressful back then.  

      Thanks for all the great info!



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      Bev Schwehr wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • Don’t envy you ladies going through the hot flashes and sweats...I have been there and done that. I was lucky with the sweats...I only had a little of that but those Hot Flashes were killers and they would come in waves...The suggested treatment at the time was hormones...did not want to do the hormone thing..I used soy products a lot at that time...not sure how much it helped or even if it did. I know that the hot flashes just one day went away.
      I think is great that you can come here and discuss these things and that there are so many things now that can help..I think it is very important to read carefully before self-treating and I think if you can do it naturally that is your best bet...Good Luck to all of you. And remember this too shall pass!!!
      Have a great day.

      Bev



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      Linni wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • thank you for the info Dr. Madden! i don’t have alot of night sweats, but the hot flashes during the day, WOW! loland ALWAYS at the wrong time! lol



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • Dear Tammy,
      What causes much of the hormone imbalance are the effects stress has on the adrenal glands. Emotional and physical stressors like relationships, money, pain, inflammation and diet all work to weaken your adrenal glands. Those glands control so much of the hormones in your life, not just estrogen and progesterone. The more stress you have and don’t handle, the more unbalanced they are. Your adrenals are weak and need to be strengthened. Your hormones are unbalanced and they need to be balanced until the adrenals get strong again. You start with a saliva test to check all those levels. You then take very specific amounts of things to strengthen the adrenals and balance the hormones. You don’t have to take HRT and if Black Cohosh doesn’t work, this is what you should do. Bio-Identicals by themselves without the adrenal work won’t usually work as well or as long-term.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • Dear Vikki,
      Women do seem to handle cooler temperatures better as they age. Some of it is the hot flashes but it is more likely the increased muscle that comes with exercise and/or the increased fatty tissue that comes with not exercising.



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      Mary Clark wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • Dr. Madden....I can promise you that the elevated temperature that I’m experiencing is not from increased muscle that comes with exercise....but definitely from the fatty tissue that comes with NOT EXERCISING...lol.

      Okay...if that is the case...I’m getting back on the wagon at the gym.  

      Vikki...I’m like you...I use to sleep under all kinds of covers...and still be cold...now...the less I have to wear ...the better off I am...but then...that would be a massive unleashing of the flesh.  Gross....estatic



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      Lindal wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • Black Cohosh was a life-saver for me!! I get it at my healthfood store, and take one a day - although I was advised by the store clerk to take it several times a day because it’s not a timed-release treatment.
      I don’t have HF anymore and my memory and plain old thinking functions improved! I highly recommend it.  

      Although, I recently saw a news story that says too much is bad for you!



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • Or you can take plant-based natural supplements that TURN into female hormones in your body. Plus when you take herbs, you really are guessing how many or how much to take. Same with most Bio-Identicals. That’s why you need the saliva test.



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      Moodydee wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • I have been having symptoms since about late 20s‘.....I noticed (now I am 41) that if I stop the sodas, stick to fruits grains, veges, and minimal meat intake....NO NIGHT SWEATS!estatic
      I also joined Curves (close to a year) now and never had a  weight problem, but my fat around my waistline....was annoying me! When I flatten my tummy....I also notice my symptoms decrease!estatic



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 7, 2009
    • Decreasing sugar and increasing exercise will ALWAYS help something in your body. Congratulations on taking charge of your health.



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