Waking up every night sweating is never fun. Not only are you soaked through, so is the bed. For most women, this is the most unpleasant symptom of menopause. Night sweats are caused by your body’s change in balancing hormones. There are several ways to help you feel better and treat night sweats.
Many women choose to use hormone replacement therapy to help balance the estrogen and progesterone levels. This can help both hot flashes and many more symptoms created by menopause. Now women are seeking other forms of relief with the controversy of HRT, including being linked to breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.
With so much hype about hormone therapy, many women search for natural cures. There are several types of herbs that can be used to help control the night sweats. While these are great solutions for many women, you must be careful of the side effects and warnings of when you shouldn’t use the herbs. As with any medication, check with your doctor.
Black cohosh is an herb used for hundreds of years by American Indians. It is derived from the buttercup. This herb can help relieve both hot flashes and help with depression. There are conflicting studies whether or not this herb truly works. To use this herb take 3-5 drops a day with meals. Liver damage has been reported with use of black cohosh. In addition if you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from abdominal pain you shouldn’t take this herb.
Licorice root has been traditionally used to help women by increasing progesterone. Licorice has a steroid that can help regulate a woman’s estrogen. The overuse of licorice root has been linked to high blood pressure, fatigue and headaches. If you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes or liver disease you should not take this root.
Motherwort has been shown to relieve both the night sweats along with stress and anxiety. It is a native of Europe but found in Asia and North America. It is recommended to use motherwort for three months by drinking 1-3 cups of tea a day. If you are pregnant or nursing you should not take motherwort.
Like herbal remedies, women are seeking a natural way to control night sweats. Homeopathic remedies are another way to control your hot flashes without the use of HRT. As always, check with your doctor for side effects.
Lachesis will help with both the hot flashes as well the insomnia a woman suffers from menopause. It was derived from a snake’s venom by Constantine Hering.
Calcarea Carbonica is a great way to help a woman control night sweats. It is made from the middle layer of shells and pounded into a fine powder.
Sepia is from the inky juice of cuttlefish. It will help you relieve the hot flashes, along with other menopausal symptoms.
Other helpful hints
Adding exercise and a healthy diet to your daily routine can assist controlling hot flashes. Certain things can trigger hot flashes: drinking alcohol or caffeine, hot tubs or showers, and smoking. Try taking a cool shower before bed, use cotton sheets and moisture wicking pajamas.
These are several ways you can control night sweats, you have to choose the best remedy for you.