Bonnie - posted on 02/06/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )
I got this information from the Doctor Oz show (www.doctoroz.com). If you don't watch it, or know about it, check out his website. It is full of great medical tips for just about everything.
Complementary and alternative therapies are medical treatments that are considered non-traditional. They include dietary and herbal supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic and massage therapy, biofeedback, homeopathy, and eating certain foods that are thought to prevent disease or heal. Alternative treatments are often used alone, while complementary treatments are alternative treatments that are used in combination with traditional treatments, such as drug treatments or surgery. Women going through menopause may find relief from their symptoms from lifestyle changes. These lifestyle modifications may include avoidance of triggers such as caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, and cigarettes.
Some botanicals, such as phytoestrogens, may help relieve symptoms of hot flashes. Phytoestrogens, found in plant-based foods, are substances that are thought to have weak estrogen-like effects. They may work in the body like a weak form of estrogen. Some may lower cholesterol levels, and have been suggested to relieve hot flashes and night sweats. Examples of plant estrogens include isoflavones. Isoflavones can be found in foods such as soy products, whole grains, and beans. It is important to remember that not every woman is able to convert soy to equol (weak estrogen). Also, choose soy foods rather than supplements.