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I am looking for something to relieve hot flashes.

Q. Dear Terry, “I am looking for something to relieve hot flashes. They just started to get bad and I can’t handle them. They are horrible, interfere with my sleep, and I do not feel like myself. I am either too hot or too cold all the time. What do you recommend for this?” — Denise H., Menominee, MI

A. Dear Denise, There are times when it can feel like menopause is a force that has hijacked your life. This inevitable transition can bring a host of symptoms, like hot flashes, that need to be addressed in order to live a healthy and vibrant life.

Many women facing menopause often worry that there’s no relief other than risky hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or simply suffering through life-disrupting symptoms. Fortunately, there’s a much better, natural way to address menopause.

Black cohosh has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries. In the past 50 years, black cohosh has been the focus of clinical research on menopause relief. Black cohosh has been scientifically proven to relieve hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and other troubling menopause symptoms.

The effectiveness of black cohosh comes down to many things, and foremost among them are concentration, standardizations, and dosage levels. I’ve heard from many women that they tried black cohosh and either it didn’t work, or it stopped working after a short period of time. I believe this is because they were not using the correct amount or standardization of black cohosh.

Many black cohosh products on the market today are using hundreds of milligrams, but it appears that black cohosh may actually provide less benefits as you increase the dosage. That’s because the herb works on a bell curve. Once you pass the peak of that curve, it’s just not effective anymore.

In fact, clinical studies have found that the best dose of black cohosh is much less than you may expect – 13 mg daily. I recommend taking 13 mg of a black cohosh that is standardized to the beneficial compounds, triterpene glycosides. Be sure to use it consistently each day for best results and please be patient, as it may take up to three months to fully regulate your hormones.  

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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