Last Modified on Jan 11, 2016
What Are Hot Flashes?
Much like the term suggests, hot flashes can be described as a sudden felling of warmth. Generally hot flashes occur most intensely concentrated on the face, neck and chest. An individual experiencing a hot flash is likely to experience reddening of the face as well as intense sweating. Hot flashes are typically considered a symptom of menopause; however, menopause is not the only cause of hot flashes.
The frequency and intensity of hot flashes varies by individual and even by day or week, yet most women who experience hot flashes have them reoccurring for at least a year. Additional symptoms of hot flashes include a spreading warmth or heat over the upper body and face, a flushed or blushing appearance, red or blotchy skin, rapid heartbeat and perspiration over the entire body. Hot flashes often leave the affected individual feeling chilled as the hot flash wanes.
While the specific cause of hot flashes is not known, the common signs and symptoms of the condition seem to be related to the effective functioning of the body’s “temperature gauge” or the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for regulating the body’s temperature as well as monitoring several other basic metabolic processes. The reduction in estrogen many women experience as a result of menopause may cause a disruption in hypothalamic function, triggering the onset of hot flashes.
Natural Hot Flashes Treatment
While some women may never experience hot flashes, others suffer dozens of hot flashes each day. As such, an effective hot flashes treatment is important to insure overall comfort and health during an important life transition. Apple cider vinegar diluted in water or taken as capsules is one of the most effective natural remedies as it balances pH and regulates the body’s processes. Additional options include diindolylmethane or DIM, boron, sea salt bath soaks, B vitamins and blackstrap molasses. Read below for more successful hot flash remedies reported by Earth Clinic readers.
Remedies for Hot Flashes
Apple Cider Vinegar
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Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Hot Flashes
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 Teaspoons
- Water - 16 Oz
To steady your metabolism and reduce or eliminate hot flashes, mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water that youll sip throughout the day. You will be keeping your pH in a constant, alkalized state by sipping this highly diluted dosage. Usually 1 or 2 tall glasses of this tonic are all youll need each day.
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|WORKED TEMPORARILY (2)||3%|
|SIDE EFFECT (1)||2%|
[YEA] Thank God for those who posted these remedies! I couldn't sleep or function due to hot flashes. Since I've been drinking ACV with honey end of Dec 2014, flashes are mild and I've been able to sleep most of the night. Found out last week that I have calcifications in my breasts and that ACV can dissolve them. So, I'm trusting that when I go to Dr. on Wednesday the mammogram will be clear. Thank you everyone! God bless!
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[YEA] Wanted to share important info on using ACV for hot flashes, but first I want to thank earth clinic. If I hadn't discovered ACV (used it for other reasons) right around the time my hot flashes started, I'd really have suffered.
So for a couple years, as long as I took about a tablespoon (maybe a bit less - I never measured) per day, I'd have zero hot flashes. Lately, it seemed to stop working. I've had hot flashes I can only describe as debilitating - so bad I haven't wanted to leave the house.
After trying various things, I decided to increase the ACV by a lot. I must be taking about 4 tablespoons (still not measuring) either in water (always with a straw to protect my teeth) or in salad dressings that are heavy on the ACV.
This has worked. I have my life back. I've slept through the last 3 nights, which makes a HUGE difference to my quality of life.
So my advice is, pay attention to dose. Some people may need more than others, and the necessary dosage may change over time.
[YEA] OMG!!!!!!!!! After suffering from horrible night sweat and hot flashes for over seventeen years and trying hormones which cause my hair to fall out even more, out of desperation I visited the local health food store in an attempt to try something else. As I was talking to the attendant she mentioned one of her older clients who takes Apple Cider Vinegar at night with honey. I thought what the heck my only other options was jumping off a bridge to escape the insomnia from the night sweats and hot flashes continuously whole sleeping. First night I drunk four ounces because I knew with the hot flashes I had two tablespoons would not be enough. To my amazement I only had one hot flash. Next night I repeated and again only one hot flash. The next night I figured it was in my system so I went down to two ounces and to my amazement no hot flashes. This has been a miracle and a God send for me because I was feeling really hopeless. I have not had a hot flash in about five nights and my husband has been so excited because he has watched me suffer for so long. this is the first review I have ever written and I pray to God that my testimony help someone else who was at the end of there rope like me. I am just in awe after so many years of praying, it was something this simple that healed me. God bless!
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[YEA] For hot flashes, the ACV works best for me if I take 2 t. in a half glass of water. It's strong but I don't mind the taste. I then drink water after that. It is so nice not to wake up 'over hot' all the time!
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Inland Empire Ca.u.s.a.
[YEA] 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar diminished my night time hot flashes soooooo much last night. I had the ACV in water and drank down a cup and didn't have ongoing hot flashes. It was great!!! I have been drinking ACV on and off for a number of weeks but I never corrolated it with less hot flashes. Enjoy!!!
[YEA] I have been suffering from hot flashes and night sweats for almost a year. The hot flashes were so severe that I found myself avoiding situations because I might flash and sweat profusely. Also being extremely self conscious of what my body was doing felt like I was becoming introverted. The doc prescribed effexor but I was determined to find a natural alternative.
I read on your site about using the Apple Cider Vinegar. I have used it for 5 days, just generic and OMgosh..... I have gone from flashing for up to 2 minutes at a time every hour with extreme sweating and facial flushing, not being able to sleep through the night and sweating non stop to about 4 flashes a day, minimal facial flushing and sweating and night sweats? Haven't had them for 3 nights and I've slept like a baby.
Thank you so much for posting the info on ACV. I am finally starting to feel confident and comfortable again.
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Riverside Ca. U.s.
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I recently turned 45 and started having hot flashes every hour about two months ago. They were making me miserable during the day and keeping me up at night. I tried taking Estroven and it made me sooooo sick! I figured I'd look into black cohosh, etc. , but I was hoping to go with something a little simpler and with less side effects, at least for now. I considered trying ACV for other things, but I can't tolerate the taste. I ordered ACV 450 mg capsules (well-known brand, few additives). I have been taking two capsules twice a day (with food) and after about four days, I am now having 3-4 mild flashes throughout the day! I'll continue taking them and hope to also reap some of the other beniefits that ACV is known for.
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[YEA] Thanks for this fantastic site. I am 53 years old and not had flashes before till last week. Went out and bought ACV (not even organic as this is hard to get in my country) and took 2 tablespoons morning and evening in water. Flashes down to one or two mild ones per day. Unbelievable as did not see how I could bear that horrible feeling of burning And sweating throughout my body. Telling anyone who cares to listen about ACV for hot flashes.
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Dewinton, Alberta, Canada
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[YEA] I was having 10-20 hot flashes daily. Read about ACV helping. I cannot stand the taste or smell so I went to health food store and purchased the pills. It has been 3 weeks since I take 1 pill per day and I am down to maybe one flash per day that is very mild. Thank you so much for your website and advise. It has changed my life for the better.....
[YEA] Menopause came on like a hurricane 5 months ago and the hot flashes were soaking me 8-10 times a day. I tried taking 2 tbs. of ACV in the morning and 2 tbs. At night in a glass of water - after gagging it down, decided I would rather deal with the hot flashes. Skip ahead a couple of weeks of waking up 4-5 times soaked every night and realized I could not deal with them!
I resolved to try the AVC again. This time I used 1 tbs. In a small glass of orange juice in a.m. and p.m. After only 2 days I started seeing a difference. At night, I've been getting a bit overheated but just kicking the covers off for a few minutes will cool me down. I haven't had a single soaking hot flash for the past few days. It has now been 1 week and I am totally hot flash free! I will continue to take this magic drink until I'm post menopausal. Thanks for all of your information - it has truly changed my life!
[NAY] I just want to CRY - I am having hot flashes that last 2 to 10 mins every half an hour. I no longer know what sleep is. When I found this site I was so excited. I called my wonderful hubby and told him and he brought home 2 bottles of ACV - both organic, believing it would be better for me. Well, the first time I tried this I had an instant hot flash and then got the chills. I was able to sleep about 2 hours straight. So I thought - it will take time. I will stick to it. Now it's 2 weeks later and and it's as if I'm taking nothing.
I'm so desperate - I don't know what to do. ACV it's helping (with or with out the baking soda) that estroven isn't helping, evening primrose, wild yam, black cohosh, nothing so far. where do I turn. I'm now begging for help.
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Seattle, Wa - USA
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Motown, Ca/ Usa
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Modesto, Ca/ Usa
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Motown, Ca/ Usa
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Eastlake, Ohio, Usa
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[YEA] i really love this site, I was at my wits end with hot flashes, when I came across this site. I had tried everything from prescriptions to just dealing with them. I cannot take the over the counter stuff out for hot flashes because of the soy in them. I am estrogen receptive for breast cancer, so all I could really do was deal with them. When I read about apple cider vinegar helping with them I tried it and to my suprise it worked!!!! Right away. I have been on it for about 2 weeks, and they are almost down to none. The ones I do have are really light, I can handle them. And sleep at night!!!!! Yea! Thanks for this site!!! I would never had thought to try apple cider vinegar. Thank you
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Boston, Ma - Massachusetts
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Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
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Richardson, Tx, Usa
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[YEA] This site is absolutely the best! I'm in menopause and for the most part have had hot flashes under control through use of Chinese herbs and something called Phyto-B. But over the past few days they started to come back with a vengence. I checked here and discovered the ACV cure and tried it (two doses yesterday and one this morning). The flashes that were starting to keep me up all night completely disappeared and I slept really well last night. Will see if it continues, but so far so good!
Also, I do have serious issues with dental enamel, so am adding 1/4 tsp baking soda and then immediately rinsing my mouth with an extra swish of baking soda in water.
Thanks to everyone here who contributes to making this such a great site!
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Bluemont, Va. U.s.a.
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Tomkins Cove, Ny, Usa
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When I found this site yesterday I was amazed at all the testamonials, so I tried the ACV and my hot flashes are almost completely gone! Thank you all for taking the time to share this information!! Like some of you, I am concerned about the amount of acid I'm ingesting. I think I'll try some baking soda in a couple of days. I take 2 Tbsp in a glass of flavored water which isn't too bad, but I also worry about that much aspartame, so I may go back to honey or stevia.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Thank you Ladies for sharing your stories and this remedy. Last night I was out dancing with my girlfriends and this handsome Gentleman asked me to slow dance and to my horror I had the most severe hot flash in the middle of the dance. I told him I was not well and fled off the floor and headed to the patio to stand under the misters! My friends told me later that I looked as if I had been swimming when I ran off the dance floor, my face and body were shiny and my hair wet. I knew at that moment I had to find a remedy for these flashes. I ran out this evening after reading your testimonies to buy the ACV. I had to purchase the store brand and it is filtered because the health food store was closed. I love vinegar so I had no problem drinking 2 tbsp of ACV with 1/4 tsp of baking soda in a glass with 6 oz of room temp bottled water. I will let you know how it effects my HF. I am presently having them all day long, I even take fans and a wash cloth for my face to meetings, I have faith that this will work, so look forward to my next post ok? Thank you Ladies again for being so open and honest.