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devangana
27-08-2008, 12:44
i had frequent hot flushes day and night, (i am 43 yrs old)...my activities are limitted due to these occurances. its so uncomfortable and it really brings me down...i dont want to see a doctor...could any crystals help me? please i need your expertise on these or do i need to drink something to alleviate my situation? what are do's and dont's for hot flushes? help anyone please..i cant just sit or sleep around...i am a mom of four kids and i need to attend to everything..

morticia monroe
27-08-2008, 13:09
I'll be watching this thread as well,, I'm not having them often yet, but when I do, they are humdingers. I was in the grocery store last week in a thin brown cotton blouse when one washed over me,,,I broke out in a sheen of perspiration and when I looked down, my shirt was just about wringing and had changed color where it clung to my body...I had to leave my shopping basket and go home to change.

Feretian
27-08-2008, 13:37
This is going to be a very long thread.

They are terrible. Mine have evened out, but it took a while...and my mum still has the occasional one- she's 76!

Drink lots of water and wear sunscreen. Not necessarily a cure, but not bad advice.

Crystals are wonderful for some things. Hot flashes aren't one of them.

And try to avoid hormone replacement. Try this link:

http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/menopausal/facing/hot_flashes.jsp

:love:

Joermit
27-08-2008, 14:02
if you would like to try a stone... I'd suggest hematite... it has a very cooling affect to me.... good luck!

Joey

Nevada
27-08-2008, 14:36
I don't know of any crystal to help, so I'll leave that to others. But I've found that eating oatmeal every day does help. (I found the information about oatmeal on this site: http://www.susunweed.com/susunweedarticles.htm#an4 ) She also mentions other herbs.

Also, I don't know if you drink milk, or how the milk is in the Philippines, but here in the US a lot of it is from cows fed extra hormones -- to make them produce more. I try to only buy brands of milk that say they don't use them, because I noticed that after drinking certain brands of milk my hot flashes were worse. Just a guess, but I decided it might be the added hormones. I took hormone replacement for a while, early on, but then my doctor didn't want me to continue, and now I think it just delayed the inevitable anyway. My guess is that the body needs to re-balance its hormone levels and it's better left alone to do that rather than adding some every day, or now and then, and just confusing things. (Just my lay person's guess, not a medical opinion.)

When I was about to start menopause, and just after, my hot flushes were the worst -- night sweats too. Over time, they faded, and now I just get them every so often -- once or twice a day at most, and they're not nearly as long lasting or severe. But the first two or three years they were something else! I finally told the people around me if they didn't like the house cool they could put on a sweater. I was going to do my best to be comfortable. I still don't wear long sleeves much even in winter. Our winters are mild, but I've learned that one can actually feel cold (from the weather) and hot (from a hot flash) at the same time, or in such rapid alternation that it seems that way.

Find yourself a pretty folding fan like the Victorian ladies used to use, or something like that, and keep it with you. I have a Japanese one I bought when I was a teenager. Never thought I'd use it, back then, but I keep it on my night table for watching TV or reading in bed. Elsewhere I tend to collect pieces of thin cardboard to use as fans when I need them. They help!

I hope you're able to find some relief soon. I know it can be unbearable.

The oatmeal really does help me. I notice a difference if I miss a day or two of my oats for breakfast.

Nevada

devangana
27-08-2008, 19:48
i thought i was the only one feeling like this...i thought i was gonna die..though i heard about this PMS yet i didnt expect something like this. i wanted to go back to yoga but i dont have the strength to get up...at times my head feel so heavy that i just have to close my eyes. thank you all for your comments...i will always check this thread for more advices...

Ange
27-08-2008, 21:41
Another thing that will create hot flushes is an under active thyroid. The thyroid controls everything in the body, so if you are having hot flushes, put on wiehgt, and have memory probs and no energy, then get the thyroid tested by your GP....a simple blood test.

Ang x

WolfSpirit
27-08-2008, 22:10
Also, I don't know if you drink milk, or how the milk is in the Philippines, but here in the US a lot of it is from cows fed extra hormones -- to make them produce more. I try to only buy brands of milk that say they don't use them, because I noticed that after drinking certain brands of milk my hot flashes were worse.

Even better: use soy milk.
Soy contains isoflavones, and the chemical structure of isoflavone is similar to that of oestrogen (sp ?). So extra soy is good when the production of oestrogen diminishes. Isoflavones are also believed to diminish the chance of osteoporosis and cancer, but try to find a brand of soy that uses beans that have not been genetically modified. I am not fond of the taste of soy but I found a soy milk that also contains fruit juice and this combination is very
tasty.

As for herbal remedies, I know there is one by Dr. Vogel that is based on salvia officinalis (sage), but there are more.
If you go to a health store that is specialised in herbal remedies, I am sure they can show you what options of herbs there are for you.

Horace
28-08-2008, 00:42
Hi devangana..

I found, after many tries, that black cohosh and chasteberry tea whenever I thought about it, helped within a very short time. But then I got lazy and found the tinctures at my health food store. So drops in water were easier than brewing tea all the time.
and I'm in Nevada's camp. I still eat hot oats at least 5 days a week. I buy finely ground and cook it thin enough to drink in a mug if I'm not interested in breakfast. NO sugar. soy milk if any. I also added a vitamin E tablet once a day.
and anti-perspirant, a necessary evil, on my chest and torso.
Eat lots of sweet potates and yams.

What helps the most... look around and you'll see women sympathyzing everywhere! Good Luck. :) Hh

gregory
28-08-2008, 00:59
Sage and black cohosh.

Also (sorry) exercise :(

Feretian
28-08-2008, 01:11
i wanted to go back to yoga but i dont have the strength to get up...at times my head feel so heavy that i just have to close my eyes.
Devangana, it sounds like you have more happening than just the flushes. The beginning of menopause can be very uncomfortable, and with terrible mood swings. But excessive tiredness and fatigue can be symptoms of another problem. Find a doctor or nurse just to ask some questions at least.

Poor Devangana! I will keep you in my thoughts right across the world. :love:

franniee
28-08-2008, 01:46
I don't get them as you have posted - yet - but since other things have been bothering me I have been taking this supplement called estrotone - by new chapter - it has evening primrose oil, schizandra, ginger, black cohosh, chaste tree and rosemary - in addition I take extra evening primrose oil capsules.... and I drink green tea with ginger. This really works!

As far as crystals go - carnelian is supposed to be very good with menstrual cycles. But I am not an expert. :)

I wish you cool breezes.

Apollonia
28-08-2008, 02:31
I know from personal experience that going through this is no picnic. Susun Weed's excellent book New Menopausal Years, The Wise Woman Way: Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90 helped me immeasureably with all of the weird symptoms of pre- and perimenopause. Thinking back, I had extreme skin itchiness, strange changes in the way I perceived the taste of foods, dizziness, mood swings, that awful feeling like bugs are crawling under your skin, night sweats, and hot flashes, just to name a few off the top of my head. It got to the point where I told my husband that if I woke up and found my left leg on backwards, I would probably be able to go to this book and see that yes, that's one of the symptoms of menopause.

Pearls can be helpful--I even wore mine to bed when the night sweats got particularly bad. But the best thing I found for hot flashes during the day was to never, ever, drink any iced beverages, or eat ice cream, popsicles, etc. Room temperature or hot drinks are fine.

Soy is a controversial topic among nutritionists and health experts. I know that some say it is wonderful, some say it won't harm you, and some say it's downright hazardous to your health, so I would definitely recommend some reading up on its benefits and possible drawbacks before putting a lot of it into my diet. My nutrionist is one of those who recommends saying away from it, so I don't have a lot of it in my diet.

Good luck--speaking from the other side, it's wonderful over here with no periods, no mood swings, and very few hot flashes!

WolfSpirit
28-08-2008, 03:00
Soy is a controversial topic among nutritionists and health experts. I know that some say it is wonderful, some say it won't harm you, and some say it's downright hazardous to your health, so I would definitely recommend some reading up on its benefits and possible drawbacks before putting a lot of it into my diet. My nutrionist is one of those who recommends saying away from it, so I don't have a lot of it in my diet.


Yes I know but I think there is nowadays not one nutrient that is thought wonderful by everyone ;)
I have to be careful with dairy products and my body reacts very well to soy so I'm staying with soy. We all have different bodies and what works well for one person may not work for another. Sometimes you just have to go with what your gut tells you - litterally.

Hathor
28-08-2008, 04:19
Devangana, I'm in the same boat along with the rest of you ! I have been chewing Soy Protein Tablets and find that they have helped me tremendously. It seems that Soy is highly recommended for hot flashes. Hang in there girl !

Puritan's Pride
Chewable Soy Protein Tablets

Or you can also get the liquid or powder form.

nanab
28-08-2008, 05:34
Here are a couple of natural things I use. Crushed dandelion with star anise-brew like tea. Then there is a "monthly mystery tea with:motherwort, jasmine,red raspberry leaves, lady's mantle araica & Hyssop."

Then I found this spray at a Mind, Body, Spirit festival and I got the spray. A couple of sprays during a hot flash will lessen the intensity. Made from: purified water, didodium EDTA,polysorbate-20, DMDM, hydantoin, Essential oils of Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint & Sandlewood, benzophenone-4
Do not spray on face but on front and back of neck. You can check it out at www.naturaloptions.us

Hope these help.

Nevada
28-08-2008, 05:47
Soy is a controversial topic among nutritionists and health experts. I know that some say it is wonderful, some say it won't harm you, and some say it's downright hazardous to your health, so I would definitely recommend some reading up on its benefits and possible drawbacks before putting a lot of it into my diet. My nutrionist is one of those who recommends saying away from it, so I don't have a lot of it in my diet.I avoid soy, too, but then I'm basing my aversion on the taste. I just could never get around it, and decided maybe my body's telling me don't eat soy, so now I avoid even the tasteless versions like tofu and soy milk. But for someone who likes milk and is lactose intolerant, or for whom soy is helping in some way, they have to make their own choice.

When you're in the midst of a serious hot flash, you just want to do what works! Whatever that may be.

Dairy products have, according to some studies, been linked to ovarian cancer, so who knows? Maybe we should all avoid it, though I wish the studies could differentiate between organic and non-organic milk, because I wonder if it's the hormone additives that are linking it to cancer. In any case, I love milk, always have. So I just try to avoid the additives (and some of the fat) if I can.

Nevada

Apollonia
28-08-2008, 07:59
Yes I know but I think there is nowadays not one nutrient that is thought wonderful by everyone ;)
I have to be careful with dairy products and my body reacts very well to soy so I'm staying with soy. We all have different bodies and what works well for one person may not work for another. Sometimes you just have to go with what your gut tells you - litterally.

Yup, I agree--plus there are those times when they come out with the news that something they were telling us all to eat last year now is totally out of favor because of some new study or other. Listening to your body is so often your best bet.

devangana
28-08-2008, 13:03
wow! so much information...thank you thank you thank you for your concern and advices. its not only me who will benefit from this forum, im sure a lot will learn from this too...just reading your comments and suggestions already makes me feel better and lifted up my spirits. i hope everything will be ok...

devangana
29-08-2008, 21:56
dear friends...up to now i've been trying to search the reason of my unexplained illness...i just wanted to share this info. two months ago i've been trying to awaken my third eye, and i've been using stones to enhance my kundalini energy. i've come across this site regarding this issue:

The Kundalini Energy is the basic evolutionary force in every individual. It’s purpose is to drive us to reach for enlightenment. This energy lays coiled at the base of the spine until released, where the natural flow is then up the spine and out the top of the head, cleaning and refining the cells in the body as it goes and removing any energy blocks in its way. We all have a certain amount of this energy available to us at birth and throughout our life, but laying dormant, awaiting its release, is an abundance which we are able to consciously activate if desired, speeding up our evolution. A number of layers of the Kundalini energy are naturally released throughout a person’s lifetime, depending on the readiness and personal growth of the individual. This release happens without our knowledge, bringing us new spiritual awareness, psychic abilities, blissfull states and a general feeling of enlightenment.

Energy blocks throughout the body are caused by old emotional issues, stubborn attitudes and un-forgiveness, negative life experiences and poor posture. These energy blocks have a major influence on incorrect flow of this energy force. When the flow of Kundalini is blocked in its upward journey from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, it automatically restarts the upward motion, this time concentrating on the blocked areas as it goes. This process can cause physical and emotional problems and can take years to complete. For people who are unaware of this evolutionary force, the side effects of the Kundalini Energy can be mistaken for other physical problems.

The Kundalini cleansing can cause symptoms such as unexplained flu-like illnesses, chills or hot flushes mistaken for menopause, erratic behaviour, excessive mood swings, distortion or loss of memory, extremes in appearance – looking young one day and old the next, visual effects such as seeing lights or colours, geometric shapes or scenes from past lives or the future. It can create a feeling of losing control and with that feeling, the difficulty coping with everyday life. These overwhelming side effects of the Kundalini cleansing process can leave the individual confused and unsure of what it is they are wanting out of life, creating many marriage problems and being the catalyst to many a mid life crisis.

Involuntary release (where a person is not consciously trying to activate more Kundalini) can be caused by a variety of things such as a severe blow or injury to the tailbone, drug use, overwork, excessive fear, trauma, grief, excessive sex and even excessive meditation.

Voluntary release of more Kundalini energy can be achieved by a variety of visualisation, meditative and physical exercises.

To aid the Kundalini in it’s role of cleansing and refining the cells of the body and for our own comfort throughout this process, it is suggested that we do all we can in providing a clear path for the energy in it’s journey from the base of the spine upward and out the crown of the head. There are several things we can do to help with this process such as, clearing our chakras regularly of energy blocks via visualisation techniques, taking notice of and dealing with thoughts and feelings rather than continually blocking them out re-creating energy blocks, spend time in nature and take up a creative hobby. Nurture your body with nutritious foods free of preservatives and chemical additives and regular exercise during Kundalini cleansing is extremely important. Gain knowledge regarding this process so that you are aware of what is happening to your body and mind, know that this is an evolutionary process and enjoy the journey that is taking you one step closer to enlightenment.


Recommended reading on this subject is:
‘Evolution in this Lifetime’ by Genevieve Lewis Paulson

"somehow i havent gone to any doctor yet...i might look into consideration regarding this piece of information. what i did is i am careful now with the food and drinks intake, i started to eat oatmeal for breakfast, lots of vege, i tried a few posture of my yoga routine...went outdoors...and i start to feel better than yesterday. though my head still feel heavy but i started to feel hope and enlightenment in my heart."
lotta love,
deva

devangana
01-09-2008, 14:03
hi everyone...the sun does shine today:) i am feeling a lot better now...though i am still observing today if i still have that hot flush syndrome. well i just want to let you know that for three days now i've been sticking to my new diet regime, definitely no coffee for caffeine ( though i bought decaf but never use it), oatmeal for breakfast sometimes for dinner too, no meat, just fish and vegestables, green tea, and high dosage of vitamin c (2,000-3,000 mg ascorbic acid as sodium ascorbate). and please congratulate me...today i just finish my yoga routine for about an hour. i am sharing this great news to you because some may benefit from this too, five days ago was really like i was in my death bed. (my worst feeling ever)..and i really fought for my health back because i love my family and i still want to be with them and share more happy moments together:) anyways, i will still keep you update for my hot flush treatment. thanks again for your immediate reply it was really some awakening for me. Bless All.