A hot flash is a feeling where the person has a sudden and intense feeling of heat on the face and also the upper body. Many times the same feeling is also felt close to the feet and the legs.
The other symptoms of hot flash are rapid heart beat, dizziness, nausea, and weakness. Also a person may feel anxious and have a feeling of suffocation. This is a common symptom experienced by menopausal women.
When the episode of hot flash is over, women perspire and experience reddening of the skin. After that it can also lead to chills. Hot flashes are mostly experienced by women because of an early menopause and in several women it might mean an onset of menopause. It occurs mainly because of hormonal changes in the woman’s body. When the estrogen levels fall in the body, it has an effect on the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the thermostat for the body and with falling estrogen level, the body's basal temperature increases leading to hot flashes. Any woman who is past the age of 35 can experience hot flashes and it may occur due to any reason. It typically occurs between 6 pm and 10 pm.
The best medication for hot flashes would be something that can cool the body instantly. There are certain Chinese herbs that claim to have a cooling effect on women experiencing hot flashes. These herbs can be consumed in the form of herbal tea, herbal drink or supplements.
The best Chinese herbs for hot flashes are Angelica sinensis and ginseng. Although ginseng is associated is more with men, women should not overlook the benefits it can provide against menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flashes.
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