Advice on calming hot flushes by Dr Sarah Jarvis

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Article in Good Housekeeping by resident GP, Dr Sarah Jarvis

Forget opening windows, stripping off or mumbling: ‘Is it me or is it hot in here? When it comes to hot flushes, key lifestyle and diet changes can help you stay cool.

1. Regular exercise can help – but not all types. High-impact exercise may make matters worse. Aim for regular aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling or swimming.

2. Increasing the amount of soya-containing foods you eat may reduce the number and severity of hot flushes. It’s not hard to get 30-40g a day from soya meat substitutes, tofu, soya milk or soya beans.

3. Up to about 450mg of caffeine a day is perfectly safe for most people (there’s about 50mg in a cup of tea and 75mg in a cup of instant coffee). But some women are sensitive to caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods – so try cutting them out for a while.

4. Herbal remedies work for some women – try a licensed product like MenoHerb or red clover isoflavone.

5. A major recent study suggests HRT may not increase the risk of breast cancer if taken around the menopause. Don’t dismiss it as an option if your flushes are disrupting your life.

Treat those symptoms with natural herbs!
Schwabe Pharma has a range of herbal products that help to relieve menopausal symptoms.

MenoHerb, containing Black Cohosh, is used for the relief of symtoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and temporary changes in mood (such as nervous irritability and restlessness. Visit for more information and special prices.

MenoMood, combines Black Cohosh with St John’s Wort and is suitable for those with more severe mood swings and bouts of low mood. Visit for more information and special price.

MenoSage is a herbal food supplement containing Sage Leaf and has been shown to be effective in reducing the severity of hot flushes and excessive sweating. MenoSage can be taken in combination with either MenoHerb or MenoMood. For more information visit

Always read the label.

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