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Hot flushes

What are hot flushes?

As a woman ages, the number of follicles in her ovaries decrease and they produce fewer hormones. Menopause occurs when the ovaries fail to produce enough hormones to stimulate the monthly growth of the endometrium, and menstrual periods stop permanently. The average age of menopause is 51 years, although this can vary widely.

Women experience a variety of symptoms due to the hormonal changes associated with menopause, including hot flushes. About 80 percent of menopausal women experience hot flushes and, as the name suggests, they can be described as a sudden feeling of warmth or heat in the body that usually begins in the head and face and then radiates down the neck to other parts of the body. They usually last only a few minutes, but in some cases, they can continue for up to half an hour.

Hot flushes may occur on their own but are often accompanied by night sweats or excessive sweating during the day. Hot flushes and sweats can also be accompanied by feelings of nausea, dizziness or a general feeling of being unwell. As hot flushes and sweating during menopause are such prominent symptoms, and frequently occur together, many women going through menopause use the terms 'hot flushes' and 'menopausal sweats' interchangeably. 

Hot flushes may occur a few times a week, or every few minutes throughout the day. They can appear several years before menopause starts and last for years afterwards. Not all woman experience hot flushes, but they are considered a normal part of menopause.
Hot flushes

What causes hot flushes?

The root cause of hot flushes is not clear. What is known is that the part of the brain that senses and controls body temperature and other body functions is the hypothalamus.

During menopause, oestrogen levels fall. Although not fully understood, scientists think that this fall in oestrogen causes a glitch in the way the hypothalamus senses body temperature, making it think that you are too hot. This causes a response designed to cool the body down. More blood goes to the skin (one of the causes of hot flushes and reddening of the skin) and sweat glands start working (the menopausal sweat).

How do you treat hot flushes?

As menopause symptoms can be so wide-ranging, the best way to prepare for them is to look at all lifestyle aspects:

  • If you smoke, reduce the number of cigarettes you have each day or even better, stop smoking. Cigarettes are associated with a higher risk of experiencing hot flushes and it has been shown that the more you smoke, the worse your flushes get.
  • Eat a well-balanced, wholesome diet and don't miss meals – low blood sugar levels can cause hot flushes.
  • Ensure that you have regular bowel movements – constipation can trigger hot flushes.
  • Drink plenty of water. This will help to hydrate you and alleviate hot flushes.
  • Take regular exercise.
  • Deal with stress. Stress causes the release of chemicals that promote hot flushes.

Other things you can do to keep hot flashes at bay include:

  • Stay cool. Keep your bedroom cool at night. Use fans during the day. Wear light layers of clothes with natural fibers such as cotton.
  • Try deep, slow abdominal breathing (six to eight breaths per minute). Practice deep breathing for 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening and at the onset of hot flushes.
  • Try chill pillows. Cooler pillows to lay your head on at night might be helpful.4

As impactful as they can be, menopausal symptoms don't have to create a disastrous time for women. If reduced hormone levels are causing unpleasant symptoms, treatments such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or even Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapies can be very effective. HRT and other types of medication can also be used to prevent health problems, for example, if a woman has a significantly increased risk of developing osteoporosis.

However, if you are not a candidate for HRT, or simply prefer a natural alternative, there are other options available in the form of herbal supplements. These can help re-balance your system and overcome estrogen dominance, which can have a negative impact on both your weight and sex drive.

Herbal supplements can help with menopausal symptoms

As an alternative to medications and hormone replacement therapies – which can have negative side effects –women are Increasingly looking to herbal health products like Herbal Ignite for Women to help treat menopausal symptoms like hot flushes.

Clinical trials, as well as many years of herbal practice, have shown the herbs in Ignite for Women support women’s reproductive health effectively. It has a number of positive health outcomes, including:

  • Helping to balance hormones.
  • Relieving hot flushes, exhaustion and headaches.
  • Reducing menopausal discomfort.
  • Improving libido and sex drive.
  • Enhancing sexual arousal and pleasure.
  • Alleviating the side effects of the contraceptive pill.
  • Improving mood and energy levels.
  • Relieving depression and anxiety

Herbal Ignite’s special formula has helped thousands of women with libido support and an improved sense of wellbeing, with minimal unwanted side effects. However, it’s important to note that herbal preparations do not work instantly, or even overnight. Like many herbal remedies, it’s ideal to continue with Ignite for Women for three months. This is to ensure the best results, even though most people notice benefits within the first couple of weeks.

How does Herbal Ignite For Women work?

Herbal Ignite for Women is an over-the-counter dietary supplement taken daily with food to support pre-menstrual tension and menopause and to restore hormone levels to a healthy balance. It also helps reduce stress levels and increase libido.

The four key herbs in Ignite for Women – Tribulus Terrestris, Damiana, Horny Goat Weed and Dong Quai – have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to rejuvenate women’s hormonal health. In the last 30 years, this traditional use has been supported by some scientific studies, but there is still a lot we don’t understand about how exactly the active ingredients in these herbs work.

  • Tribulus Terrestris is a general tonic that balances hormone levels, boosts vitality and sense of wellbeing and supports reproductive and sexual health. 
It also supports sex drive, ovulation and reproduction.
  • Damiana is known as the ‘ultimate feel good herb’ for women, because it helps balance female hormone levels, control hot flushes and is renowned for its libido enhancing qualities. It also relaxes the body, reduces stress and anxiety, lifts mood and enhances sexual response.
  • Horny Goat Weed has been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac to increase libido, improve sexual response and function and create a feeling of wellbeing during menopause.
  • Dong Quai is known as ‘the women’s herb’ or ‘female ginseng’ because it is recognised in traditional Asian medicine as an excellent all-purpose women’s herb. It helps restore hormonal balance, improve menstrual regularity and relieve PMS and hot flushes.

Menopausal symptoms like hot flushes are generally indicative of a hormonal imbalance in the system. When the hormonal system is nourished back to balanced levels, these negative symptoms disappear. For those who have noticed a decline in libido, the balancing of hormones also heralds a restoration of sexual desire and drive.

Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by women in New Zealand and Australia to boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It also balances hormones, relieves stress and fatigue and helps treat PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Herbal Ignite is manufactured in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.

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