Flashes, Chaste Tree and pills
I've just read the latest newsletter and your article on
phystoestrogens. I am now worried about the Vitex/chaste Tree
that has definitely helped reduce (but not eliminate) my hot
flashes. I'm 55 and have been 'pausing now for almost 5 years,
and have not had a period in over 2 years.
I did reduce my dose (from 50 mg to 30 mg twice a day) a
few weeks ago, and as a result saw one tiny spurt of bleeding
three days ago, which I assume is from that
reduction. No real period, just one little show. I'm certain
that was the cause, because a few years ago I took phytoestrogen
pills, which stopped my hot flashes, cold, but
as soon as I reduced that dose, I had an extremely painful
period, so I stopped it altogether.
I have endometriosis, and do NOT want to start things up
again! But I would like to have help with the 'flashes. I
do exercise regularly (tae-bo), and try to eat as healthy
as possible (lots of dark green salads and vegetables, very
little meat, plain oatmeal with fruit or yogurt for breakfast).
I also supplement with hydroxyapatite, vit. B,
vit. C, omega complex, glucosamine/chondroitin, and the Natrol
"my favorite" multivitamin.
I also know that I am EXTREMELY sensitive to anything I take,
so I always start with a half dose. That's why I was so interested
in the Vitex, because it seems to gently
nudge the pituitary into normalizing things.
Any advice would be welcome!
Susun's Response: Hot flashes are Healthy
Normal is a hard word to use when it comes to menopause. Hot
flashes are normal. I know they are bothersome, but they are
normal. Hot flashes are kundalini (see page 96) and help us
be healthy. Getting rid of them is not a good idea. But you
could try any of the fifty or so remedies I have in my book
besides chasteberry. How about motherwort?
I am very surprised that someone who says she is very sensitive
is drugging herself with synthetic supplements. I am against
them. There are many reasons. For instance, research found
that people who take 500 mg of vitamin C a day have blood
vessels that are prematurely aged, sometimes looking four
times older than they actually are. Also, ascorbic acid (that
is what is in the bottle that says vitamin C, not real vitamin
C, but ascorbic acid, which is only one of the two dozen factors
that act together in the body as vitamin C) is a favorite
food for cancer cells. The hottest new way to kill cancer
is to join a lethal form of zinc to ascorbic acid; the cancer
eats the ascorbic acid and is killed by the special zinc.
Why risk your health when this vitamin is one of the easiest
to get from food?
I could go on and on. There are so many studies showing negative
effects from supplements and few showing any benefit at all.
If your favorite multi contains beta carotene you should know
that it is implicated in heart attacks and cancer formation,
if it contains vitamin A, be aware that it can cause liver
damage. All in all, there is no good reason to waste money
on supplements when better health can be found by buying better
B vitamin pills are quite destructive as they kill the ability
of the intestines to make B vitamins and usually contain only
a few of the 17 or so known factors of vitamin B. Thus the
supplements actually make you deficient in many B vitamin
components. Do you have joint pain? That is the only reason
I know to take glucosamine; the chondroitin has no effect
so far as science is concerned.
Instead, drink nourishing herbal infusions. Two cups of nettle
infusion has all the vitamins and minerals you need for a
day. And, it's in their natural, effective, complex forms;
not synthetic and broken up like in pills. To make an infusion
of nettle, place one ounce of dried herb in a quart jar. Fill
to the top with boiling water; cap tightly and let steep for
4-8 hours. strain and drink.
Try this. Buy two house plants. When you water them, water
one with nettle infusion. Water the other with water which
contains one of every supplement pill you take (or just push
them into the soil). The plant given nettle will thrive. The
one given pills soon dies. Seems clear to me what is healthy
and what is a drug. But, advertising and fear make most people
believe they have to take pills/drugs. Not true.
Hope this helps you see a new way to take care of yourself.
Be gentle while you are changing. Go slow. Let yourself come
off your drugs slowly. A new world of vibrant health awaits
Warmest regards, Susun Weed
flashes, Warm Bottles
Question: I have been an avid reader of "Menopausal Years"
for years and consider it to be the absolute most helpful
book on my shelf. I am writing to see if you would be interested
in receiving a copy of my new book "Hot Flashes, Warm
Bottles: First-Time Mothers Over Forty" published by
Celestial Arts/ Ten Speed Press.
As you probably know, older first-time moms are a huge and
growing segment of our population. The book covers broad topics
breastfeeding while entering perimenopause;
potential conflicts for the older mom who may have spent decades
cultivating her career and now has to choose between continuing
to work or staying at home;
navigating the minefields of a youth-worshipping culture that
may mistake her for her child's grandmother;
surviving infertility treatments;
international adoptions, and caring for elderly parents with
young children at home...
the "Sandwich Generation" dilemma.
As a licensed therapist who runs support groups for older
moms, I've included the stories of hundreds of first-time
mothers over forty from around the country, as well as practical,
and spiritual advice for nurturing oneself while raising young
children as mature women. I've
even included interviews with the children of older moms,
and their point of view is candid, to say the least.
I think it is safe to say that many of your web site readers
are older first-time mothers who would take great comfort
in knowing that there is a book that addresses the challenges
and joys unique to their experience. If you are interested
in receiving a copy of the book for review on your site, please
let me know to whom and to what address to send it.
Response: check out Nancy London's newest book
When an author whose work I respect says she has written a
new book, I am always eager to read it. Nancy London's newest
more than met my expectations. Hot Flashes Warm Bottles is
thorough, fun, and useful. Written from the heart of a mother,
this book offers superb emotional help and support for the
growing throng of first-time moms over forty. A perfect companion
to my chapter Fertility After Forty in New Menopausal Years
the Wise Woman Way! Let Nancy London introduce you to the
many midlife mothers (and their children) she has listened
to. You will cry and laugh out loud. And you may even find
yourself wondering if a late-in-life child may not be in your
Really enjoyed reading Hot flashes warm bottles. It is a
rare and exquisite work.
You are welcome to use any of the words in this letter or
the blurb above to help promote and publicize your book. Thank
you for all the health help you have offered so many women
for so many decades. Wishing you the joy of spring, the warmth
of summer, and lots of green blessings.
back to LIST
Remedy for Hot flashes?
Can you please send me some information on this subject?
to use, plus any other helpful info. Enjoyed you on WBZ Jordan
Thank you, Susan
Response: here are some remedies
From page 86 in New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way: homeopathic
remedies for women with hot flashes include belladonna, ferrum
metallicum, pulsatilla, sanguinaria, sepia, and valeriana.
Each remedy has specific indications. You need to know more
before using any of these remedies.
Green Blessings, Susun Weed
to control Hot flashes?
I hope it is ok to ask you a question? I had a hysterectomy
and can't and
don't want to take hormone replacements. I am taking black cohosh,
cream with progesterone; drink oatstraw and nettle tea daily
but I still
have incredible hot flashes; what would you suggest?
Thanks for your consideration in advance.
Bright Blessings, Billie
Susun's Response: don't take black cohosh
and wild yam
The healthier the woman, the more hot flashes she will have.
However, you may be making yours worse by your choice of herbs.
I would discontinue the black cohosh and wild yam immediately;
they are loaded with hormones that worsen hot flashes!!
Instead, try drinking your nettle (and the oatstraw on a different
day) as an infusion. To make it, put one ounce of dried herb
into a quart jar and fill to the top with boiling water. Cap
and let steep for 4-8 hours.
Progesterone creams and wild yam creams are completely ineffective
and may even increase the likelihood of osteoporosis. Read
more about the problems with these things in New Menopausal
Years, available next month in stores,
or preorder from
My daughter Justine copied a bunch of information on hot flashes
from the book for you. We will send it to you in another e-mail.
Response:Re: hot flashes-2
Susun has almost 30 pages on hot flashes in her NEW Menopausal
Years...She says they are synonymous with Menopause...
She says these are some things that trigger hot flashes
page 61Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way
Spicy food (cayenne, ginger, pepper)
Acidic Food (pickles, citrus, tomatoes)
Caffeine (coffee, black tea, colas)
Alcoholic drinks, including wine and beer
Hydrogenated fats or saturated fats (meat, margarine)
Hot tubs and Saunas
Tobacco or marijuana
Intense exercise, especially lovemaking
Anger, especially if you can't express it
If you want to use herbs:
page 59 Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way
NOURISH AND TONIFY
* Hot flashes deplete vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium, and
Frequent use of red clover or oatstraw infusions will replace
* Exercise directly decreases hot flashes by decreasing the
circulating LH and FSH, by nourishing and tonifying the hypothalamus,
and by raising endorphin levels (which plummet with hot flashing).
little as 20 minutes three times a week can reduce flashes
"It is now four years since menstruation stopped; the
flashes are getting lighter,
coming less often."
* Herbal remedies for women with hot flashes include plants
the system, such as chickweed, elder, and violet; plants that
the liver, such as dandelion and yellow dock; and plants rich
terols, such as black cohosh. Choose one from each group and
your own special blend for your menopausal journey (see boxes
63, 64, 65).
SEDATE / STIMULATE
* Indulge yourself with a beautiful hand fan (if it's old,
the last menopausal woman who cooled herself with it) or try
purse-sized battery-run breeze-maker .
* Cologne, which is mostly alcohol, and therefore highly evaporative,
can help you get cool, cool, cool. Pour some on a hankie;
tightly in a plastic bag; off you go. When the flash strikes,
to mop it up, revive yourself, and smell great.
* Baths are so relaxing. Use menopause as an excuse to jump
in. If you
are flashing hourly, try a bath with 3 ounces/80 ml of rubbing
in it. Ah. ...And there's also the "at-home ocean cure"
: Pour1 cup/250
ml sea salt in a hot bath. Lounge and envision an island paradise.
IF you found this info helpful, you may want to consider ordering
her NEW Menopausal Years book due hot off the press this November!
You can get a copy for yourself or a loved one at www.ash-tree-publishing.com
Justine (Susun's daughter)
Flashes- Vaginal Dryness-Infusions
I did stop the black cohosh but the reason I started taking
the wild yam and progesterone cream is because of vaginal
dryness and it is helping; what should I use instead of that
for vaginal dryness;
Why do you suggest drinking the oatstraw and nettle on different
days? I usually drink them together; I use Alvita teas;
I just bought your book last month, but of course not the
new edition , have things changed that much?
thank you for your time and feedback
Susun's Response: tea and infusion are
There is a big difference between a tea and an infusion. Sounds
to me like you are drinking tea and it just is not strong
enough to give you the effect you need. Reread the instructions
for making infusion: you need to use one ounce of herb, by
weight, in a quart of water. One box of Alvita is usually
less than an ounce!! Yes, it is important to alternate the
herbs for best effect.
Is your vagina dry all the time, or just with intercourse?
If the former, try eating a lot more yogurt. If the latter,
any lubricant that you like will do the trick without exposing
you to possible side effects such as cancer.
New Menopausal Years is 100 pages longer. It contains many
new sections, including ones on the dangers of progesterone
creams, the best ways to use wild yam (not as a cream), and
big problems developing with the use of soy products during
menopause. Since we keep the price really low, we are hoping
you will get the new versionnnn with all of its important
Green Blessings, Susun Weed