If you feel that you have tried everything else then this simple tip might just help. This is actually something I have been doing in various different circumstances for most of my life but I hadn’t thought of it in relation to helping with hot flashes until I saw some research published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.
The power of your mind
The research was carried out at Baylor University in Texas and builds on an earlier Baylor study which found that using hypnotic relaxation therapy reduced hot flashes by 68 percent. Now that is impressive enough, but you can make it even better by giving yourself a mental image of something really cool such as a snowy landscape or an ice cold mountain stream. The women in the study were a group of breast cancer survivors who found themselves subject to persistent but when they imagined a cool low-temperature scenario it reduced the intensity of their hot flashes.
The leader of the study, Gary Elkins, Ph.D. a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, concluded that “The finding may indicate that areas of the brain activated by imagery may be identical to those activated by actual perceived events.”
In other words, you can trick your mind when you are hot into believing that you are actually somewhere very cold and it will respond accordingly and you will feel cooler. As I said, I have certainly used it previously but the other way around, in that if I have been out somewhere and the temperature has dropped dramatically, or I haven’t put on enough warm clothing, I imagine myself in front of a roaring fire or sitting on a tropical beach and I do indeed feel warmer.
I do like remedies that are simple, inexpensive, and certainly free from side effects!
Women with severe flushes not controlled by progesterone alone can find it helpful to use a combination cream with both progesterone and oestrogen. Often though just applying a dab of progesterone cream on the thin skin inside the wrist may be enough to hold off a flush that is just starting.