Doctor Oz did a segment called “Hot Flash 101” to teach everyone about the number one complaint of Perimenopause: hot flashes. Dr Oz said that 75% of the people watching his show today will have experienced hot flashes at some point. But have no fear, Dr Oz has three ways to manage hot flashes including a Japanese tea named Keishi Bukuryo Gan, Chilled Pillows and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM).
Dr Oz Hot Flash 101
Dr Oz said that hot flashes during Perimenopause occur because your eggs begin to shrivel up and make less hormones, so your hypothalamus (a portion of your brain) sends chemicals out which makes your heart beat faster and makes your blood vessels dilate, which is why you feel a hot flash sensation.
Dr Oz’s Hot Flash Treatments
1. Keishi Bukuryo Gan: Japanese Tea
Dr Oz said that Keishi Bukuryo Gan means cinnamon mushroom root and is used in Japan to prevent hot flashes. Dr Oz said there were studies done in America that also found that Keishi Bukuryo Gan was affective for treating hot flashes. You can get a box for $8, according to Dr Oz’s note during the show, and it tastes just like regular tea.
2. Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM)
Dr Oz said that Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMS) are an over the counter medicine that is based on a natural soy derivative. However, Dr Oz did say to double check with your doctor before taking this to be sure there won’t be any dangerous drug interactions.
3. Chilled Pillow
I am totally going to have to get one of these! Dr Oz showed a Chilled Pillow that you fill up with cold water and can put in the fridge even. It is soft and can be used just like a pillow… it is the pillow equivalent of a water-bed!