Two-thirds of American women experience the symptoms of hot flashes or night sweatsduring pre-menopause and menopause, says Web MD. Hot flashes are characterized by a rise in body temperature that causes the blood vessels to dilate to cool the skin, creating a flushed, red face, often accompanied by excessive sweating. Night sweats may result when hot flashes are present during the night, causing women to sweat profusely, often requiring a change of bedclothes and bedding.
Many women are reluctant to begin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) due to fears of an increased risk of breast cancer or heart disease and turn to natural remedies to treat the symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats. Natural remedies provide relief for the symptoms without the risk of side effects from HRT.