Researchers at Columbia University and George Washington University have found a safe and effective alternative to synthetic drugs. The researchers examined the results of 29 independent studies on alternative treatments for hot flashes and found excellent support for the effectiveness of the herb Black cohosh.
There are safe and effective natural alternatives. In my practice, I recommend natural Hormone Augmentation. For mild symptoms of menopause, I use an herbal hormone balancing formula known as ESPROGEN that includes Agelica sinensis (Dong Quai) (standardized to 0.8% lingustillide), Dioscorea villosa (Wild Yam) (standardized for 10% Diosgenin), Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) DGL, Tunera diffusa (Damiana) (5:1) and Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh).
For moderate or severe symptoms of menopause, I recommend Hormone Augmentation with a combination of bio-identical Estriol and Progesterone enhancing herbs, known as OstaB3 or PhytoB respectively. The Estriol is extracted from Soybeans and the Progesterone is extracted from the Wild Yam. Osta B3 and PhytoB contain Barbasco (Wild Yam) extract, Dioscorea extrat, Hawthorn extract, Alfalfa extract, Soybean extract, Licorice extract, Sarsaparilla extract, Wild Oats, and Cherry bark extract.