Quick relief for hot flashes, UTIs and bloating
— H.T., Denver
A: One terrific supplement for hot flashes is sage. You can drink it as a tea, use the spice, or for a stronger effect, take it as a dietary supplement like a liquid herbal extract (which I prefer over capsules because you can adjust dosage). Sage has long been valued as an agent for fevers. The German Commission E approves of sage for mild stomach upset and excessive sweating. It could help people with night sweats related to tuberculosis or babesia infections. As for hot flashes, there was a study published in 2011, in Advances in Therapy, that found that sage helped reduce hot flashes by about 50 percent within four weeks, and 64 percent within eight weeks. Sage is well-tolerated. I think it could safely be used with any medication, or substituted if your doctor approves.
Moving on to this urinary tract situation. The burning sensation, frequency, urgency and pain often come out of nowhere. Chronic sufferers usually have an overgrowth of fungus, such as Candida. Probiotics, probiotics, probiotics! Chronic UTIs often are a sign of undiagnosed diabetes. Test properly for diabetes, including serum insulin and a thyroid profile (see my “Diabetes Without Drugs” book for complete testing information). Now, “Phenazopyradine,” a red dye (medication), is sold over-the-counter and can temporarily relieve bladder pain. Baking soda is a popular, inexpensive home remedy for UTIs, heartburn and gout. It's not a substitute for medical advice. The recipe is one teaspoon baking soda in one cup of cold water, just mix and drink. Baking soda is very alkaline, so it neutralizes your acidic urine which is what causes the pain/burning during a UTI. My column is educational, it's not medical advice. Ask your doctor what's safe for you, and be aware, baking soda is contraindicated for people with high blood pressure, nor is it recommended long-term.