Dear Pharmacist: Please help me and my daughter. I have hot flashes; what is the best herbal supplement to help with that? Are there any home remedies for UTIs (urinary tract infections)? And finally, what can my daughter do for bloating during her monthly cycle? I’ve heard that drinking more water (not less) helps, but that seems opposite of common sense. — H.T., Denver, Colo.
Answer: 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 extracts (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 reduced hot flushes by about 50 percent within four weeks, and 64 percent within eight weeks! Sage is well0tolerated. I think it could safely be used with any medication, or substituted if your doctor approves.
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