In August 2019 researchers from China published their review of the medical scientific literature to assess the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicines on vasomotor symptoms. Vasomotor symptoms are usually described as night sweats, hot flashes and flushes and are very common in individuals experiencing the menopause and those with cancer. Vasomotor symptoms can cause both physical and mental discomfort. A total of 29 studies met the search criteria and were included in the review. Results showed that acupuncture, hypnosis, paced respiration, cognitive behavioural therapy, genistein, soy isoflavones, S-equol, combined preparations of black cohosh, and omega-3 supplements could all significantly reduce the vasomotor symptoms. It was noted that although the methodological quality of the studies was moderate or high, the evidence levels were not high.
Guo PP et al. Complementary and alternative medicine for natural and treatment-induced vasomotor symptoms: An overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2019 Aug;36:181-194