Hootan Melamed Recommends Hormone Therapy to Treat Hot Flashes
Dr. Hootan Melamed is a pre-eminent Beverly Hills pharmacist and entrepreneur, and the chairman of Skyler Holdings. For more than a decade, Dr. Melamed has been engaged in the development of the field of compounding pharmacy through research, education and creating of entrepreneurial opportunities. A major area of research for Dr. Melamed over the last few years has been hot flashes, which are a common menopause symptom.
Hot flashes may lead to aggravated discomfort for many women, and some may experience several dozen hot flashes in a single day. Patients with severe conditions of hot flashes can develop lack of sleep, acute mood swings, reduced ability to concentrate, and other physical and emotional issues.
HRT for Hot Flashes
Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT is a time tested treatment that is designed to increase the levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones in the patient’s body. This can help to mitigate the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes. HRT can be delivered through pills, or though skin absorption methods such as gels, patches and sprays.
HRT is a sustainable and effective solution for hot flashes. Several clinical trials over the years have shown that about 75 percent of the patients will experience substantial relief in a treatment that may last from one to two months.
BHRT for Hot Flashes
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy or BHRT is a relatively newer and highly promising treatment for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Leading experts in compounding pharmacy such as Dr. Hootan Melamed are of the opinion that in comparison to conventional HRT, the patient may receive more effective outcomes with BHRT.
The key advantage with this treatment is that it is based on natural hormones, which minimizes the potential risks or side effects. Common hormones produced in the female body include estriol, estradiol, estrone, and progesterone. Research in the area of assessing the real benefits of naturally produced hormones or bio-identical hormones is ongoing.
Dr. Hootan Melamed suggests that a patient may combine hormonal treatment along with some very simple behavioral adjustments and techniques to achieve more comprehensive results in terms of addressing hot flashes.
One of the easiest approaches to obtaining relief from the hot flashes to a partial extent can be to keep the body cool. If the patient can stay in a cool environment, drink more of cold fluids, wear cooler garments, and apply gel cooling packs, it should help reduce the condition of hot flashes and night sweats.
Foods that are known to aggravate the condition of hot flashes, such as alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, and spicy and hot foods should be avoided wherever possible. Anecdotal evidence indicates that certain foods such as soy products, nuts, oilseeds, and legumes are useful in reducing hot flashes.
Stress management with techniques such as paced breathing, which involves slow, deep breathing, can significantly reduce the frequency of hot flashes. Meditation and other relaxation response techniques may also help. Certain non-hormonal herbs and acupuncture techniques may help reduce stress, which will in turn provide some relief from hot flashes.
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