Complementary Health Approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

24. Can any complementary approaches help with symptoms of menopause?

NIH has sponsored a number of studies of complementary health approaches for menopause symptoms.

1. Herbs, phytoestrogens, and other natural products have not been clearly shown to relieve menopause symptoms.

  • A study of herbal remedies for menopause found that black cohosh and combination herbal supplements that included black cohosh along with other herbs did not reduce the number of hot flashes or night sweats in menopausal women.
  • Another study found no evidence that the herbs black cohosh and red clover were better than a placebo (an inactive substance) in treating the hot flashes and night sweats that often accompany menopause.

2. Research on hypnotherapy and mindfulness meditation is in its early stages, but some studies have had promising results. One study showed that hypnosis significantly reduced the frequency and severity of hot flashes in postmenopausal women.

3. A study of acupuncture showed that it reduced the severity and frequency of hot flashes and other menopause symptoms, when compared to usual care, and that the benefits persisted for at least 6 months after the completion of a series of acupuncture treatments.

4. Yoga has not been shown to relieve hot flashes but may be helpful for other menopause symptoms.

Learn more about complementary approaches and menopause at "Menopausal Symptoms: In Depth" from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCCIH) at NIH.