TCM divides menopause into "hot" and "cold" menopause on the basis of a thorough history taking and examination of the tongue and pulses (six different pulses). Both acupuncture and Chinese herbology may be employed to reduce stress, facilitate the movement of Chi (or Qi, the body's internal energy flow), and balance body systems. While some critics claim TCM is no more effective than placebo in controlling hot flashes or the symptoms of menopause, with "few documented benefits," others point to the survival of this tradition in medicine for thousands of years and believe that something more than a placebo effect is evidenced.
Vitamins and vitamin E therapy
Vitamin E therapy is perhaps one of the most historically recommended therapies in North America for hot flashes, in a dosing range from 400–1,000 International Units (IU) daily. Since the 1940s, vitamin E has been believed to be useful in reducing hot flashes and another common symptoms of estrogen deficiency—vaginal dryness. One vitamin company at least, has built a reputation on the clinical benefits of vitamin E therapy. Nevertheless, one source reports on the basis of a "well designed trial" that the success of vitamin E therapy (40%) for the reduction of hot flashes is comparable to placebo (30%). Other studies regarding the antioxidant properties of vitamin E suggest that when the vitamin is combined simultaneously with vitamin C supplementation, a beneficial synergistic antioxidant effect is obtained. A tamoxifen-related trial by the National Cancer Institute recommends use of vitamin E, with C and 200–250 mg of vitamin B6. The entire vitamin B complex might also be recommended for its support of the nervous system and stress reduction.
Katherine E. Nelson N.D., The Gale Group Inc., Gale, Detroit,