My hot flashes are keeping me up at night. Do alcohol and diet make them worse?

 Yes. Hot flashes are related to what you eat and drink.

 Alcohol, refined sugars,  some flour based carbs, caffeine, and spicy foods may increase hot flashes.

Remember: Bedding also matters. Leave your feet uncovered, and use a light down comforter that can easily be thrown off. Fewer to no clothes at night will help keep hot flashes, and night sweats down.

 I use Chinese herbal formulas for stubborn hot flashes that don’t resolve with the above suggestions.

For twenty years I have practiced acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicine in Marin.  Contact me at 415-838-0459 to make an appointment in my Mill Valley or Stinson Beach office..