Herbs for hot flashes from tamoxifen?

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Question from Mollie: I am taking tamoxifen. Are there any herbs to relieve the hot flashes?
Answers - Raymond Chang Yes, but we don't recommend it. The herbs that are effective in reducing the hot flashes are likely to be estrogenic. They would dilute your tamoxifen and cancel out the purpose of taking it, so we don't recommend it.

There are Western herbs thought to be helpful and not detrimental, but I'm generally very careful not to mention Chinese herbs. Dong Quai may help, but again it dilutes the tamoxifen. Acupuncture may help but I think there are simpler, easier treatments for hot flashes.

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