Hootan Melamed Recommends Hormone Therapy to Treat Hot FlashesApril 10, 2015
Hootan Melamed Recommends Hormone Therapy to Treat Hot Flashes
High ranking Beverly Hills pharmacist and entrepreneur, Dr. Hootan Melamed is also the chairman of Skyler Holdings. For the last many years, Dr. Melamed has been working to promote the cause of compounding pharmacy. He is on the board of trustees of two eminent universities related to pharmacy, has earned patents and trademarks through his research in the field, and continues to create new opportunities for both patients and pharmacists.
One of the important areas of research for Dr. Melamed in recent years has been to find solutions for hot flashes, which is one of the major symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes can cause significant discomfort for some women, and lead to conditions such as poor sleep, mood fluctuations, inability to maintain focus, and other emotional and physiological issues.
Hormone Replacement Therapy is one of the traditional solutions to address menopausal symptoms, which also include hot flashes. Through this therapy, it is possible to improve the body’s balance of hormonal levels for a woman. The therapy involves estrogen and progesterone hormones, which can be delivered through pills or through skin absorption methods such as gels, sprays, or patches.
For many years, hormone replacement therapy has remained one of the reliable treatment approaches for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. Clinical trials have shown that about three in four patients will be able to achieve considerable relief in a treatment lasting for about four to eight weeks.
The traditional hormone replacement therapy can lead to potential side effects because the replacement hormones are synthetically produced in the labs. However, as an experienced compounding pharmacist and researcher, Dr. Hootan Melamed recommends an alternative solution called Bio-identical Hormone Therapy (BHT). For a problem such as hot flashes, BHT could be a poignant solution.
As the name suggests, BHT involves the use of natural hormones. The degree of risk and side effects is much lesser in this case. A woman’s body produces natural hormones such as estriol, estrone, estradiol, and progesterone. When bio-identical hormones are used to raise the level of these female hormones, it may help the patient achieve their health goals in a safer and more effective manner.
Treatment without Hormones
Dr. Hootan Melamed believes that patients can achieve better results if they try to combine BHT therapy with simple non-hormonal techniques.
Keeping Cool Temperature
Using fan or air-conditioner can help to maintain a cool environment in the home, office, and vehicle. The patient should also consume cold fluids in sufficient quantities, wear cooler and loose dresses, and make use of gel based cooling packs. These simple steps can help mitigate hot flashes.
Foods such as caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, and spicy foods can trigger hot flashes, and should be avoided as far as possible. Positive and fantastic foods that can support the treatment include oilseeds, soy products, legumes, and nuts.
Managing everyday stress can also help deal with hot flashes more effectively. Other non-hormonal approaches can include herbal medications and alternative treatments such as acupuncture to minimize conditions such as hot flashes.
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