Alternatives to hormone replacement therapy include natural remedies, such as eating soy products to help relieve hot flashes, and herbal treatments. Some readily available alternative products include soy milk, tofu and roasted soy nuts, states HealthDay. Paroxetine provides nonhormonal prescription medication that is approved in the United States to treat hot flashes, as of 2015, explains UpToDate.
Soy is an effective alternative to hormone replacement therapy due to its phytoestrogen content, notes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Phytoestrogens act similar to estrogen when in the body, and occur naturally in black cohosh, wild yam, dong quai and valerian root. Although some pill and powder products contain phytoestrogens, there is not enough research to support their use or safety, as of 2015.
Bioidentical hormone therapy is another alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapies, although its effectiveness and distinctness from traditional hormone replacements has not been fully researched, notes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Herbal treatments include mixtures of ginseng, fenugreek, licorice, sarsaparilla, flaxseed, red clover and chaste-tree berry, explains HealthDay. However, women should speak with a physician before attempting natural remedies in place of traditional hormone replacement therapies. These herbs can interfere with prescription medications and cause harmful side effects.