A hot flash is a brief feeling of warmth (lasting about a minute) felt throughout the body that often begins in the neck and head region. Redness of the skin and sweating can also accompany hot flashes. It is one of the common menopause symptoms, although some women who are not yet in the menopause stage may experience hot flashes.
Hot flashes are caused by several factors such as hormonal changes (decline in estrogen levels), as a side effect of some medication, or a result of certain medical conditions that can cause levels of the hormone serotonin to elevate. There are also foods and beverages that can trigger episodes of hot flashes such as caffeinated beverages, spicy foods (pepper, ginger, cayenne), acidic foods (tomato, pickles), and alcoholic drinks.
Sepia for hot flashes is one of the homeopathic remedies that some women resort to as a treatment option. This preparation is made from the dark ink harvested from a cuttlefish. The ink is dried and mixed with milk sugar, and is ingested by the patient. Sepia also comes in over-the-counter preparations, and in several potencies (6x, 12 c, and 30 c). Dosing depends on the severity of the condition, and a doctor should be consulted before taking this medication to prevent serious side effects.