For the reader who wanted to know what exactly goes on in her body when she's having hot flushes, one practitioner gave an explanation from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective. Menopause-related hot flushes are due to a deficiency in the cooling Yin energy. When there isn't enough of it, the heating and active aspects of Yang become more apparent and the hot flushes starts. Chinese herbal remedies can help to rebalance the Yin and Yang energies. One lady offers a more orthodox explanation for hot flushes, saying that they coincide with a sudden drop in the body's diminishing oestrogen level. She uses acupuncture to manage her menopause and takes Agnus Castus and sage capsules to manage the symptoms. Try increasing intake of oestrogenic foods like soya, fennel, linseeds and tofu. Aromatherapy with oils like cypress, fennel, palmarosa and bergamot can help alleviate symptoms.