January 28, 2009

Herbal Therapy Ineffective For Treating Menopause

An appraisal of several herbal remedies regularly taken to treat menopause symptoms shows that there is very little proof that they work at all. The researchers also determined that there is a lack of consistency or quality guarantee for these provisions, says a report published in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin.

"There is no strong evidence either way for several herbal remedies commonly taken to relieve troublesome menopausal symptoms," editors of the report state.

Their review covers herbs like black cohosh, red clover, Dong quai, evening primrose oil, ginseng, wild yam extract, chaste tree, hops, sage and kava kava.

The discovery "raises several issues for women," chief editor Dr. Ike Iheanacho in London, UK, said to Reuters Health. Possible complications include "quality issues, whether the product is in fact what it says it is on the box, and whether or not it will be the same product in the next box...There is a lack of standardization of product preparation."

"Even if these products are safe, there is a lack of evidence showing they relieve symptoms," he noted.

"The message is definitely not that women should not use these remedies, but that the patient should inform her physician about the product she is using, and it should be investigated to the degree possible."


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