Herbal therapy reduces menopausal symptoms

At least when the herbalists who did the study use them.

First, the details.

  • 45 women 46 to 59 years old with menopausal symptoms and no menstrual bleeding for 3 months were studied.
  • None took hormone replacement therapy.
  • Participants were randomly assigned to a course of individualized treatment from one of 3 herbal practitioners or no treatment.
  • Treatment was 6 consultations over 5 months including discussion of nutrition, lifestyle, and an individualized herbal prescription.

And, the results.

  • 44 women completed the study.
  • Those who got treatment had a significant reduction in menopausal symptoms compared to no treatment.
  • Specifically, reduced vasomotor symptoms and increased libido.
  • Total scores for menopausal symptoms reduced for both groups.

The bottom line?
The authors concluded, “The treatment package [5 to 9 herbals ] from herbal practitioners improved menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flushes and low libido.”

This study is more of a testimonial to the skills of these herbalists’ than the medicine they used. How much, if any of this, is transferable to menopausal women in general is unclear.

11/21/07 18:39 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.