Herbs for Menopause

by Dr. Maurice Leibman on September 11, 2010

A recent study in Menopause, The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, evaluated the effectiveness of St John’s wort and Chaste tree/berry in the management of menopausal symptoms, and concluded that neither was superior to placebo for the management of menopausal symptoms. This was a randomized controlled study (RCT) of 100 women, in Australia, between 40 -60 who were post menopausal. This combination was well tolerated showed no significant adverse events, but no real benefit either.

ERr 731 (roots of Rheum rhaponticum, trade name Phytoestrol N, Phyto-Strol, Phyto-Strol Loges)

This extract has been used in women in Germany with menopausal symptoms for decades, and we now have the first detailed study and results of a RCT in 109 women, recently published in Menopase.There were no adverse events, and it appeared to be safe and effective. A sustained decrease in symptoms, high satisfaction and no side effects, were highlights of this landmark study. The company Chemisch-Pharmazeutische Fabrik Goeppingen, Carl Mueller, Apotheker, provided the supplements in the study.

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