Herbal preparations for the menopause: beyond isoflavones and black cohosh

Herbal preparations for the menopause: beyond isoflavones and black cohosh

  • a Menopause clinic, department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital of Ghent, De Pintelaan, 185, 9000 Gent, Belgium
  • b Emeritus, department of endocrinology and metabolic diseases, University Hospital of Ghent, De Pintelaan, 185, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Abstract

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) such as, isoflavones and black cohosh are commonly used to deal with menopausal, symptoms, but benefit a limited proportion of women. The aim of this, minireview is to summarize the evidence of the efficacy and safety of, other herbal preparations. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) find that the extracts of Mediterranean pine bark (Pycnogenol®)), linseed, and Lepididium meyenii (Maca) reduce vasomotor symptoms. The results of RCTs of the hop flavonoid 8-pregnylnarangenin are conflicting. Animal and human studies suggest that Dioscorea villosa (Wild yam), Broccoli and linseed extracts may protect against osteoporosis and gynecological cancers but further evidence is required.

About Dr Colin Holloway

Gp interested in natural hormone treatment for men and women of all ages

Posted on June 12, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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