Herbal and complementary medicines are a viable alternative to hormone replacement therapy for postmenopausal women who fear the possible side effects, according to new research.
instance, the most common plant containing oestrogen, can reduce hot
flushes by more than half, says a scientist who carried out a review
into previous studies. Red
clover, a legume also containing the female hormone, and black cohosh, a
plant originating in the US and Canada, also ease symptoms.
primary care specialist Dr Iris Tong, of Brown University, Rhode
Island, who led the review, said: 'Up to 75 per cent of women use herbal
and complimentary medicines to treat their postmenopausal symptoms.
it is vitally important for healthcare providers to be aware of and
informed about the non-pharmacological therapies available for women who
are experiencing postmenopausal symptoms and who are looking for an
alternative to HRT.'
Source - Daily Mail