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Menopause treatments – Misinformation

Posted 08 September 2023

Here are some key excerpts from the review published in Cell (abstract below):

“Complementary and alternate medicines (CAMs) for menopausal symptoms have been frequently touted, are widely advertised, and have an overall dismal track record of efficacy when subjected to rigorous scientific study. The best studied of these are phyto (plant) estrogen supplements and black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa). Systematic reviews of phytoestrogens do not support benefits in the relief of VMS.122,123 In numerous trials, black cohosh, not to be confused with blue cohosh, which has known liver toxicity, has been shown to be safe with limited efficacy in some single-site clinical trials. However, the HALT study, which was the most rigorous and comprehensive clinical trial to date, consisting of 351 participants, demonstrated no improvement with black cohosh over placebo among perimenopausal women experiencing VMS.124 The dilemma that black cohosh poses to the clinician is a common … Read the rest

Soy Supplements, Herbal Remedies May Reduce Hot Flashes

Posted 28 June 2016

(Reuters Health) – Soy isoflavones in foods or supplements, and some herbal remedies may help reduce menopause symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness, according to a review of 62 studies.

But not all complementary therapies have an effect.

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Controversial and unproven treatments for menopause

Posted 03 August 2015

500,000 Australian women use alternative menopause therapy – study

The Guardian
Melissa Davey Sunday 2 August 2015 15.01

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/03/500000-australian-women-use-alternative-menopause-therapy-study

Study published in Medical Journal of Australia finds women still shun hormone replacement therapy and turn to herbal and complementary treatments

Controversial and unproven treatments for menopause are being used by almost half a million Australian women aged between 40 and 65, and are often recommended by their doctors, a study published on Monday in the Medical Journal of Australia has found.

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