Herbal remedies 'no good' for menopause

Herbal remedies, such as evening primrose oil and ginseng, do not appear to relieve menopausal symptoms, according to the findings of a UK review.

Photograph: istockphoto/Yong Hian Lim
Photograph: istockphoto/Yong Hian Lim

The review, published in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, warns that for some remedies, such as red clover extract, there is no convincing evidence at all to support their use.

The review analysed existing evidence on the use of herbal remedies in relieving menopausal symptoms.

The review concluded that there is ‘no convincing evidence that red clover extracts have a beneficial effect. There is little evidence for or against benefit with other herbs commonly used for menopausal symptoms, such as dong quai, evening primrose oil, ginseng, wild yam, chaste tree, hops and sage.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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