Popular herbal remedy for hot flushes is no better than placebo

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7522.924-b (Published 20 October 2005)
Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:924.3

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  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The widely used herbal remedy black cohosh offers little relief from menopausal hot flushes, a new US study shows.

    The researchers found no significant differences between women using herbal products and those using placebo in the frequency or intensity of hot flushes (Maturitas 2005;16:134–46).

    “Given the serious health risks associated with hormone therapy, we were disappointed to discover that a popular herbal alternative appears to be no more effective than the placebo,” said Katherine Newton, lead researcher on the herbal alternatives for menopause study. “Regrettably, we found that black cohosh has little potential to …

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