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Plant based treatments give modest improvement in menopausal symptoms, review finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3474 (Published 22 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3474
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Some plant based treatments achieve modest reductions in the severity and frequency of menopausal symptoms, a systematic review and meta-analysis has found.

The research,1 published in JAMA, found that some plant based treatments were associated with reductions in the frequency of hot flushes and vaginal dryness but achieved no significant reduction in night sweats. However, the general quality of the evidence was suboptimal and further rigorous studies are needed, said the researchers.

Some 40-50% of women in Western countries are …

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