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Green Tea Catechins for Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

The perception of dry mouth (known as xerostomia) affects up to 40% of adults in the U.S. and can have a significant effect on quality of life. Causes can include medications, diabetes, Sjogren syndrome and hormonal changes such as menopause. Previous animal and laboratory studies provided evidence that green tea polyphenols could be beneficial for […]

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This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted in Iran with a total of 84 postmenopausal women. Women were randomly assigned to one black cohosh tablet per day (n=42) or one placebo (n=42) per day for 8 weeks. The severity of vasomotor symptoms and number of hot flashes were recorded in the pre-treatment phase and […]

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Menstrual cramps are one of most common menstrual related problems that women face. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) are the most common self-treatment that women use, but they don’t always work adequately or at all, and some women have side effects from them. I have written previous blogs on natural solutions for menstrual cramps, including ginger and […]

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The Effects of chaste tree berry (Vitex agnus castus) extract and magnesium on fracture healing in women with long bone fractures. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of chaste tree with and without magnesium on the healing of long bone fractures in young women. In this double-blind randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial, […]

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The most common perimenopause and menopause symptoms are vasomotor symptoms, aka hot flashes and/or night sweats. In addition to numerous perimenopause/menopause symptoms, postmenopausal women in particular, are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Plant compounds such as French maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) are rich in proanthocyanidins and have […]

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Valerian/Lemon balm in Menopausal Sleep Problems

The purpose of this study was to determine whether a combination of valerian/lemon balm could improve sleep problems in menopausal women. A total of 100 postmenopausal women aged 50-60 years with sleep disorders were studied. Women were selected randomly after fulfilling the entrance criteria. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) questionnaire was completed to assess […]

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Migraine headaches are one of the most common causes of pain and can vary from a minimal impact on activities of daily living to even incapacitating. Numerous over the counter and prescription drugs exist for acute migraine headaches but problems abound with poor satisfaction in many cases and varied side effects in others. In addition, […]

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Current study: Xi S, Liske E, Wang S, et al. Effect of isopropanolic Cimicifuga racemosa extract on uterine fibroids in comparison with tibolone among patients of a recent randomized, double blind, parallel-controlled study in Chinese women with menopausal symptoms. An original menopause study, published in 2007[1] enrolled 244 Chinese women aged 40-60 years with menopause […]

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Another quality study has emerged using the oral encapsulated lavender essential oil. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial investigated two doses of oral lavender essential oil in comparison to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, paroxetine, in patients who have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Individuals were given a lavender essential oil made from the […]

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Valerian for Hot Flashes!!

Hot flashes and/or night sweats are the most common symptoms that perimenopause/menopause women seek relief for. They can be mild, moderate or severe and can be infrequent or daily and many times a day if not several times per hour and can last an unpredictable amount of months/years. Some women are affected greatly and this […]

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