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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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In early July, 2014, the American College of Physicians (ACP) issued guidelines challenging the need for a vaginal speculum and bimanual (internal) pelvic exam as an integral part of a routine well-woman office visit. The ACP reviewed the evidence and concluded that the routine pelvic examination is not useful in screening for malignancies other than […]

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Introduction: The relationship between the microbiota in the gut and the etiology (cause) of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is becoming increasingly clear. IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions, and more common in women. It is characterized by abdominal discomfort or pain and variable types of other symptoms including episodic diarrhea and/or constipation, […]

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This randomized, double-blind, 2-group parallel, clinical trial conducted in Brazil compared the effects of melatonin compared with a placebo on endometriosis-associated pelvic pain, brain derived neurotrophic factor level and sleep quality. Forty women were randomized into melatonin 10 mg/day (n=20) or placebo (n=20) groups for 8 weeks. Forty women with chronic pelvic pain, who were […]

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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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The authors of this study were testing the hypothesis that Asian women may have fewer health complaints and that this may be due to higher consumption of soy products. This double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized study assessed the effect of soy isoflavones on menopausal symptoms, bone mineral density (BMD), serum cytokines, and bone metabolism indices. Chinese menopausal […]

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There has been interest for some time now about the role of vitamin D levels in the blood and the potential protective benefits of adequate levels in the prevention of breast, colon and other adenocarcinomas. This meta-analysis was conducted using a PUBMED search for observational studies of serum 25(OH)D and risk of breast cancer between […]

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Walking and Bone Health

The purposes of this study were to evaluate the effects of a walking routine on bone mineral density (BMD) at the lumbar spine, at the femoral neck (a part of the hip), at the radius (wrist) and for the whole body in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women and to identify the optimal duration of a walking […]

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