No Herbal or Plant Remedies Found Effective for Menopausal Night Sweats

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Taulant Muka, MD, MPH, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher Department of Epidemiology Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Taulant Muka

Taulant Muka, MD, MPH, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Epidemiology
Erasmus University
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?

Response: Hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness are very common symptoms of menopause, affecting up to 80% of women. Despite the availability of a wide range of pharmacological treatments and the best effort of health care professionals, good control of menopausal symptoms and their adverse effects remains elusive for much of the women. Some women choose hormone replacement therapy to treat menopausal symptoms, but for many others estrogen is not an option as long as some research suggests that it may rise the risk for breast cancer and heart disease. Therefore, 40 to 50% of women in Western countries choose to use complementary therapies, including plant-based therapies. These are many plant based-therapies that have been suggested to improve menopausal symptoms, but there is little guidance about which plant-based therapy is effective.
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