Many women use alternative therapies to treat hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms. The purpose of this review is to summarize current information on the efficacy and safety of phytoestrogens and the herbal medicine black cohosh. A preponderance of evidence indicates that phytoestrogens are ineffective in treating hot flushes. Trials of black cohosh, many of which are small, of limited duration and of poor methodological quality, provide conflicting results, and at present it is unclear whether black cohosh is more effective than placebo. Although phytoestrogens and black cohosh appear to be safe when used for short periods of time, much larger and longer studies are needed to detect infrequent but potentially serious adverse events. Women who do not wish to take hormone therapy to treat menopausal symptoms should be encouraged to consider using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and other conventional therapeutic options.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Herbal Medicine and Their Use in Psychiatry Herbal medicine is widely used as alternative and complementary health practice. At recent years, the use of herbal medicine is increased in psychiatric practise. In this review it was mentioned in which conditions the herbal medicine were used, the adverse effects of herbals, the interactions between other drugs and the essential points were emphasized that the clinicians should keep in mind.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The World Health Organization estimates that 65%–80% of the world’s population use traditional medicine as their primary form of health care while about half of general population in developed countries uses complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Many health professionals consider CAM as not serious according to non-adequate research, any compelling evidence base and methodological problems and biases. On the other hand, many physicians are uninformed¬ about the quality of evidence that does exist. Assessment of safety and efficacy of herbal remedies is important issue in future research. Brief facts on the herbals used in postmenopausal medicine are presented and discussed.
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