Pycnogenol May Offer An Alternative Method To Reducing Menopause Symptoms Without Unwanted Side Effects
A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial on the effect of Pycnogenol on the climacteric syndrome in peri-menopausal women. By the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ham-Ming Hospital, Taiwan. Study appears in the Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologyogica Scandinavica; 2007;86(8):978-85
BACKGROUND: French maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) was found to alleviate menstrual pain and reduce hyperactivity in clinical studies. These results suggest the possibility to observe positive effects in treating climacteric syndrome.
OBJECTIVE: Clinical investigation of the effect of Pycnogenol, French maritime pine bark extract, on the climacteric syndrome.
METHODS: Some 200 peri-menopausal women were enrolled in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, and treated with Pycnogenol (200mg) daily. Climacteric symptoms were evaluated by the Women's Health Questionnaire (WHQ), patients were checked for anti oxidative status and routine chemistry. A total of 155 women completed the study.
RESULTS: All climacteric symptoms improved, anti oxidative status increased and LDL/HDL ratio was favourably altered by Pycnogenol. No side effects were reported. CONCLUSION: Pycnogenol may offer an alternative method to reducing climacteric symptoms without unwanted effects. Full abstract
Estrogen-like effect of a Black Cohosh extract
September 2007, Department of Human Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Rome La Sapienza
Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is used in the treatment of painful menstruation and menopausal symptoms. Data about the nature of the active compounds and mechanism(s) of action are still controversial, chiefly with respect to its estrogenic activity. This work aimed to assess the possible estrogenic activity of a commercial dry hydro-alcoholic extract of Black Cohosh. Continue
Herbal Supplement Black Cohosh Fails to Relieve Hot Flashes
By The National Institute of Aging -
Dec. 18, 2006
The herbal supplement black cohosh, whether used alone or with other botanical supplements, did not relieve hot flashes in postmenopausal women or those approaching menopause Continue