Herbal Menopause Treatments
Ease Menopause Symptoms With Combination of 2 Herbals: Black Cohosh & St. Johns Wort
Berlin: German researchers found a combination of St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum) and Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) was able to help alleviate psychological and physical complaints associated with menopause.
In the double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study, 301 women with menopausal complaints and psychological symptoms were treated with St. Johns Wort extract and Black Cohosh extract, or placebo, for 16 weeks.
After the treatment period, the mean Menopause Rating Scale score decreased 50 percent in the treatment group and only 19.6 percent in the placebo group. Similarly, the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale total score decreased 41.8 percent in the treatment group and only 12.7 percent in the placebo group. There were no major differences between groups regarding adverse events, laboratory values or tolerance.
The researchers concluded the combination of St. Johns Wort and Black Cohosh was superior to placebo in alleviating both the emotional and physical complaints associated with menopause.