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Chin J Integr Med. 2011 Dec;17(12):883-8. doi: 10.1007/s11655-011-0932-7. Epub 2011 Dec 3.

Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of menopausal symptoms.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusettes, 02111, USA.


A large number of women will pass through menopause each year. Women in menopausal transition experience a variety of menopausal symptoms. Although hormonal therapy remains the most effective treatment, side effects have been reported by several large studies. An increased number of women seek the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for treating menopausal symptoms. This review analyzes the evidence from systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials and epidemiological studies of using herbal medicine (Black cohosh, Dong quai, St John's wart, Hops, Wild yam, Ginseng, and evening primrose oil) and acupuncture for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Evidence supporting the efficacy and safety of most CAM for relief of menopausal symptoms are limited. Future larger and better controlled studies testing the effectiveness of these treatments are needed.

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