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Complement Med Res. 2019;26(1):39-46. doi: 10.1159/000490104. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

[Salvia officinalis Reduces the Severity of the Premenstrual Syndrome].

[Article in German]

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study aims to investigate the effects of Salvia officinalis on the severity of the premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

METHODS:

This was a triple-blinded randomized clinical trial on 90 college students in Tehran, Iran. The participants were randomly divided into 2 groups who were treated with 500-mg Salvia officinalis capsules or placebo once a day for 2 consecutive months. Data were collected using a questionnaire and a daily form for recording symptoms of PMS.

RESULTS:

The mean decreases in severity of the symptoms in the Salvia officinalis extract-treated group during the first and second months after treatment were 19.84% and 23.42%, respectively. The comparison of the PMS physical and psychological symptoms demonstrated a decrease following treatment in both groups, with more remarkable reduction in the Salvia officinalis group (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSION:

Salvia officinalis is an effective alternative agent to reduce the severity of psychological and physical symptoms of PMS.

KEYWORDS:

<italic>Salvia officinalis</italic> extract; Clinical trial; Placebo; Premenstrual syndrome

PMID:
30572339
DOI:
10.1159/000490104
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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