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Two Supplements Found to Improve Menopause Symptoms

Black cohosh is a member of the buttercup family and has been used by Native Americans for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Rhodiola is an herb that people in northern regions have used for years to help alleviate anxiety, fatigue, anemia, and headaches. According to a new study, a combination of black cohosh and rhodiola may help relieve some menopause symptoms.

Two hundred and twenty women with menopausal symptoms participated in the study. They received one of four interventions daily for 12 weeks:

  1. 13 mg black cohosh;
  2. 1000 mg black cohosh;
  3. 13 mg black cohosh and 1000 mg rhodiola;
  4. Placebo

The researchers used the Kupperman Menopausal Index (KMI), the Menopause Relief Score (MRS), and the menopause Utian Quality of Life index to evaluate menopause symptoms.

Participants in the black cohosh and rhodiola group saw the largest improvements in menopause symptoms. Specifically, they saw a 71% reduction in hot flashes, joint pain, and sexual complaints, compared to 50.5%, 59.1%, and 26.3% in the black cohosh, high dose black cohosh, and placebo groups respectively. Participants in the black cohosh and rhodiola group also saw a 67% reduction in psychological symptoms, sexual problems, bladder problems, and vaginal dryness, and a 25% improvement in quality of life.

The study was conducted by researchers from Tbilisi State Medical University. It was published online ahead of print on May 21, 2020 in the journal Pharmaceuticals.     

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