Menopause FAQs: Complementary Therapies includes some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about complementary and herbal therapies, mind and body practices, dietary supplements and bioidentical hormones.

What are some key points about complementary therapies and menopause symptoms?

Menopause FAQs: Complementary TherapiesIn Complementary and Herbal Therapies for Hot Flushes | New: January 2018 the Australasian Menopause Society include:

“Key Points

  • Any product used for the treatment of menopausal symptoms should have been shown in clinical studies to be safe and effective
  • There have been many trials of complementary and herbal medicines for the relief of menopausal symptoms
  • No complementary therapies are as effective as oestrogen therapy for menopausal symptoms
  • Use of phytoestrogens may be helpful but long-term data is lacking and they may not be safe in some women
  • There is currently insufficient evidence to support the use of herbal therapies”.

What does the science say about natural products and menopause symptoms?

In Menopausal Symptoms: In Depth: What the Science Says About Complementary Health Approaches for Menopause Symptoms the (United States) National Institute of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) elaborate on:

Menopause FAQs: Complementary Therapies

“Natural Products
Many natural products have been studied for menopause symptoms. However, none has clearly been shown to be helpful. There’s little information on the long-term safety of natural products, and some can have harmful side effects or interact with drugs”.

What does the science say about mind and body practices and menopause symptoms?

In Menopausal Symptoms: In Depth – What the Science Says About Complementary Health Approaches for Menopause Symptoms  the (United States) NCCIH elaborate on:

“Mind and Body Practices
Only a small amount of research has been done on most mind and body practices for menopause symptoms. However, the limited evidence currently available suggests that some of these practices might help to relieve symptoms or make them less bothersome”.

Is it safe to take dietary supplements or herbal therapies for menopause symptoms?

Menopause FAQs: Complementary TherapiesIn Menopause FAQs: Hot Flashes the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) elaborate on:

“Q. Is it safe to take dietary supplements or herbal therapies for my menopause symptoms? A. No over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplement or herbal therapies have been found to be effective on menopause symptoms. After exhaustive research, NAMS has concluded that only the S-equol derivative of soy isoflavones may be an option, providing there is no history of soy intolerance or allergy, but NAMS advises its use only with caution…”.

What is the best way to use herbal remedies for the relief of menopause symptoms?Menopause FAQs: Complementary Therapies

In Menopause & Herbs the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

  • “The best way to use herbal remedies is under the guidance and advice of an accredited natural therapist”.

Is it safe to take custom-compounded hormone therapy for menopause symptoms?

In the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, one of the points of consensus is:

Menopause FAQs: Complementary Therapies

  • “The use of custom-compounded hormone therapy is not recommended because of lack of regulation, rigorous safety and efficacy testing, batch standardization, and purity measures”.

Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Complementary TherapiesIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause the NAMS explain:

“Navigate through the different topics to find answers from the experts on frequently asked questions about menopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms, hot flashes, hormone therapy, health after menopause, finding a menopause specialist, and more”.

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Last Updated: 8 May 2019 – Last Revised: 28 January 2019
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