Herbal medications could benefit women with menopause

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By NBC News

Herbal medications could benefit women with menopause

January 11, 2013 Updated Jan 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM CDT

PROVIDENCE, RI -- New research reveals herbal medications may help treat postmenopausal symptoms without risky side effects.

Hormone replacement therapy improves hot flashes in the majority of women but can pose health risks like breast cancer, stroke and heart problems.

A Brown University study found herbal and other complementary medicines were equally effective in treating mood swings, sleep problems, sexual dysfunction and hot flashes.

Researchers say many women have responded to treatments containing soy, red clover and black cohosh, as well as behavior modifications like relaxing, keeping a cooler house and quitting smoking.

This study was published in "The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist".

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