Research: ISRAEL and YOUNGKIN

Listed in Issue 29

Abstract

ISRAEL and YOUNGKIN, St David's Medical Center, Austin Texas 78765-4039 USA write that consumer use of alternative medicines in the United States is growing rapidly, including herbal therapies as adjunct or alternative for perimenopausal and menopausal complaints. The authors review (74 references) and write of their significant concern regarding the safety of these herbs. As many women are using herbal therapies, clinicians must be knowledgeable regarding their use, quality and safety. They state that there are presently no government standards regarding the quality of herbal products in the United States, and that some products are either unsafe or that little is known of them scientifically. The authors examine selected herbal therapies touted in the lay press for common perimenopausal and menopausal complaints and offer advice regarding their use and safety based upon scientific sources.

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Israel D and Youngkin EQ. Herbal therapies for perimenopausal and menopausal complaints. Pharmacotherapy 17(5): 970-84. Sep-Oct 1997.

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