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KESSEL and KRONENBERG, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA,, have reviewed (72 references) the role of complementary and alternative medicine in the management of menopausal symptoms. Abstract: There is a great need for alternatives to hormone therapy for use by symptomatic menopausal women. Alternatives to oestrogen can encompass lifestyle change, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and non-hormonal prescription therapies. The use of CAM therapies for menopausal symptoms is widespread and has been increasing. In recent years, there has been an increase in the quantity and quality of research related to CAM therapy use for menopausal symptoms. A highly effective and safe CAM therapy for menopausal symptoms would be valuable but has remained elusive to date. This article reviews randomized controlled trials examining the efficacy of CAM therapies for menopausal symptoms.






Kessel B, Kronenberg F. The role of complementary and alternative medicine in management of menopausal symptoms. Endocrinology & Metabolism Clinics of North America 33 (4): 717-739, Dec 2004.


It appears to be characteristic of complementary and alternative therapies that individual users find their own optimal therapy based on personal preferences and other, unknown, factors. Therefore a particular therapy cannot just be prescribed for a particular isolated symptom. Understandably this frustrates and confounds many medical professionals.

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