ANCHOR LEAD : THE HERBAL REMEDY BLACK COHOSH DOESN’T HELP MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Black cohosh, an herbal supplement thought to help ease hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, hasn’t held up to rigorous scientific scrutiny, a recent study concluded. Anne Burke, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Johns Hopkins, says that’s disappointing.
BURKE: The sometimes frustrating thing is that a lot of these herbal remedies or sort of non-medical remedies that people have counted on in the past, first off, a lot of them just haven’t been well-studied, and then as we study them we find out that they just don’t seem to be very effective compared to placebo, and so the question is is it worth doing it? I think everybody would like to find the miracle cure for hot flashes and menopausal symptoms especially given the concerns for hormone replacement therapy. Now the thinking now is that short term use of hormone replacement therapy in most women is still going to be perfectly safe. :29
Burke says women could also consider certain antidepressants, which have also been shown to help ease symptoms, and keep in mind that the duration of menopause is limited. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.