Kitchen herb for menopausal symptoms

Recent research shows the ‘kitchen herb’ Sage leaf (Salvia officinalis L.) is an effective treatment for a wide range of menopausal symptoms.

Published in the open access science journal Heliyon, the double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial showed Sage leaf can provide an effective and natural alternative for women who are unable or unwilling to take conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Not only does it improve the typical somato-vegetative symptoms of hot flushes, sleep and heart discomfort, but it also regulates neurological processes leading to improved psychological symptoms such as anxiety and mental exhaustion.

Eighty menopausal women aged between 48 and 65 received a daily dose of A.Vogel Menoforce tablets containing the equivalent of 3,400mg ethanolic tincture of freshly harvested Salvia Officinalis L. or placebo for a period of four weeks.

The women had been menopausal for a year or more with a Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) of at least 10. The MRS is the sum of somato-vegetative, psychological and genitourinary subscale scores for the main symptoms. They had experienced at least five hot flushes per 24 hours or intense hot flushes daily, disturbing sweating, and did not have any current pathologies, acute or chronic disease or allergies.

Study subjects were also given a complete electronic encephalogram (EEG) before and after Salvia officinalis treatment to explore any changes in cerebral neuronal activity and a range of cognitive tests such as reading, concentration and memory tests.

There was a significant decrease of the MRS score for the Sage group compared to placebo, with a 39.2% decrease in symptoms compared to 10.3% in the placebo group.

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