Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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Menopausal women are seeking for new natural treatment of menopausal symptoms.

Recent studies have provided news insights on a possible role of Schisandra chinensis and Tribulus terrestris for the management of menopause-associated discomforts.

The effects of Schisandra chinensis have been examined in a randomized, double-blinded and placebo-controlled trial. 41 women received a placebo or a S. chinensis extract (BMO-30) for 6 weeks and were followed for 12 weeks. Results of the Kupperman Index showed a significant reduction in menopausal symptoms in the supplemented group in comparison to placebo (p = 0.042). The extract was mainly effective on hot flushes, sweating and heart palpitations.


Sexual disorders are common in post-menopausal women, and most of botanicals have no effects on these complaints. Therefore, a recent randomized, double-blinded and placebo-controlled study has investigated the effects of Tribulus terrestris on sexual disorders associated with menopause. 45 post-menopausal women with reduced libido received 750 mg/d of a T. terrestris extract or a placebo for 120 days. The Female Sexual Function Index showed improvement in both groups (p < 0.05), except lubrication which was improved only in the supplemented group. However, the Sexual Quotient Female version questionnaires showed significant improvement in the domains of desire (p < 0.01), arousal/lubrication (p = 0.02), pain (p = 0.02) and anorgasmia (p < 0.01) with T. terrestris, whereas no significant improvements were seen in the placebo group. The effects of T. terrestris may be related to an increased level of free and bioavailable testosterone.


These two recent trials confirm the effectiveness of botanicals for the management of menopausal symptoms.

They may also suggest that combination of botanicals may be required to improve both general symptoms and sexual disorders.



De Souza KZ, Vale FB, Geber S. Efficacy of Tribulus terrestris for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in postmenopausal women: a randomized, doubel-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. Menopause. 2016 Oct 10. 

Park JY, Kim KH. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of Schisandra chinensis for menopausal symptoms. Climacteric. 2016 Oct 20:1-7.



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