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Herbs for the menopause


For immediate release: 25 July 2011

Herbs for the menopause

Many women want to try herbal remedies to combat their menopausal symptoms, but often find it difficult to know which ones to choose. Some herbs aren’t suitable for everyone, while others can cause side effects or interact with some conventional medicines. New EU regulations in May 2011 mean that registered herbal remedies have to contain the right ingredients in the right dose and must be made according to strict safety standards.

In the Summer 2011 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, research associate Alyson Huntley PhD looks at the scientific evidence behind popular herbs for the menopause, including black cohosh, red clover and St John’s wort. She also discusses the effectiveness, side effects and recommended dose of these herbs.

“Some women find that certain herbs can ease their menopausal symptoms, especially hot flushes and mood swings,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “Safety is a key issue, however, and women should speak to their doctor before taking any herbal remedies. This is particularly important if they have any chronic medical conditions, have or have had breast cancer or take any medicines regularly.”

The Menopause Exchange is completely independent – it’s not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions from individuals and healthcare professionals. Other articles in the Summer 2011 issue include continuous combined HRT, menopause skincare essentials and alcohol and smoking in relation to the menopause.

The Menopause Exchange is offering new members an 18 month subscription instead of the usual 12 month subscription until the end of October 2011.

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For more information on The Menopause Exchange, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, fax 020 8954 2783 or send an
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1. The Menopause Exchange was launched in June 1999.

2. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause to employees in the workplace and hospitals, women and women’s groups, healthcare professionals, GP practices, organisations, health clubs and at exhibitions. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.

3. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.

4. Topics covered in previous issues of the newsletter include: the perimenopause; HRT questions you forgot to ask your doctor; easing flushes and sweats without HRT; treating vaginal dryness; sleeping better at the menopause; menopause relief through your pharmacy; essential fatty acids; screening for women over 50 and premature menopause.

5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter, regular fact sheets, use of the information service and ‘Ask the Experts’ panel) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £40 for companies/national organisations; corporate (over 10 copies) and overseas memberships are available on request.

6. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.