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Fang Meng, Pei-Bei Duan, Junya Zhu, Qing-Qing Lou, Zhao-Hui Fang, Hong-Li An, Lan-Ying Liu, Yue Hu, Qian Hu
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Gua sha therapy on perimenopausal symptoms, quality of life, and serum female hormones in participants with perimenopausal syndrome. METHODS: A prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial was conducted at the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China. Eighty women with perimenopausal syndrome were recruited and randomized into an intervention group or a control group...
October 10, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Nancy E Avis, Remy R Coeytaux, Beverly Levine, Scott Isom, Timothy Morgan
OBJECTIVE: To examine the trajectories of responses to acupuncture treatment for menopausal vasomotor symptoms (VMS) and the characteristics of women in each trajectory. METHODS: Two hundred nine perimenopausal and postmenopausal women aged 45 to 60 years experiencing at least four VMS per day were recruited and randomized to receive up to 20 acupuncture treatments within 6 months or to a waitlist control group. The primary outcome was percent change from baseline in the mean daily VMS frequency...
September 26, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Yuanqing Li, Xiaoshu Zhu, Alan Bensussan, Pingping Li, Eugene Moylan, Geoff Delaney, Luke McPherson
Objective. This systematic review was conducted to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and safety of herbal medicine (HM) as an alternative management for hot flushes induced by endocrine therapy in breast cancer patients. Methods. Key English and Chinese language databases were searched from inception to July 2015. Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) evaluating the effects of HM on hot flushes induced by endocrine therapy in women with breast cancer were retrieved. We conducted data collection and analysis in accordance with the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Yen-Ying Kung, Cheryl C H Yang, Jen-Hwey Chiu, Terry B J Kuo
OBJECTIVE: To develop heart rate variability (HRV) patterns for peri- and postmenopausal insomnia (PI) by the yin/yang concept of Chinese medicine (CM). METHODS: Seventy-four peri- and postmenopausal women (average age 56.6±1.0 years) with insomnia were enrolled in the study. HRV and the Chinese version of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (CPSQI) were recorded. The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Indices were derivative from the low frequency (LF), high frequency (HF) and ratio of LF to HF (LF/HF) components of the HRV...
June 29, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Oscar H Franco, Rajiv Chowdhury, Jenna Troup, Trudy Voortman, Setor Kunutsor, Maryam Kavousi, Clare Oliver-Williams, Taulant Muka
IMPORTANCE: Between 40% and 50% of women in Western countries use complementary therapies to manage menopausal symptoms. OBJECTIVE: To determine the association of plant-based therapies with menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. DATA SOURCES: The electronic databases Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Central were systematically searched to identify eligible studies published before March 27, 2016. Reference lists of the included studies were searched for further identification of relevant studies...
June 21, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Amy G W Gong, Kei M Lau, Miranda L Xu, Huang Q Lin, Tina T X Dong, Ken Y Z Zheng, K J Zhao, Karl W K Tsim
BACKGROUND: Danggui Buxue Tang (DBT), a Chinese herbal decoction containing Astragali Radix (AR; roots of Astragalus memebranaceus (Fisch.) Bunge var. mongholicus (Bunge) Hsiao) and Angelicae Sinensis Radix (ASR; roots of Angelica sinensis Oliv.) at a weight ratio of 5:1, is used to improve menopausal syndromes in women. Several lines of evidence indicate that DBT has strong estrogenic property; however, the action mechanism of this herbal decoction is not known. Calycosin, a major flavonoid in AR, shares similar structure with β-estradiol, and thus which is hypothesized to be the key compound of DBT in responsible for such estrogenic properties...
August 2, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
J Lu, R N S Wong, L Zhang, R Y L Wong, T B Ng, K F Lee, Y B Zhang, L X Lao, J Y Liu, S C W Sze
Rhizomes of Dioscorea species are traditionally used for relieving menopausal syndromes in Chinese medicine. The estrogen-stimulating bioactive principles have been demonstrated in our previous study. In this study, the estrogen-stimulating effects of proteins isolated from four Dioscorea species [D. alata L. (DA), D. zingiberensis C.H. Wright (DH), D. collettii var. hypoglauca (Palib.) S.J. Pei & C.T. Ting (DH), and D. oppositifolia L. (DO)] have been investigated and compared. Microscopic authentication of four Dioscorea species was performed by using paraffin and powder sections of the rhizomes...
September 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Kun Ma, Yan-xia Chen
Perimenopausal syndrome refers to a series of physical and mental symptoms ,caused by the fluctuation of the sex hormones in the menopause, which is one of the common diseases in gynecology. With the acceleration of the aging population ir the world, it has caused the world's attention. Modern medicine has developed rapidly in the field of basic theory and clinical research, but there are still some problems in the treatment. Clinical treatment is mainly in hormone replacement therapy, but there are some potential risks, adverse reactions and many contraindications, thereby reducing patients' compliance and tolerance...
October 2015: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Sarah Eisenhardt, Johannes Fleckenstein
Climacteric syndrome refers to recurring symptoms such as hot flashes, chills, headache, irritability and depression. This is usually experienced by menopausal women and can be related to a hormonal reorganization in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, originating 1000s of years ago, above-mentioned symptoms can be interpreted on the basis of the philosophic diagnostic concepts, such as the imbalance of Yin and Yang, the Zang-Fu and Basic substances (e.g. Qi, Blood and Essence)...
July 2016: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Xiaoshu Zhu, Yuklan Liew, Zhao Lan Liu
BACKGROUND: Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) usage is expected to increase as women suffering from menopausal symptoms are seeking alternative therapy due to concerns from the adverse effects (AEs) associated with hormone therapy (HT). Scientific evidence for their effectiveness and safety is needed. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of CHM in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Gynaecology and Fertility Group's Specialised Register of controlled trials, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; 2015, Issue 3), MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, AMED, and PsycINFO (from inception to March 2015)...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Hye Won Lee, Ji Hee Jun, Ki-Jung Kil, Byong-Seob Ko, Choong Hwan Lee, Myeong Soo Lee
Danggui Shaoyao San (DSS), a traditional herbal prescription, has long been used to treat menopause-related symptoms, including dysmenorrhea. We conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy of DSS for dysmenorrhea. We searched the following electronic databases through October 2015: PubMed; EMBASE; the Cochrane Library; AMED; five Korean databases (KoreaMed, DBPIA, OASIS, RISS, and KISS); three Chinese databases (CNKI, Wan Fang Database, and VIP), and one Japanese database (CiNii)...
March 2016: Maturitas
Inthrani Raja Indran, Ryan Lim Zhen Liang, Tan Ee Min, Eu-Leong Yong
The morbidity and mortality associated with fractures due to osteoporosis or "porous bone" contributes significantly to global healthcare costs and will increase exponentially with ageing populations. In menopausal women, the onset of menopause and rapid estrogen withdrawal leads to osteoporotic fractures. Healthy bone requires the coordinated remodeling function of osteoclasts, osteoblasts, and osteocytes in the basic bone multicellular unit, regulated by estrogen, RANKL/OPG, ROS, growth factors, and other kinase signaling pathways...
June 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Carolyn Ee, Charlie Xue, Patty Chondros, Stephen P Myers, Simon D French, Helena Teede, Marie Pirotta
BACKGROUND: Hot flashes (HFs) affect up to 75% of menopausal women and pose a considerable health and financial burden. Evidence of acupuncture efficacy as an HF treatment is conflicting. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of Chinese medicine acupuncture against sham acupuncture for menopausal HFs. DESIGN: Stratified, blind (participants, outcome assessors, and investigators, but not treating acupuncturists), parallel, randomized, sham-controlled trial with equal allocation...
February 2, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
Fei Li, Xiaolin Yang, Jianping Bi, Zhonglin Yang, Chunfeng Zhang
Context Eucommiae Cortex and Radix Dipsaci, occurring in a ratio of 1:1 in Du-Zhong-Wan (DZW), a Chinese herbal medicine, is available as a water extract followed by ethanol precipitation for the treatment of osteoporosis, fractures and menopausal syndrome. Objective This study investigates the protective effects of DZW in ovariectomy (OVX)-induced bone loss in a rat osteopenia model. Materials and methods Sixty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into the sham-operated group (SHAM) and five OVX subgroups: OVX with vehicle (OVX), 17β-estradiol (E2) and with three graded doses of DZW...
September 2016: Pharmaceutical Biology
Su-Juan Wang, Wei Yue, Khalid Rahman, Hai-Liang Xin, Qiao-Yan Zhang, Lu-Ping Qin, Hong Zhang
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a theoretical based system and is completely different from western medicine and states that numerous diseases, especially chronic diseases, are cured or relieved. "Zheng" (syndrome) is a summarization of the pathological changes which take place during the different stages of the development of a disease, including its location, cause and nature as well as the state of both Xie-qi (pathogenic factors) and Zheng-qi (healthy energy). Compared to a single symptom, syndrome can demonstrate the nature of a disease more extensively, completely and correctly...
2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Ming-Cheng Huang, Fu-Tzu Pai, Che-Chen Lin, Ching-Mao Chang, Hen-Hong Chang, Yu-Chen Lee, Mao-Feng Sun, Hung-Rong Yen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Large-scale study of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) usage among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is lacking. The aim of this study is to evaluate the TCM usage among RA patients in Taiwan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined the "registry for catastrophic illness patient dataset" of the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD; n=23 million people) in Taiwan. Patients (n=25,263) newly diagnosed as RA in 2001-2009 were included and then followed-up until the end of 2011...
December 24, 2015: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Wenbo Peng, David W Sibbritt, Louise Hickman, Jon Adams
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between self-prescribed complementary and alternative medicine use and menopause-related symptoms, stratified by menopausal status. METHODS: Data were obtained from a cross-sectional survey of a nationally representative sample of 10,011 menopausal women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, conducted in 2010. Multivariable logistic regression models were applied to identify if the use of selected self-prescribed complementary and alternative medicine was significantly associated with a range of menopause-related symptoms...
October 2015: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Yan-Qiu Rao, Jun Li, Wen-Jun Wang
This study aimed to evaluate the beneficial effects of a traditional Chinese medicine named Gengnianchun (GNC) in ovariectomized Sprague-Dawley rats. The rats were randomly categorized into sham-operated group (Sham), saline-treated ovariectomized group (OVX), GNC-treated ovariectomized group (OVX+GNC), estradiol valerate-treated ovariectomized group (OVX+E). GNC and estradiol was administered for 1 month at dosages of 125 and 0.1 mg/day, respectively. Ovariectomy caused deterioration of learning and memory ability (P < 0...
2015: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Shiwei Wang, Yao Tong, Tzi-Bun Ng, Lixing Lao, Jenny Ka Wing Lam, Kalin Yanbo Zhang, Zhang-Jin Zhang, Stephen Cho Wing Sze
BACKGROUND: Erxian decoction (EXD) is used to treat menopause-related symptoms in Chinese medicine. This study aims to identify the bioactive compounds and potential actions of EXD by network pharmacological analysis. METHODS: Two databases, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Systems Pharmacology database and TCM Database@Taiwan, were used to retrieve literature of phytochemicals of EXD. STITCH 4.0 and the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database were used to search for compound-protein and compound-gene interactions, respectively...
2015: Chinese Medicine
Min Wei, Sheng Z Zheng, Ye Lu, Daniel Liu, Hong Ma, Gail B Mahady
OBJECTIVE: Menoprogen (MPG), a traditional Chinese medicine formula for menopause, improves menopausal symptoms; however, its mechanism remains unknown. Previous studies have shown that MPG is not directly estrogenic; thus, the goal of this study was to investigate the effects of MPG on insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1) levels in an aged female rat model of menopause. METHODS: In a six-arm study, 14-month-old female Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 8 per arm) were randomly divided into the following groups: untreated aged, 17β-estradiol-treated aged (estradiol [E2]), and three arms with increasing doses of MPG (162, 324, or 648 mg/kg/d)...
October 2015: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
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