Chinese Herbal Drug Reduces Menopausal Hot Flashes: Study

Chinese Herbal Drug Reduces Menopausal Hot Flashes: Study

According to a new study, a Chinese herbal drug, EXD, effectively reduces the menopausal hot flashes. EXD is called as Ex-xian decoction and consists of compounds that are extracted from leaves stems or roots of six different Chinese herbs. After being processed into granules, these are packed into tea sachets.

The study was published in the latest edition of Menopause, The Journal of The North American Menopause Society. The findings revealed that the symptoms were reduced in 62% women who took EXD, whereas placebo helped 52% women to cope with menopausal hot flashes.

Professor Yao Tong, University of Hong Kong, said, "The Chinese herbal formula EXD is superior to placebo in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes and in improving menopausal symptoms in Hong Kong perimenopausal women".

The researchers added that there were no serious adverse events in either group or any risk related to liver functioning. Also, the whole blood counts were within the normal range before and after the treatment.

Yao Tong and colleagues gave the herbal mix as a tea mixture to 101 menopausal women in their 40s and 50s to figure out the efficacy of the drug. The findings revealed that EXD reduced the hot flashes from 5.8 per day to 2.2 per day, whereas the frequency of hot flashes in the placebo group reduced from 5 per day to 2.5 per day.