Hormone-driven changes can decrease quality of life for more than half of perimenopausal women, leading to upsets in marriage, careers and pleasure. Symptoms include heart palpitations, headaches and hot flashes. Healing with alternative remedies has been popular in the past few years due to studies that have reported heart problems with the traditional hormone replacement therapy. Now potential alternative supplements containing Siberian rhubarb root are approaching the market with promising results.
Alternative treatments for hot flashes have varied from red clover, chaste berry, and black cohosh to other herbs holding phytoestrogens. According to www.webmd, hot flashes affect up to 80 percent of menopausal women. 1 in 3 has enough severity to disrupt daily routines. Hot flashes occur when blood vessels close to the skin of the head and neck open wider than they should, pooling too much blood to the area. Along with a sugar laden, refined flour diet, anxiety and stress intensify hot flashes, according to Dr. Christine Northrup, author of “The Wisdom of Menopause.”
Siberian rhubarb root holds a key ingredient, a phytoestrogen known as ERr731.
Phytoestrogens are natural hormones compounded in plants. They bind to estrogen receptors in the body which has a balancing effect. Natural treatments have a more gradual effect than traditional synthetic hormone treatment.
Studies Show Promising Results
Researchers have results showing ERr731 can reduce symptoms in perimenopausal women by 50 percent. According to www.pubmed.gov, a random controlled study with women 45-55 years of age, all claiming mild to severe menopausal problems, was performed for 12 weeks. Half of the women took placebos while the other swallowed ERr731. At the end of the 12 weeks, the women consuming the placebos had significant menopausal symptoms while those taking the ERr731 supplement had reduced problems. There were no side effects for those taking the phytoestrogen.
ERr731 is effective and safe for long time treatment in perimenopausal women, according to a 48 week study published in the “Menopause” journal. Siberian rhubarb root has been used in Europe since 1993 and is better tolerated than synthetic hormone replacement. It is now available in the United States market and is known as Estrovera. manufactured by Metagenics. The main ingredient is ERr731. Treatment should be supervised under the care of a health practitioner for several months for effective results.
“The Wisdom of Menopause”; Christine Northrup, M. D.; 2001