The Use of Herbs and Dietary Supplements in Gynecology: An Evidence-Based Review

Cathi E. Dennehy, PharmD

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J Midwifery Womens Health. 2006;51(6):402-409. 

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Summary

Ideally, herbs and supplements should be evaluated for proof of efficacy in randomized clinical trials prior to use in a clinical setting. Unfortunately, Food and Drug Administration regulation under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act does not currently require this level of support before products are marketed to consumers. This evidence-based review summarizes herbs and dietary supplements that might be useful in alleviating certain gynecologic conditions. Therapies that carry a higher level of support include black cohosh for menopause; vitamins B1 and E for dysmenorrheal; calcium, vitamin B6, and chasteberry for PMS; and chasteberry for cyclic mastalgia. There were too few randomized clinical trials involving herbs and dietary supplements in infertility to warrant a solid recommendation, but chasteberry, antioxidants, and Fertility Blend have some preliminary support.

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