Hot flashes, mood swings, and fatigue – menopause is not a glorious experience. Luckily for lady tea drinkers out there -a new study has found that women can lower menopause symptoms with tea.
According to a new study published in the latest edition of Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society women going through menopause had less symptoms when they took a Chinese herbal formula. This formula was Er-xian decoction (EXD), which is a blend of the roots, stems or leaves of six different Chinese herbs. It significantly lowered the frequency of daily hot flashes by 62 percent, compared to the 52-percent drop seen among the women taking a placebo.
University of Hong Kong professor Yao Tong and colleagues who conducted the study gave the herbal mix as a tea mixture to 101 menopausal women in their 40s and 50s. In each study participant drank the formula twice a day for 12 weeks. Half of them consumed a 15 gram dose while the others drank a blend of tea, caramel and gardenin.
Researcher Katherine Newton, who studied herbal menopause therapies at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, told Kerry Grens of Reuters Health that the effect was “modest” and that she wanted to see more studies to prove that the herbs were safe to use. She notes that this study makes EXD seem like a promising possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy, once it goes through further testing.
This way to lower menopause symptoms with tea is a great step forward. To think that just using herbal tea mixtures can have this kind of effect is amazing. Think of what else can be accomplished in the world of tea leaves. The ability to lower menopause symptoms with tea is just the first step – tea really can make your day better, now in more ways than one.