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Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine
Research and Clinical Center for Infertility, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences of Yazd
ISSN: 1680-6433
EISSN: 2008-2177
Vol. 14, No. 3, 2016, pp. 155-166
Bioline Code: rm16020
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2016, pp. 155-166

 en The efficacy of Iranian herbal medicines in alleviating hot flashes: A systematic review
Ghazanfarpour, Masumeh; Sadeghi, Ramin; Abdolahian, Somayeh & Roudsari, Robab Latifnejad

Abstract

Background: Hot flashes are the most common symptoms experienced by women around the time of menopause. Many women are interested in herbal medicines because of fear of side effects of hormone therapy.
Objective: The aim of this systematic review was to assess the effectiveness of Iranian herbal medicines in alleviating hot flashes.
Materials and Methods: MEDLINE (1966 to January 2015), Scopus (1996 to January 2015), and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (The Cochrane Library, issue 1, 2015) were searched along with, SID, Iran Medex, Magiran, Medlib and Irandoc. Nineteen randomized controlled trials met the inclusion criteria.
Results: Overall, studies showed that Anise ( Pimpinella anisum check for this species in other resources ), licorice ( Glycyrrhizaglabra check for this species in other resources ), Soy, Black cohosh, Red clover, Evening primrose, Flaxseed, Salvia officinalis check for this species in other resources , Passiflora check for this species in other resources ،itex Agnus Castus, Piascledine (Avacado plus soybean oil), St. John's wort ( Hypericum perforatum check for this species in other resources ), and valerian can alleviate the side effects of hot flashes.
Conclusion: This research demonstrated the efficacy of herbal medicines in alleviating hot flashes, which are embraced both with people and health providers of Iran Therefore, herbal medicine can be seen as an alternative treatment for women experiencing hot flashes.

Keywords
Herbal medicines; Hot flash; Iranian; Systematic review

 
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