Schisandra may relieve hot flashes
Schisandra chinensis is one of 50 fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine, whose name translates as “fiveflavor berry,” because it is salty, sweet, sour, pungent, and bitter. In this study, 36 women, aged 40 to 70, who reported menopausal symptoms, took a placebo or 196 mg of schisandra extract per day for six weeks. Doctors followed up for an additional six weeks while all the women kept a daily diary and answered a questionnaire at the start of the study, and at six and 12 weeks.

After six weeks, for women taking schisandra, symptoms including hot flashes, sweating, tingling skin sensations, disturbed sleep, irritability and depressed mood, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, joint pain, headache had decreased by an overall symptom score of 21.6 percent, and by 41.2 percent at 12 weeks. The placebo group saw lower levels of improvement. Women taking schisandra reported the most consistent relief for symptoms of hot flashes and sweating.

Reference: Climacteric; 2016, Vol. 19, No. 6, 574-80.
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