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UCONN HEALTH CENTER STUDY
hot flashes can be a big problem for menopausal women who have had breast
cancer. Hormone replacement therapy is not recommended for these women, finding
ways to deal with frequent, long-lasting, or intense hot flashes can be
difficult and frustrating.
Health Center is studying Chinese herbal medicines to see if they can help end
or reduce hot flashes.
herbs, formulated for each woman by Herbalist Laura Mignosa of the Connecticut
Institute for Herbal Studies, will be compared to an anti-depressant found to be
effective in treating hot flashes and a placebo.
involves two months on each treatment, weekly questionnaires and periodic visits
to the Health Center. Women with a history of breast cancer, currently taking
tamoxifen, or experiencing premature menopause from chemotherapy, may be
ABOUT UCONN'S STUDY
Herbal Medicine has been around for thousands of years and is used everyday by
millions of people for all types of disharmonies. Laura Mignosa, Nationally
Certified Chinese Herbologist has studied extensively in China and the U.S. to
bring this knowledge to her practice and her teaching. She also leads
educational tours to Beijing each November to show people the integration of
Western and Chinese Medicine.
has been treating women with night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings,
vaginal dryness, anxiety or irritability for over 10 years. This study is
centered around breast cancer survivors who are taking Tamoxifen (a drug
believed to prevent a reoccurrence of breast cancer) and are suffering from
these symptoms. Chinese Herbal Medicine is not a silver bullet, but most women
respond well to the treatment which involves taking about 12 pills (made from a
tea concentrate) a day. Typically, she has observed about a 70% drop in hot
flashes and other symptoms.
explains that Chinese Herbs work so well because of the long history of using
groups of herbs to counteract any potential side-effects in treatment. Each
person presents in a different way and she treats according to how you feel, not
what diagnosis you have been given.
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