Women’s health

ABSTRACT Endometriosis is one of the most destructive benign diseases of women. It is established as developing and being present in upward of 70% of adolescents who do not experience relief of menstrual pain with use of oral contraceptives and anti-inflammatory drugs. It occurs in 8%–10% of women in the United States and is most prevalent in developed countries. Symptoms of endometriosis include disabling pain, hemorrhagic uterine bleeding, and infertility. Women with disease can expect a 12% hysterectomy rate. While present medical therapy may offer relief of many symptoms, there have been no major new directions in pharmacologic therapy since ...
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Women experience acute myocardial infarctions (AMI) 10 years later than men – evidence that estrogen is protective is not consistent. Ovulatory disturbances (low progesterone but normal estradiol levels) silently occur in >33% of all cycles. Progesterone-based (cycle-timed serum or saliva) levels or urinary metabolite excretions are necessary to diagnose silent ovulatory disturbances within regular, normal length menstrual cycles. Progesterone acts biphasically in vitro – initial proliferation changes to differentiation. It also suppresses or complements estradiol’s actions. Basic and clinical studies show that progesterone is positively related to endothelial function/blood flow, influences vascular smooth muscle cells and cardiac electrical signals ...
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Plant based natural products have been proposed as alternatives to the use of hormones for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, which has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and coronary artery disease. Specific herbal compounds such as Thai Kudzu root (Pueraria mirifica) have shown beneficial effects in the treatment of peri-menopausal symptoms and menopausal-related osteoporosis when used as an adjunct or as a single medicine. Pueraria mirifica has been used in conjunction with Vitex Berry (Vitex agnus-castus), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Sage (Salvia officinalis and S. miltiorrhiza), and Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa), with the optional addition ...
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Estriol, coined the “weaker” of the three endogenous estrogens, has significant therapeutic effects, some of which are little known to clinicians. Estriol provides numerous clinical benefits, commanding the attention of researchers dating as far back as 1966 and continues to garner substantial consideration as a valuable and viable therapeutic agent. Some of the most common and effective treatments that employ estriol include: hot flashes, insomnia, skin enhancement, vaginal atrophy and reduced frequency of urinary tract infections. Most recently, estriol has shown the potential to treat individuals with Th1-mediated autoimmune illnesses, including multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. This review article ...
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Glycyrrhiza may be appropriate as an adjunctive therapy for a variety of disorders involving mild adrenal insufficiency, low aldosterone output, or hyperkalemia due to effects on 11-β-HSD enzymes, direct effects at mineralocorticoid receptors, and downstream effects on aldosterone as well as fluid and electrolyte balance. Glycyrrhiza has also been shown to help correct hyperkalemia that may result from spirolactone therapy in PCOS. Patients with orthostatic hypotension may respond to Glycyrrhiza therapy due to its ability to improve blood volume and potassium levels and reduce activation of baroreceptors. >> Hear Dr. Jillian Stansbury Speak at the Restorative Medicine Conference! << ...
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Pueraria mirifica, a member of the Leguminoseae family, is an herb indigenous to Thailand and has been researched extensively for its beneficial effects in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Puerarin, the main isoflavone component of Pueraria mirifica, modulates estrogen receptor expression and could be a safe alternative for the treatment of estrogen dependent conditions. Pueraria also contains the phytoestrogen miroestrol, which functions as a selective estrogen receptor modulator by competitively binding to estrogen and blocking excessive estrogen receptor stimulation. Pueraria root extract has no known side effects and no known drug interactions have been reported. Its beneficial effects on ...
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