New Natural Treatment That Works for Menopause Symptoms

Dr. Sharon Orrange
Dr. Orrange is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric, Hospitalist and General Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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It works. It really works, and it’s over the counter and not an estrogen. Relizen, a pollen extract product, is effective for improving hot flushes and sleeplessness from menopause.

What is important to note is unlike other supplements used for menopause symptoms, Relizen is not a phytoestrogen. Relizen does not seem to work by mimicking estrogen, which is good because you don’t have to worry about the effects of estrogen related substances on the breast or uterus.

Phytoestrogens are naturally-occurring plant compounds that are structurally and/or functionally similar to estrogens. Relizen is not a phytoestrogen and this makes it an interesting non-estrogenic alternative to hormone replacement therapy, especially in women with a history of breast cancer. A recent study found Relizen to be effective and safe in women with a history of breast cancer taking tamoxifen.

What is Relizen? It is a powdered pollen extract harvested in southern Sweden and the daily dose is one to two tablets a day. Sixty-eight percent of women taking Relizen had improvement in their menopause symptoms compared to thirty-eight percent taking placebo. Relizen has been widely available in Europe under a variety of names, including Femal, since 1999, and has had no reported adverse effects. Noven Pharmaceuticals began distributing the supplement in the United States earlier this year so you can buy it over the counter or online. Tell us if it works for you.

Dr O.

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