A recent study conducted by a team of researchers finds that Fennel, an anise-flavored herb commonly used for cooking could also be effectively used in the management of post menopause symptoms including but not limited to sleeplessness, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and anxiety.
According to reports, the new study found that fennel which is famous for its numerous health benefits could be used to manage the symptoms that accompany the period of menopause without any serious side effect.
It is reported by Science Daily that fennel can also be used to manage an array of other health conditions including premenstrual symptoms and indigestion. The report also states that although the use of alternative medicine for the effective management of post menopause symptoms has been the trend in recent years, most women just seem to prefer it over hormone therapy.
Notwithstanding the fact hormone therapy (HT) is considered the most effective treatment solution used in managing symptoms that accompany menopause, most women experiencing the condition still prefer alternative medicine because of the said negative side effects linked to hormone therapy.
Meanwhile, Fennel, on the other hand, is a herb that contains essential oils, and phytoestrogen properties according to Eurekalert. The report added that Phytoestrogens are chemicals that are more like estrogen in plants and have been used over the years to effectively manage postmenopause symptoms.
While conducting the new study, the researchers administered soft capsules containing 100 mg of fennel twice daily for eight weeks to the study participants that included 79 Iranian women who were between the age of 45 to 60 years. The authors then compared the improvement levels between the intervention participants and the placebo group at four, eight, and 10 weeks.
Interestingly, they found a significant statistical difference between the two groups of participants. This made the researchers conclude that fennel is a safe and effective treatment solution for postmenopause symptoms. They also noted that it has no serious side effect.
“This small pilot study found that, on the basis of a menopause-rating scale, twice-daily consumption of fennel as a phytoestrogen improved menopause symptoms compared with an unusual minimal effect of placebo. A larger, longer, randomized study is still needed to help determine its long-term benefits and side effect profile,” executive director of NAMS, Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton said.
The researchers published the findings of the study titled “Effect of Foeniculum vulgare Mill. (fennel) on menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women: a randomized, triple-blind, placebo-controlled trial” online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).