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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1074-1078

The effect of herbal tea capsule on menopause hot flashes

1 Nursing Care Research Center, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Midwifery and Nursing School, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Dr. Masoomeh Kheirkhah
Assistant Professor, Nursing Care Research Center, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_332_17

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Background: Menopause, during which women experience many problems, including hot flashes, is a natural stage in the life of women. One of the duties of midwives is the promotion of women's health during menopause. Herbal remedies are well received and accepted by the community. This study was conducted to determine the effect of herbal tea capsule on hot flashes during menopause. Methods: The present randomized, clinical trial study was conducted on 82 women who complained of hot flashes during their menopause period. The samples were randomly divided into two groups, each including 41 subjects. One group received 450 mg of herbal extracts daily and the other group received starch gelatin capsules daily for 8 weeks. The capsules were similar in appearance. After the intervention, the mean hot flash score was determined using the registration form of the severity, duration, and number of hot flashes before, 4, and 8 weeks after the intervention. Statistical analysis of collected data was conducted using t-test, Chi-square, Friedman, Wilcoxon, and Mann–Whitney tests. Results: The mean score of hot flashes, in the placebo group, was 0.62 ± 0.63 before intervention, 4.24 ± 3.26 four weeks after intervention, and 4.42 ± 1.93 eight weeks after intervention; in the herbal tea group, this rate turned out to be 1.65 ± 1.42 before intervention, 3.8 ± 1.36 four weeks after intervention, and 1.74 ± 4.88 eight weeks after intervention. Hence, there was a significant difference between the groups in terms of severity and duration of hot flashes. Conclusion: Taking herbal tea capsules for at least 1 month is recommended for treating hot flashes of women during pregnancy. It is recommended that these herbs be used as herbal supplement.

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