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Depression can often be hereditary. When Jane was a teenager she visited her mother in the hospital and remembers seeing her “all doped up” and in bad shape. Jane vowed never to end up like her mother and refused the medication I prescribed. She was very interested in natural forms of healing, however, and was willing to take St. John’s wort. Over the next few weeks Jane improved; soon all her symptoms of depression disappeared, and she was in remission. When prescribing a drug for depression, many physicians advise patients to stay on the medication for nine to twelve months in order to prevent a relapse of depression.
5 Coon et al. also did a meta-analysis. 9 Safety of Red Clover The majority of the research seems to indicate that red clover is relatively safe from the standpoint of stimulating endometrial lining and breast tissue. There does not seem to be the same risk as taking hormone replacement therapy. indd 30 7/15/14 1:44 PM Red Clover for Menopausal Symptoms At least forty-five studies of over 430,000 women exposed to preparations containing isoflavones seem to suggest that red clover either has cancer-preventive effects or does not have cancer-promoting effects (breast and endometrium) and that there is no increased cancer risk.
The Science behind Black Cohosh Remifemin, distributed by GlaxoSmithKline, is the name given to black cohosh extract, an herbal remedy corresponding to 20 mg of crude drug, and standardized to 1 percent of 27-deoxyacetine. Borrelli and Ernst did a review of six randomized, double-blind, controlled trials on Remifemin involving a total of 1,112 women. While evidence gathered does not consistently demonstrate an effect of black cohosh on menopausal symptoms, a beneficial effect of black cohosh on symptoms was found for women in perimenopause.