The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaceologists recently recommended herbal medicines as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for post-menopausal women specifically identifying soy, Red clover and Black cohosh (see link).
Medical herbalists usually prescribe a blend of herbs tailored to a patient’s specific situation. In 2007 Green et al. conducted a pilot randomized controlled trial involving 45 menopausal women which supported the use of herbal medicine during menopause. The study found herbal practitioners’ individualised treatment regimes improved menopausal symptoms especially hot flushes and low libido.
Green, J., Denham, A., Ingram, J., Hawkey, S and Greenwood, R. (2007). Treatment of menopausal symptoms by qualified herbal practitioners: a prospective, randomized controlled trial. Family Practice, 24(5): 468 –474.