Yes, depressive mood is one of the menopausal symptoms against which a dry extract of rhubarb root has been found to be effective. This is not the culture rhubarb from which we make compote or cake. It's a special strain called Siberian or Rhapontic rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum).
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The effectiveness of Siberian rhubarb for various symptoms of menopause has been known in Asia and also in Norway since time immemorial. However, it has also been reviewed and proven in the context of drug approval. Including a double-blind, placebo-controlled study - a study design that meets the current highest scientific standard.
Effect on estrogen receptors in the brain
The rhubarb's so-called phyto-estrogens probably exert their effect via certain estrogen receptors to which they can bind and which are also found in the brain. A depressive mood, which is based on a relative estrogen deficiency or the hormonal shifts during the menopause, can be alleviated. Take into account the required lead time, which is often 2-4 weeks from the beginning of the intake.
However, if your mood is very severe or persists for an extended period of time, you should definitely consult a doctor, regardless of the herbal treatment.
Author: Dr. med. Jörg Zorn
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