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Common traditional Chinese medicinal herbs for dysmenorrhea.

Abstract

Dysmenorrhea is painful menstrual cramps, which negatively impacts the quality of life of those diagnosed. The paper reviews traditional Chinese medicine's treatment of dysmenorrhea through the use of combination-herbal-formula therapeutics. These herbal treatments are effective for dysmenorrhea with minimal side effects. Pharmacological studies suggest Chinese herbal dysmenorrhea therapies likely decrease prostaglandin levels, modulate nitric oxide, increase plasma beta-endorphin (beta-EP) levels, block calcium-channels and improve microcirculation. Conventional therapy for dysmenorrhea, which usually includes non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), provides symptomatic relief but has increasing adverse effects with long-term use. Therefore, Chinese herbal medicines, including simple herbal and combination formulas, are perhaps the ideal therapeutics of choice.

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    The School of Pharmacy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. Weijia@sjtu.edu.cn

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    Phytotherapy research : PTR 20:10 2006 Oct pg 819-24

    MeSH

    Drug Combinations
    Drugs, Chinese Herbal
    Dysmenorrhea
    Female
    Humans
    Phytotherapy

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    16835873

    Citation

    Jia, Wei, et al. "Common Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs for Dysmenorrhea." Phytotherapy Research : PTR, vol. 20, no. 10, 2006, pp. 819-24.
    Jia W, Wang X, Xu D, et al. Common traditional Chinese medicinal herbs for dysmenorrhea. Phytother Res. 2006;20(10):819-24.
    Jia, W., Wang, X., Xu, D., Zhao, A., & Zhang, Y. (2006). Common traditional Chinese medicinal herbs for dysmenorrhea. Phytotherapy Research : PTR, 20(10), pp. 819-24.
    Jia W, et al. Common Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs for Dysmenorrhea. Phytother Res. 2006;20(10):819-24. PubMed PMID: 16835873.
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