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on Botanical Products and Estrogen presented to the American Association
for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, April 11, 1999.
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Botanical Products Act Like Estrogen in Animals, Finds University of
April 12, 1999
ADVANCE/PITTSBURGH, April 11 /PRNewswire/ via NewsEdge Corporation -- A
University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh VA Medical Center team has
provided new evidence that certain botanical products act like estrogen
in animals. The findings indicate how these agents may work to relieve
menopausal symptoms but suggest their potential danger for women who
should not take estrogen. The scientists are reporting their findings
April 11 at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer
Research in Philadelphia.
"Of the plant products we examined, we found that vitex, dang gui, (ed.
note: dong quai) American ginseng and cohosh produced estrogen-like
effects in animals," remarked Patricia Eagon, Ph.D., associate professor
of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and principal investigator
on the study. "These findings confirm reports that these plants relieve
menopausal symptoms, especially hot flashes. However, we still need to
conduct further pre-clinical tests with these substances to study their
long-term effects and to ensure that they are safe to use."
"Our results should signal a strong note of caution to women who want to
relieve menopausal symptoms but who have a family or personal history of
breast or uterine cancer," added Dr. Eagon. Estrogen is known to fuel
the growth of these cancers.
Because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate these
botanical products, many women who should not take them could end up
using them, remarked Dr. Eagon. Moreover, overuse of these remedies or
impurities in the products can lead to liver problems and blood clotting
disorders, she added.
The Pittsburgh research team found that extracts of vitex, dang gui,
American ginseng and cohosh bound directly to estrogen receptors, just
as natural estrogen would. The investigators next tested these compounds
in rats whose ovaries were removed so they could not produce significant
levels of natural estrogen. After 30 days of treatment, the researchers
found that the uterus in each rat grew heavier, an indication that this
organ had an estrogen-like response to the extracts. In addition, the
scientists found that blood levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) decreased
in these animals. Produced by the pituitary, LH triggers other organs to
make estrogen. Naturally high levels of estrogen turn off LH production.
In the treated animals, the plant extracts similarly reduced LH
production, according to the investigators.
"It appears as though these extracts work through several biological
pathways," added Dr. Eagon.
Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to relieve various
gynecological symptoms, including absent periods, painful periods and
symptoms of menopause. Vitex, or chaste berry, is a Mediterranean plant
traditionally used to relieve menopausal symptoms. Dang gui (ed. note:
dong quai) and ginseng are traditional Chinese remedies for a variety of
gynecological problems. Cohosh is a traditional American Indian cure for
menstrual pain and menopausal discomfort. Black cohosh has been shown to
relieve hot flashes in European clinical trials.
Dr. Eagon's research is supported by a breast cancer research grant from
the U.S. Army.
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