500,000 Australian women use alternative menopause therapy â€“ study (The Guardian, August 2015)
â€“ why did this study report that natural therapies were not effective?
The information provided in this article in â€˜The Guardianâ€™ and the study referred to about menopausal women is revealing for many reasons, some of these being:
â€“ Yes, it seems many women are seeking natural and alternative solutions to their health concerns, in this case with menopause. Indeed numbers of individuals using alternative therapies is increasing(www.abs.gov.au), and
â€“ Yes, these therapies are often NOT prescribed by a qualified therapist, so
â€“ No, they may not be effective for many women as non prescribed natural therapies do not take into account each individuals health profile, quality of the retail products can vary, compliance is unclear and effective dosage for each person can be quite different.
The Victorian Government BetterHealth website advises: â€ There is a lot of information available about complementary or alternative menopause treatments. Some of this information comes from unreliable sources â€¦ The best way to use herbal medicines is for them to be prescribed by a trained natural therapist â€ (www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
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