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women's herbal combination
What Is It?
General Interaction
Cautions


What Is It?

As indicated by its name, a women's herbal combination provides several herbs in one convenient capsule, sparing you the inconvenience of taking an assortment of products. Standard components include such traditional "female-healthy" herbs as black cohosh, chasteberry, dong quai, and soy. Many contain additional herbs such as milk thistle and dandelion root that can help with specific symptoms, as well as key nutrients such as calcium, vitamins E, C, and B, and magnesium.

Although these combination products typically contain less of each herb than WholeHealthMD recommends, the overall effect of a combination may be just fine for putting the brakes on hot flashes and other discomforts associated with perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms. For younger women, PMS discomforts such as breast tenderness or bloating may be relieved as well. Experiment with different combinations to find a product that's most effective for your set of symptoms.

Before trying a women's herbal combination, read the label carefully to make sure it contains key ingredients such as black cohosh, chasteberry, and dong quai. Then check the number of milligrams of each ingredient to ascertain that the amount approximates the low end of the doses recommended for individual herbs or nutrients in our WholeHealthMD Reference Library.

General Interaction

The amount of each individual ingredient in a woman's herbal combination product is usually quite small. The best approach for anyone concerned about possible interactions with a drug or dietary supplement is to refer to the separate entries (black cohosh, dandelion, dong quai, soy) in our WholeHealthMD Reference Library.

Cautions

See individual entries in the WholeHealthMD Reference Library for cautions on specific ingredients contained in your women's herbal combination.


Date Published: 04/19/2005
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