The researchers measured the concentration of the follicle-stimulating hormone, estradiol (E-2) and luteinizing hormone prior to and after administering the herbal formula to the women. After four months of treatment, the Depression Scale scores in both sets of samples declined substantially (p 0.05) with very minimal variation between them. However, the concentration of follicle-stimulating hormone declined significantly, triggering a commensurate rise in estradiol levels in both sets even as more changes were recorded among members of the control group.
The researchers registered no side-effect of administering the drug in either group in the course of the treatment. As such, they concluded that Chinese herbal medicine (GNL) is effective in controlling symptoms of Perimenopausal depression. They recommended more research on the topic, especially on expanding the use of the medicine among a wider segment of the population.Similarly, in a 2013 research, Arkowitz and Lilienfeld sought to investigate how therapies are disproportionately popular in the United States.
Their research was based on 2008 figures released by the National Center for Health Statistics, indicated that an estimated one-fifth of American people had consumed herbal medicinal formula between 2007 and 2008. They also cited the findings of Harvard Medical School establishing that the use of herbal medicine for the control of psychological and health problems had increased almost four times during the last decade of the 20th century. Arkowitz and Lilienfeld attributed the mad rush for the herbal formula to a) expensive prescription medicines. b) the increased risk of side effects of synthetic on a significant percentage of the population, and. c) and rejuvenated interest in natural, herbal cures.
In addition, many people mistakenly believe that natural stuff is generally safer than artificial medications. However, irrespective of the public .psychological flaws, the researchers narrowed down their focus on the effectiveness of St. John’s wort in treating depression. .