Follow the link below to read the full article, but the author of the BBC news report below quotes from Jenny's latest news item on our site in refernce to the article Cancer fear over herb used to help relieve hot flushes' Daily Mail Monday November 10th 2008 www.herbsociety.org.uk/current-news.htm for those that haven't seen it yet.
There is no convincing evidence that herbal remedies commonly taken to relieve troublesome menopausal symptoms actually work, say experts.
And some 'natural' treatments, like black cohosh, can cause serious harm, says the Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB).
But herbalists said a lack of proof did not mean the treatments lacked effect.
Polls suggest 40% of UK women have used complementary and alternative therapies for their menopausal symptoms.
Common remedies include red clover, Dong quai and evening primrose oil.
Others include ginseng, wild yam extract, chaste tree, hops, sage leaf, and kava kava.
A lack of evidence does not necessarily mean a lack of effect
Jenny Jones of the Herb Society