THE EFFECT OF QUINCE PASTE ON MENORRHAGIA: A CLINICAL STUDYAbstract
Introduction: Menorrhagia that means excessive uterine bleeding is one the most common reasons that women refer to gynecological centers. Despite the use of “Quince paste” in Iranian Traditional Medicine (ITM) clinics, no studies have been done in this regard. Objectives: This study was carried out to investigate the effect of “Quince paste” on uterine bleeding in patients with menorrhagia. Materials and methods: This study was a clinical trial of before-after pilot study conducted on 35 patients aged 18-50 years suffering from menorrhagia. A tea spoonful of “Quince paste” after each meal was prescribed for two months. A pictorial form was completed to determine bleeding volumes and days as well as quality of life questionnaire before and at the end of the intervention. Results: Patients age was 33.8 ± 10.8 years and BMI was 28.94 ± 14.07. Bleeding score decreased significantly after two months of intervention (from 264.2 ± 198.9 to 125.8±155.9), (p<0.001). Quality of life score decreased significantly from 30.28 ± 5.73 to 22.02 ± 3 (p<0.001). Bleeding days decreased significantly in comparison with the baseline because of the treatment (p<0.001). Conclusion: It seems like that “Quince paste” can reduce the volume and duration of bleeding in patients with menorrhagia and improve their quality of life. It seems that “Quince paste” could be introduced as a treatment for menorrhagia based on ITM.
M. Bahman, A. Mirahi, H. Hajimehdipoor and M. Tansaz*
Department of Traditional Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
16 July, 2017
28 September, 2017
27 January, 2018
01 April, 2018