Why was this study done?
To determine the effects of a traditional Japanese (Kempo) formula, EH0202 (which includes pumpkin seeds (Cucurbita moschata), plantain seeds (Plantago asiatica), Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), and safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)) on symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
What did the study find?
After taking 800 mg daily of EH0202 for 3 months, women reported statistically significant improvements for abdominal cramps, low back pain, swollen breasts, acne, breast pain, constipation, nervousness, sleepiness, temper, and reduction of concentration.
The effect of health food containing EH0202 on physical and mental symptoms accompanying menstruation in women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Authors: Kubo, M, et al. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapy 2004. 14(2):129-142.
PDF Manuscript: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapy 2004 (Note: In Chinese)