Therapeutic effects of puerarin on polycystic ovary syndrome. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Therapeutic effects of puerarin on polycystic ovary syndrome: A randomized trial in Chinese women.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2021 May 28 ;100(21):e26049. PMID: 34032731
BACKGROUND: This study aims to assess the therapeutic effects of a well-known component (puerarin) obtained from a Chinese herb root in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
METHODS: Women with premature ovarian failure (POF) were assigned to the obese group (body mass index [BMI]≥24 kg/m2 and waist hip ratio [WHR]>0.85) or non-obese group (group 3, n = 21). Obese patients were further randomly assigned to the obese treatment group (group 1, n = 15) and obese control group (group 1, n = 15). All patients received standard treatment (Diane-35, 1 tablet/d, orally, plus metformin, 1.5 g/d, orally). In addition to the standard modality, patients in group 1 and group 3 also orally received 150 mg/d of puerarin tablets for 3 months. Venous blood was drawn before and after treatment. Then, the metabolic and antioxidant biomarkers were measured. The normality of distribution of the data was tested using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov method. The baseline characteristics were analyzed using one-factor analysis of variance (ANOVA), and post-hoc was performed using the least significance difference (LSD)-t test.
RESULTS: Significantly improved blood levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) were observed in patients who received the additional treatment of puerarin, regardless of their lean or obese status, while these were not observed in patients who did not receive puerarin. Furthermore, obese patients with PCOS had significantly lower systolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, and testosterone blood levels, when compared with before treatment.
CONCLUSION: The addition of puerarin to the present treatment protocol can be considered for the management of metabolic disorders and hyperandrogenism in PCOS patients.