Effects of kiwi-fruit seaweed extract on the metabolism of female reproductive hormones

Fu, Lulu (2014) Effects of kiwi-fruit seaweed extract on the metabolism of female reproductive hormones. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


Hormonal fluctuations are known to affect a female’s quality of life during the different stages of their lifespan. In middle-aged women, hormonal fluctuations are especially known to impact on their mental and physical health. During the peri- menopausal years, a woman’s health can deteriorate and unfortunately may eventuate in severe diseases. The perspective on conventional and Chinese medicine is that there are interventions available for hormone-related diseases. Within the conventional medical field, little is known about the interventions available within Chinese medicine (CM) practice and even less is known of the efficiency of Chinese Medicine interventions, even within the Chinese medicine practice. Conventional Medicine and Chinese medicine both rely on diagnosis as a pre-requisite to prescribing intervention. However, the main difference between the two medical fields is that diagnosis in Chinese medicine relies on patterns of dysfunction of the Chinese medicine organ systems, rather than any underlying causes explained in terms of a pathophysiological malfunction. The aim of this research was to investigate the effects of a Chinese food formula, Kiwi-Fruit Seaweed Extract (KFE), on the regulation of the biomarker 2-hydroxyoestrone:16α-hydroxyoestrone, relating to thermography changes and magnetic field changes in the woman’s breast. The magnetic field changes which indicated by the pulsed electromagnetic field test overlaid the Liver Meridian, Kidney Meridian and other Meridians in the trunk area as described from the Chinese medicine perspective. This study also examined the general improvement and emotional impact of KFE on women with Liver Qi Stagnation and Liver Kidney Yin Deficiency.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/25823
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1101 Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics
Historical > FOR Classification > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Current > Division/Research > College of Health and Biomedicine
Keywords female reproductive hormone changes, hormones, Chinese medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, TCM, alternative treatments, natural medicine, conventional medicine, western medicine, kiwi-fruit seaweed extract, hormone metabolism, perimenopause, liver qi stagnation, liver kidney yin deficiency, kidneys, breast disease, hormone diseases, thermography, magnetic test-pulsed electromagnetic field test, PEMF
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