• It is also commonly prescribed in combination with other herbs to relieve menopausal symptoms such as night sweats.
• Sage contains volatile oils and tannins that are thought to be the key constituents responsible for most of its pharmacological actions.
• A recent double-blind study suggests it may be useful in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Other studies report it improves memory in healthy subjects.
• Sage is likely to be safe when taken in amounts typically found in foods.
Answers to Patients’ Frequently Asked Questions
What will this herb do for me?
Sage is used to reduce symptoms of menopause such as night sweats; however, scientific testing has not been conducted to confirm whether it is effective. Recent research suggests it may improve memory in Alzheimer’s disease and in healthy subjects.
When will it start to work?
The study in Alzheimer’s disease found effects established within 4 months’ use. In the case of menopause, a time frame is unknown.
Are there any safety issues?