Attention all ladies going through menopause: Black cohosh is an herb you don’t want to ignore! Also known as Cimicifuga racemosa, baneberry, bugbane, black snake root, rattle root, and richweed (whew), black cohosh has been used to control the symptoms of menopause for centuries. Think: headaches, hot flashes, mood changes, sleep problems, heart palpitations, night sweats and vaginal dryness. (via WebMd)
Other studies on black cohosh have attempted to show its effectiveness in treating rheumatism, coughing, high cholesterol levels, and hardening of the arteries. Other sources claim that this herb can also be used to treat symptoms of PMS, painful menstruation, acne, weak bones (osteoporosis), and for inducing labor in women, but there is not enough evidence to prove it as an effective treatment to these symptoms. (via WebMd)
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Although black cohosh cannot be found in any foods, it is available in the form of herbal supplements. For those who are taking this herb for menopausal symptoms, the dosage used in studies has been 20-40 milligram tablets of a standardized extract taken twice a day. Side effects from black cohosh include headache and an upset stomach.
Black cohosh may not be safe for:
- Women who are pregnant (unless they are using black cohosh to induce labor)
- Women who have or have had breast or uterine cancer
- Women who have endometriosis
- Children under 18
- People with liver disease, who have a high risk of stroke or blood clots, or seizure disorders
- People with allergies to aspirin
If you are on birth control, a hormone replacement therapy, sedatives or blood pressure medicine, you should talk to your doctor before considering to take this supplement.
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