Several studies have reported that black cohosh can improve menopausal symptoms.
Black cohosh is used as a popular non-pharmacological alternative to hormonal therapy in the treatment of some menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes or vaginal dryness.
Although the preliminary results of some studies are encouraging, the data currently available are not enough to support a recommendation about him use of black cohosh for the menopausal symptoms.
What is black cohosh?
Black cohosh, also known as Actaea racemosa or Cimicifuga racemosa, is part of the buttercup family. It is a perennial plant native to North America.
Black cohosh preparations are made from the roots and rhizomes (underground stems).
How does black cohosh work?
The mechanism of action of black cohosh is unclear. Research that has been done suggests that you may have a direct effect on estrogen receptors.
What effect does black cohosh have on menopausal symptoms?
Black cohosh is used primarily to relieve hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms such as insomnia, depression, vaginal dryness, excessive sweating, palpitations, headaches, poor sleep, depression, anxiety, and irritability.
Is the use of black cohosh safe?
Most studies suggest that the use of black cohosh is short term insurance. Its safety and efficacy have not been proven after one year, so it is recommended caution until more data is available.
The most common side effects black cohosh are Stomach ache and headache. Liver damage and high blood lead levels have been associated with the consumption of black cohosh.
The use of black cohosh in women who are at high risk of some diseases, such as with a history of breast cancer, should always be used under the supervision of a doctor.
- Chinese herbs for menopause
- Natural remedies for hot flashes