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Black Cohosh: Stop Symptoms of Menopause

Black cohosh is also known as bugwort, black snakeroot and rattleweed. It is a perennial related to the buttercup and was used by Native Americans to treat menstrual problems, depression, kidney problems, malaria, rheumatism, sore throats and complications due to menopause.

Early pioneers used black cohosh as a diuretic, fever reducer and other menstruation complications, as well as conditions associated with reproduction. It was believed that black cohosh could cure infertility, prevent miscarriage and relieve pain associated with child birth.

Today, black cohosh is used to relieve symptoms of menopause, including anxiety, depression, hot flashes and vaginal dryness. It relieves headaches, heart palpitations, vertigo and insomnia related to menopause.

Black cohosh supplements are made from the root and underground stem of the black cohosh plant, which are extracted with alcohol. When purchasing black cohosh be sure to buy a standardized version, which should contain 1 mg. of triterpene saponins per 20 mg. Daily recommended dosage is 2 to 4 ml.

If you wish, you can harvest and dry black cohosh for personal use. The daily recommended dose is 300 to 2,000 mg. Black cohosh is also available in powder form at most health food stores. Black cohosh should only be taken for a six month period.

It is thought that black cohosh has estrogenic effects that relieve symptoms of menopause. When women enter this phase of their lives, estrogen production decreases for lack of communication between the brain and the pituitary gland. Luteinizing hormone production increases during menopause, which causes hot flashes and night sweats. Clinical research in Europe has found that black cohosh relieves hot flashes as well as anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and night sweats due to menopause. Both 40 mg. and 130 mg. doses were found to be very effective in treating these conditions.

Black cohosh is not an alternative hormone replacement therapy, but will provide relief of symptoms as described in this article.

There have been no known drug interactions with black cohosh and little or no side effects recorded. If large doses over the recommended amount are ingested, dizziness, headaches, nausea or vomiting may occur. Like any medication attention should be taken to assure the proper dosage.

Women who are pregnant or undergoing treatment for breast cancer should refrain from using black cohosh, as studies on estrogen levels, effect on gestation and breast tissue need to be studied more conclusively.

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