Herbal Supplements
Black Cohosh - Not Just for Menopause

Recent studies and media blitzes have informed most people of the benefits of Black Cohosh for women during menopause. Black Cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa, is indeed, the wonder herb for women experiencing the change including the accompanying hot flashes, night sweats and mood changes. Yet, very little is mentioned about the other healing properties of this herb.

Black Cohosh can be beneficial in any stage of a woman's reproductive life. Those who suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome will find that Black Cohosh can help steady nerves and reduce irritability. During menstruation, the herb can help to relieve cramping. The only time Black Cohosh should not be taken is during pregnancy or while nursing.

While Black Cohosh mimics estrogen effects, it does not cause any real estrogen action in the body. For those who fear hormone replacement therapy, this should put their minds at rest. Some studies suggest that taking Black Cohosh before the onset of peri-menopause will lessen the symptoms once the menopause stage has been reached.

In studies, Black Cohosh has been found to be extremely beneficial in the relief of pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis and in the treatment of neurological and muscular pain. While the exact reasons of this are not known, many herbalists and naturopaths are recommending Black Cohosh for their patients to relieve the pain of these conditions.

As in menopause, Black Cohosh can be used at any time to help alleviate minor depression and mood swings. Other studies suggest the herb's benefit for headaches, stomachaches, fevers and backaches.

Black Cohosh is one of few herbs that have had studies conducted for decades into the claims made by herbalists. Most studies have borne out the claims. While sold almost exclusively as a menopause supplement in the United States, doctors and pharmacies recommend it to their patients regularly in European countries. It is recommended by the German equivalent of the FDA for the treatment of the following: premenstrual syndrome, painful menstruation and menopause.

The root of the Black Cohosh plant is the most beneficial. To be most beneficial, tinctures or other preparations should be made from freshly dried root.

To make a tea, simmer 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of dried root in 1 cup water for 15 minutes. Allow to cool before drinking.

For tinctures, take no more than 2 - 4 ml, two to three times daily.

Long term use of Black Cohosh appears to be safe with no known side effects. Black Cohosh can cause dizziness and nausea if taken in very large doses.

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maddy
2009-04-04 17:40:41
is it true that black cohosh help with sex drive and how long does it take before it works
maria
2006-11-09 06:55:11
I heard that Black Cohosh helps to improve sexual drive. Is that true???
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