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Black Cohosh - Does It Work For Menopause?
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Black Cohosh  -  does It Work For Menopause?

Black Cohosh is a that has been used for years in the treatment of hot flashes. There are several varieties of this plant being used but the most common variety is called cimicifuga racemosa. This plant is native to the United States and grows mostly in the eastern states. It is also known as bugbane and its more colorful name, black snake root.

This plant grows from four to eight feet tall and has beautiful white feathery leaves. And believe it or not, it is a member of the buttercup family. The root of the plant is also used for medicinal purposes.

Cohosh has been used to relieve some of the symptoms associated with menopause. It helps with hot flashes and other female related symptoms. Although there have not been very many clinical studies done, those that have been done show a positive result from the studies. Germany did a couple of studies and approved it for use in Germany.

I used it for a little over two years when my hot flashes were really severe. I started taking one capsule a day and when my hot flashes were really bad, I would take two capsules. One in the morning and one in the evening. then I started having side effects, I guess from extended use of it. So I quit taking it for a while. When my hot flashes got to much for me, I started taking it again but this time I took one capsule every other day. That seemed to work fairly well for me. I have read since then, that some herbal practitioners recommend taking once a day for three weeks and then skipping the fourth week. Since my hot flashes have mostly stopped, I have quit taking it completely.

Since I have done more research into black cohosh, I have found several articles written about possible side effects associated with it. The most common are dizziness, diarrhea, low pulse, headaches, and abdominal pain. I have had most of this side effects while taking it but at the time I didn't know that was what was causing this problems. There has also been some concerns raised that people with liver problems, or liver damage should not use black cohosh because it may make your liver damage worst. And if you have had cancer or have cancer you should not use it either. It could interfere with medications used in the treatment of cancer.

So while I had good results, for the most part, while taking this herb, it may not be the best choice for everyone. You will need to test it out for yourself and study the effects it has on you. If it helps, that great, if you have side effects, you should stop taking it. And try different brands, they are not all equal. It helped me. It could help you, but do not expect a miracle. Remember to use an off and on schedule. I ended up taking it for two weeks and skipping for two weeks. That seemed to stave off most of the hot flashes I had. And it is always a good idea to talk with your physician before taking any herbal products, especially if you are taking other medications. Some medicines do not play well with others. As always good luck, and remember you will survive menopause.


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