Menopause FAQs: Black Cohosh explains study results have been inconsistent about its effectiveness for the treatment of menopausal symptoms.
What is black cohosh?
In Black Cohosh: Background the (United States) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) elaborate on:
- “Black cohosh, a member of the buttercup family, is a plant native to North America. Native American and Chinese herbalists have traditionally used black cohosh for a variety of ailments and as an insect repellent
- Currently, people use black cohosh as a dietary supplement for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. It’s also been used as a dietary supplement for other conditions, including menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome, and to induce labor”.
Is black cohosh effective for the treatment of menopausal symptoms?
In Menopause & Herbs: Herbal Medicine Glossary (Alphabetical) – Black Cohosh, Actaea Racemosa, (Previously Known As Cimicifuga Racemosa): Family: Ranunculaceae, last reviewed 09 May 2019, the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:
“Black cohosh is the most extensively researched of all herbs used for managing menopausal symptoms, and is available in many different formulations, which vary in quality and efficacy. Many of the clinical studies of black cohosh have used the commercially available product Remifemin®, or the extract Ze 450 (available as Flordis Femular®)”.
- “Studies that tested black cohosh for menopause symptoms have had inconsistent results. The overall evidence is insufficient to support using black cohosh for this purpose”.
Is black cohosh effective for the treatment of vaginal dryness?
Linseed (flaxseed) has been shown to reduce vaginal dryness by a mildly oestrogenic action of ‘plumping up’ the vaginal cells”.
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What if I choose to use black cohosh?
If you choose to use black cohosh, it may be in your best interest to also choose to talk to your health care providers about this.
Where may I find more menopause FAQs?
In Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause the NAMS include Menopause FAQS: Hot Flashes: Q. Is it safe to take dietary supplements or herbal therapies for my menopause symptoms?
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