Menopause Herbal Supplement Support: Black Cohosh Root
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Trouble sleeping
- Vaginal dryness
- Muscle aches and pains
- Hair loss
TreatmentsThere are many different available solutions for menopause, including natural herbs that have no negative side effects. One very popular herb for menopause, whether it is for natural menopause or hysterectomy-induced menopause, is black cohosh. This herb has been around for many years and has been effective for many women. It is very popular in Germany and was used by Native Americans for varying diseases, mostly gynecological.
Black CohoshBlack cohosh is native to North America and historically was used by Native Americans for a great variety of illnesses. It is part of the buttercup family. Black cohosh goes by many different names:
- Black snakeroot
- Bugbane, Bugwort (insects avoid it)
- Rattleroot, Rattletop, Rattleweed
Clinical studiesMany clinical studies have been performed on black cohosh:
- Some studies indicate that black cohosh works by imitating estrogen.
- Black cohosh can help alleviate vaginal dryness.
- Black cohosh has been shown to be especially effective in reducing hot flashes and night sweats.
PreparationsThe roots and underground stems of the plant are the part that is medicinally active. Generally the herb is available as a supplement in pill form. It is important to be sure you use a reputable source, as herbal supplements can vary depending on the manufacturer.
Side Affects?Black cohosh does not normally produce negative side effects, and has not shown any interaction with medications in clinical testing.
[sniplet Menopol]Sources: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/blackcohosh/ http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/BlackCohosh.asp