Black cohosh is a perennial plant that is a member of the buttercup family. It has several other common names, including black snakeroot, bugwort, rattleweed, and others.
The botanical name for black cohosh is Cimicifuga racemosa or Actaea racemosa.
Black cohosh has gained popularity as a treatment for symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, anxiety, and depression. It has also been found to effectively relieve headaches, vertigo, heart palpitations, and sleeplessness associated with menopause.
Black cohosh supplements are derived from the roots and underground stems (called rhizomes) of the black cohosh plant. The herb contains several active compounds, including triterpene sponins. The roots and stems of black cohosh are extracted with alcohol.
Though not proven, black cohosh is believed to have possible estrogenic effects that make it a popular remedy for symptoms of menopause. When a woman enters menopause, estrogen production decreases due to less efficient communication between the brain and the pituitary gland.
In addition, the production of luteinizing hormone (LH) increases during menopause. Hot flashes result from these changes in hormonal production. Several clinical trials conducted in Europe found black cohosh to be a safe and effective remedy for hot flashes, as well as other symptoms of menopause such as anxiety, night sweats, fatigue, and insomnia.
Shake well before use.
Dosage: 2 to 3 squirts into mouth 3 to 5 times daily.
May be taken with water, juice or herbal tea.
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