Black Cohosh - Uses and Benefits
Scientific Name: Cimicifuga Racemosa and
Black cohosh comes from the same plant family as buttercup. It grows in North America and Canada. Many insects avoid going near this plant. The use of black cohosh in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine.
Uses of Benefits of Black Cohosh
Some of the main Uses of Black Cohosh are described below:
How To Prepare
Black Cohosh can be taken in the form of the fresh or dried root, or as a liquid extract. It is also available commercially in capsule and tablet form.
Adults (of age 18 years or older)
Tablets: For menopausal symptoms, studies have used 20 milligram or 40 milligram Remifemin tablets (containing 1 or 2 milligrams of 27-deoxyactein) twice daily or 40 drops of a liquid extract. Some clinical studies have used 20 milligrams taken twice daily.
Dried Rhizome (Root): The British Herbal Compendium recommends 40 to 200 milligrams of dried rhizome daily in divided doses, although traditional doses have been as high as 1 gram three times daily.
Tincture/Liquid: The British Herbal Compendium recommends 0.4 to 2 milliliters of a (1:10) 60% ethanol tincture daily.
Children (Younger than 18 years)
There is not enough scientific information to recommend black cohosh in children.
Safety Instructions against Black Cohosh
Before you start taking Black Cohosh (not only Black Cohosh but any other herbal supplement) you must first consult to your health care provider. He will guide you whether this product is good for your health or not.
Sometimes black cohosh does not suits to some people and may their may be signs of liver damage. In such cases you must contact your doctor as soon as possible. Some of the signs that you may see are:
Adverse Side Effects of Black Cohosh
Black cohosh is generally well-tolerated. But if it is not taken in proper doses, as written on the product label - it may lead to some side effects. Clinical trials comparing estrogens with black cohosh preparations have shown a low incidence of adverse effects associated with black cohosh.
Some of the Side Effects Caused by Black Cohosh may include:
In some Cases, Large doses of Black Cohosh have been reported to Cause:
If any of the above side effects persist or worsen, you must immidiately contact your health care provider. Stop taking black cohosh and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.
No interactions have been reported between black cohosh and prescription medicines.
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