Black Cohosh Relief for Menopause Hot Flashes
BLACK COHOSH known as natural estrogen, diminishes hot flashes of menopause, balancing menstrual flow and assists with balancing the hormones, along with helping menstrual and menopausal problems.
If you are experiencing menopausal symptoms, you need to avoid hormone replacement therapy. Read about the Dangers of HRT.
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is native to North America. The roots and rhizomes of are widely used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms and menstrual problems.
Native Americans in North America used Black Cohosh for relieving menstrual and menopausal problems, just as Native Americans in South America used Maca for similiar reasons.
Studies have demonstrated that this herbal medicine appears to be effective in helping menopausal symptoms. Adverse effects are rare and there are no known adverse drug interactions.
American Indians boiled the root of Black Cohosh and drank the resulting beverage for a variety of problems.
Experiments have shown that the herb has substances that bind to estrogen receptors in animal models and lower LH (a hormone which is elevated in menopause) in both humans and animals. Black Cohosh was an official drug in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1926.
Black Cohosh has a long record as an herb that is effective for a variety of female complaints. Its been used extensively in Europe over 40 years and is popular here in the US for relieving hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, depression and insomnia. Black Cohosh contains compounds that produce an estrogenic effect. Some call Black cohosh an adaptogen because it balances your own estrogen - enhancing it if you need more and lowering levels if yours are too high. It also does not stimulate breast cancer cells in culture and many researchers feel it is safe for breast cancer patients.
According to a new German study, researchers in Berlin studied a combination of Black Cohosh and St. John's Wort on menopausal women who were experiencing symptoms of menopause and associated depression.
In this double-blind randomized placebo-control study, 301 women experiencing menopausal complaints with psychological symptoms were treated with St. John�s wort and black cohosh or a matched placebo for 16 weeks. Menopausal complaints were evaluated by means of the Menopause Rating Scale mean score, and psychological complaints were evaluated using the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale sum score.
The treatment was significantly superior to placebo in both measures. There were no relevant group differences regarding adverse events, laboratory values, or tolerability.
CONCLUSION: This fixed combination of black cohosh and St. John�s wort is superior to placebo in alleviating menopausal complaints, including the related psychological component. (Black Cohosh and St. John�s Wort for Climacteric Complaints: A Randomized Trial Uebelhack et al. Obstet Gynecol. 2006; 107: 247-255)
In a study of 704 women, 49% of the women who took black cohosh experienced complete relief of menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, sweating, headache, vertigo, heart palpitation, and ringing in the ears.) An additional 37.8% reported significant improvement. According to the physicians who participated in the study, 72% of the women who took the black cohosh treatment experienced advantages over those given hormonal treatment (as measured by results on the Kupperman Menopausal Index and the Hamilton Anxiety test.) However, it is believed that Maca is even more effective.
In another controlled study, of 629 women with menopausal complaints who took a standardized extract of black cohosh twice a day, 76 to 93% had an overall improvement in hot flashes, headache, irritability, heart palpitations, mild depression and sleep disturbances. The reduction in sleep disturbances, heart palpitations and headaches is due to a small amount of salicylic acid (used to make aspirin) that has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities.
FH-63-0 Black Cohosh 450mg 100 Capsules $12.95
FH-60-9 St. John's Wort 450mg 100 capsules $14.95
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For additional support for menopause, we recommend MACA.
Vitamin E, at a dose of 800 to 1200 international units (IU) per day, is somewhat effective in reducing hot flashes. Don't take if you are on prescription blood thinners like Coumadin. Don't take a week prior to surgery.
Vitamin E could help ease the pain of menstrual cramps, recent study findings suggest.
High levels of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins have been implicated in dysmenorrhea, or painful menstruation.
Because vitamin E can help block prostaglandin formation, researchers decided to test the vitamin as a treatment for dysmenorrhea.
The researchers studied 100 high school students aged 16 to 18 who reported experiencing mild, moderate or severe pain during menstruation. Half of the students took five vitamin E tablets per day for 2 days before and 3 days after they began menstruating, while the other half, the comparison group, took five inactive placebo tablets.
At the 2-month follow-up, individuals in both the vitamin E group and the comparison group reported experiencing less menstrual pain than they did at the start of the study. Students in the vitamin E group, however, reported slightly less pain than those in the comparison group.
British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2001;108:1181-1183
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