Black cohosh is a natural herb which is found in the United States which was traditionally used by the natives to treat the side effects of menopause like menstrual cramps and hot flashes. It was also used for other ailments like muscle pain, arthritis, indigestion, sore throat and cough. Black cohosh is used even today and is available in the form of pills.
There are a lot of health benefits of Black Cohosh. A few of them are listed below:-
Black Cohosh helps in relieving menopause symptoms. It is very effective for short term treatments for menopause symptoms especially for hot flashes.
Black Cohosh is also known to be a substitute for HRT. It can supply the essential hormones which help in avoiding the estrogen loss in most women.
Other than relieving menopause symptoms, black cohosh is also an effective treatment for arthritis, lowering blood pressure and treating PMS.
It is also used for treating stress, anxiety, depression and headaches as it contains a mild sedative.
Black cohosh also has anti-rheumatic activity which helps in relieving aches and pains caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
It contains astringent, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, anti-inflammatory and decongestant which help in curing asthma, respiratory tract infection, flu, cold and nasal congestion.
According to a medical research, black cohosh stimulates breast cancer. It has been known that phytoestrogens which is found in black cohosh accelerates the spread of breast cancer cells.
Black cohosh should not be had with any hormone replacement therapies or birth control pills. It should also be avoided by women who are allergic to aspirin as it may lead to severe side effects.
The recommended dosage for black cohosh for symptoms of menopause is 40 mg or 80 mg to be had twice a day. According to a recent data, the recommended dosage of black cohosh is 20 mg twice a day which is sufficient.