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Black Cohosh Extract Medication
It depends: Menopausal women with hot flashes are the ones who most frequently use black cohosh. However, those with breast cancer, other hormone-sensitive cancers, kidney transplants, and liver disease possibly should not use this herb. Please consult with your own physician about your personal situation. For more info: http://ods. Od.Nih. Gov/factsheets/blackcohosh-healthprofessional/. ...Read more
Good question: The question is if black cohosh really works at all. Some studies suggest it may help menopausal symptoms--others have found little benefit. It's pretty harmless so you can try it a few weeks and see. ...Read more
Yes: Most supplement needs to be taken everyday. ...Read more
Consistent activity: Like all herbs, black cohosh root contains a large variety of chemicals. The best-studied standardized form, remifemin, has an extract equivalent to 20 mg of root containing 1 mg of 26-deoxyactein, one of the active ingredients. One can take the root instead of the extract but the amount of 26-deoxyactein will be less certain. See http://ods. Od.Nih. Gov/factsheets/blackcohosh-healthprofessional/. ...Read more
I bought black cohosh pils of 540 mg, how many can I take a day? And what time is it best to take?
Non standard: A daily dose of 40 to 80 mg standardized pills. For nonstandardized pills, I need to know the brand in order to provide more info. ...Read more
Yes!: Studies indicate that the active ingredient in remifemin - black cohosh- can reduce hot flashes by up to 50%. Remifemin is actually one of the best studied commercially available black cohosh remedies. This herbal med is safe for women who want or need to avoid estrogen- such as women who have had an estrogen dependent cancer. ...Read more
Good and bad: Can have estrogenic effects... Some good and some not so good. Great review summary- http://tinyurl. Com/c9defwu. ...Read more
Yes, depending. . .:
.. . On what other medicines you're taking and medical conditions you have. Please consult your physician first. But in research tests black cohosh (actaea racemosa) has been found to be safe in doses between 40-80 mg/day, for 6 months. The tablets should be standardized to contain 1 mg of 27-deoxyactein. For more info, please see:
http://www. Umm. Edu/altmed/articles/black-cohosh-000226.Htm. ...Read more
Don't recommend that: I do not like black cohosh. Some people have had serious liver problems after taking it. ...Read more
Hard to tell.: Supplements like cohash, soy, chasteberry have estrogen like activity but they are not estrogen and are less likely to help with some of the stronger hot flashes that women have as they transition thru menopause. Some women do find them helpful but many do not. I would think if your are going to see improvement you would see within the first several weeks. Generally felt to be a safe product. ...Read more
I am a male I want to know if black cohosh and fenugreek can be taken together is there any danger?
No danger: Not sure of the benefit, may contradict each other. Could not find much literature of what the black cohash does. ...Read more
Black cohosh: There is not enough scientific data that black cohosh is safe for periods in teenagers. No studies have looked at black cohosh in people under 18. Black cohosh contains a small amount of salicylic acid so it should be avoided in those allergic to aspirin. Also black cohosh should be avoided if there is a history of liver disease, genetic blood clotting disorder, endometriosis or fibroids. ...Read more
Not normal but occ.: It is not "normal" to experience weight gain with black cohosh but it does occasionally happen. Known side effects include a "low incidence" of weight gain; I was not able to learn just how common this is but it is relatively rare. However, if it is causing you to gain much weight you may want to consider alternatives. See http://ods. Od.Nih. Gov/factsheets/blackcohosh-healthprofessional/. ...Read more
I started taking black cohosh tablets to relieve what I think are menopause symptoms but I didn't read the leaflet properly and now I'm bleeding. I ha?
Bleeding: Please make an appointment with your primary doctor. Do not delay. Please let me know how things go! ...Read more
Yes: But not much is known about black cohosh. It has estrogen-like properties that can have different effects in different parts of the body. ...Read more
Not likely: Neither of these is likely to provide much help with cycle regulation. In fact dong quai can cause blood thinning making periods even worse. ...Read more
Use something else: Some people also apply black cohosh directly on the skin. This is because there was some thought that black cohosh would improve the skin’s appearance. Similarly, people used black cohosh for other skin conditions such as acne, wart removal, and even the removal of moles, but this is seldom done anymore. ...Read more
Is black cohosh a good remedy for hot flashes due to menopause? Any concerns? Does it increase weight?
Debatable: Black cohosh is used by some to combat hot flashes and insomnia related to menopausal decline. It's mechanism of action is unknown. It was once thought that it had estrogenic effects, but that has since been shown not to be the case. Estrogenic effects could lead to weight gain, but since it doesn't act this way weight gain should not be an issue. ...Read more
I am going through menopause and began taking black cohosh to relieve symptoms. I have hpv. Is this ok?
Probably ok: There were some early studies that showed black cohash could be helpful in alleviating menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes. This should be fine as long as: one takes the lowest effective dose, that dose does not exceed what is recommended by the manufacturer, that there is no interaction with other medications, and that one is being followed medically by their doctor. ...Read more
How long does it take black cohosh to start working? I'm trying to relieve the hot flashes and sweats associated with menopause.
Black cohosh: I disagree with my colleague's opinion about black cohosh, which is not just a "pop" remedy. It does have research supporting its use. A recent example: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22157510 and also http://tinyurl. Com/lnovtea you should see some results in a few weeks of consistent dosing. 20 mg of a standardized extract twice daily. If no help, work w/an integrative ob-gyn. ...Read more