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Black Cohosh 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
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?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 39 weeks and 2 days.I'm 3 1/2dilated 100%afface station+1 If I take black cohosh pills 540 mg does it help to progress to labor??!If so, h
I'm 39 weeks and 2 days.I'm 3 1/2dilated 100%afface station+1
If I take black cohosh pills 540 mg does it help to progress to labor??!If so, how pills
Labor sure to come: Hello, You are progressing normally and naturally. I know that you are anxious to meet your new family member but be patient. Things happen in this way for a reason. I do not recommend ANY herbal supplement to enhance labor. The fetal brain is basically in control of this. So, put yourself in a good positive mental space and embrace the miracle that you have been chosen to give. ...Read more
I have been took off of HRT for health reasons , is it still ok to take Black Cohosh, Flaxseed & sage (for flushes) ?
No problem: Would like to know why you were taken off HRT. Your levels of estrogen (E1, E2, E3), Progesterone & testosterone should be measured by saliva. If low they can be replaced by Bio Identical a Hormone Therapy. Not synthetic (Premarin, etc). No problem taking black cohosh, flax. Many times it is not necessary to replace hormones. Have thyroid and 4 point cortisol (saliva) checked. ...Read more
Unknown: Because the effects of these herbals are not fully understood, you would be best to wait a week before having any elective procedure to allow any effects to clear from your system. ...Read more
Don't do it!: Black cohosh and all other complementary and alternative medications should be completely avoided by everyone because they are unregulated and potentially dangerous with no proven benefit. Even more so for pregnant women, or women hoping to enter labor soon! please disclose to your obstetrician any of those dangerous drugs you may have been exposed to! ...Read more
If I was your: Obstetrician i would want you to ask me instead of doctors who don't know your personal history. ...Read more