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Have any of you tried black cohosh for menopause?

Have any of you tried black cohosh for menopause?

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

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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Does black cohosh help relieve menopause symptoms? I keep hearing about black cohosh as an alternative for hormone replacement therapy for menopause. What is it? Does it really work? .

Does black cohosh help relieve menopause symptoms? I keep hearing about black cohosh as an alternative for hormone replacement therapy for menopause. What is it? Does it really work?

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Hello. : Hello. There are studies that support that an extract of black cohosh can help menopausal symptoms to the same extent as a low-estrogen patch. Many women find this an attractive alternative to hormone replacement because there is no evidence that black cohosh thickens the endometrium or increases the risks for breast cancer or stroke. ...Read more

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Is black cohosh a good remedy for hot flashes due to menopause? Any concerns? Does it increase weight?

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

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I am going through menopause and began taking black cohosh to relieve symptoms. I have hpv. Is this ok?

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

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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

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I am 36 & a few nights a week I wake up covered in sweat. I take black cohosh but it doesn't seem to help. Is this a menopause sign or a thyroid prob?

I am 36 & a few nights a week I wake up covered in sweat. I take black cohosh but it doesn't seem to help. Is this a menopause sign or a thyroid prob?

Testing : Night sweats can have many causes including peri menopause, thyroid disease, and even TB. Testing is required to say what the cause is in any particular case. See your PCP to start the work-up. Best wishes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the side effects for a male taking black cohosh?

What are the side effects for a male taking black cohosh?

Good and bad: Can have estrogenic effects... Some good and some not so good. Great review summary- http://tinyurl.Com/c9defwu. ...Read more

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Can I take black cohosh if I am having hot flushes? How much?

Can I take black cohosh if I am having hot flushes? How much?

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