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What are the side effects of taking black cohosh?

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The side effects of using black cohosh include headaches and upset stomach but there are many others. Side effects may be more likely to happen at high doses. There have been some people who may have developed liver problems, the specifics of which are still being investigated. So if you have pre-existing liver problems, or are taking any other medication/substance that affects the liver, don't take black cohosh or talk to your doctor before using.

From: Black Cohosh WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Black Cohosh." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Herbs at a Glance: Black Cohosh."


The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2019

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Black Cohosh." National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Herbs at a Glance: Black Cohosh."


The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2019

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