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Why do people take black cohosh?

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Black cohosh is most often used to control the symptoms of menopause, such as:

Some studies have found evidence that black cohosh does help with these symptoms. However, many experts consider the evidence unclear and say more research is needed.

Other uses of black cohosh have less scientific support. Women sometimes take it to regulate periods, ease PMS symptoms, and cause women to go into labor.

  • Headaches
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood changes
  • Sleep problems
  • Heart palpitations
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness

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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