Black Cohosh is classified as an 'alterative' herb with antispasmodic properties (relieving muscle spasms and pain, especially of the uterus). Alteratives are herbs that can effect a change in an organism. Black Cohosh contains substances with anti-inflammatory effects (such as salicylic acid), glycosides (sugar compounds), and phytoestrogens (plant based estrogens), among several other active substances. Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) also contains a number of chemicals, including isoflavones which mimic hormonal activity.
Because of this, Black Cohosh can be useful in providing support for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and the 'blues' sometimes associated with menopause. A 2010 review found that black cohosh provided a 26% reduction in hot flashes and night sweats. Breast cancer medications such as tamoxifen (Nolvadex) can cause hot flashes. However, before using Black Cohosh, patients with a history of breast cancer, or who are engaged in breast cancer treatment, should talk to their healthcare practitioner to clear its use. We suggest that it is taken with Vitex Tincture for a more well rounded dietary supplement approach to menopausal discomforts.
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