Black cohosh is not recommended for pregnant women because its potential effects on the uterus may induce early labour. There are other contraindications which can be viewed on our black cohosh herbal remedy information page.
in humans suggest that black cohosh may be safe and effective for improving
symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, migraine headache and sleep disturbances.
However, only short-term use of black cohosh for menopausal symptoms has been
evaluated. As with so much research on complementary medicines some of the
studies have been small and do not meet the full requirements of western
medicine for double blind trials
A 2007 study by Dr T R Rebbeck of the University of Pennsylvania indicated that women taking black cohosh were 60% less likely to develop breast cancer. More research was recommended before Black cohosh became a recommened treatment. For more details click here
Black cohosh has been used as an agent for pain and
inflammation in Korean folk medicine. Although some research suggests that
herbal preparations containing black cohosh may improve symptoms of rheumatoid
arthritis or osteoarthritis, many other herbs have been present in these
preparations. There is currently not enough evidence from studies in humans to
support the use of black cohosh as a stand alone treatment for arthritis
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