Black cohosh, a flowering plant that grows naturally in Eastern North America, contains phytochemicals that are believed to relieve symptoms of menopause. Black cohosh is thought to contain phytoestrogens, specifically isoflavones, which bind to estrogen receptors in your body.
Plant estrogens work very much like your natural estrogen, helping to produce lubrication in your vagina, working to control temperature, and helping to strengthen bones. Black cohosh works directly on your hypothalamus, which regulates body temperature and hormone production, and is believed to be the cause of many of the symptoms that come accompany menopause
Benefits of Black Cohosh
Black cohosh is a great reliever of many menopause symptoms including night sweats, anxiety, and depression. Black cohosh is thought to reduce hot flashes by reducing the luteinizing hormone in your body, which is associated with extreme temperature fluctuations. In a recent study, 80% of women taking a black cohosh supplement experienced a reduction in hot flashes, sweating, and heart palpitations.
How to Take Black Cohosh
A variety of commercial companies provide black cohosh in supplement form. It may be taken twice a day for six months, but should not be taken for a longer period of time. Side effects may include mild stomach upsets and headaches. It has also been linked to an increase in liver enzymes. There have been a few cases of liver inflammation due to overuse of black cohosh.