Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is also known as black snakeroot because of its black, thick-knotted roots. Indigenous to shady woodlands in Canada and the United States, Native Americans have used black cohosh for centuries to treat menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, hot flashes, and night sweats.
Black Cohosh Benefits and Uses
Black cohosh can support healthy perimenopause and help ease the passage into menopause due to its weak estrogenic effects, which help reduce the number, severity, and frequency of hot flashes and night sweats as well as alleviating mood swings, insomnia, tension and nervousness, irritability, and headaches. Black cohosh’s active ingredients and actual mechanisms in the human body are unknown. The standardized recommended daily intake is 40 -160 mg.
Black Cohosh Side Effects
Black cohosh is generally considered safe for the support of healthy menopause. Reported side effects are uncommon and relatively mild. The most commonly reported side effects are skin rash, nausea, mild headache, and upset stomach, none of which lasts for long. There have been some reports of liver damage from people taking black cohosh, though it would seem that any relation to the herb was probably due to impurities or adulterants in the supplement. That said, it is inadvisable to take black cohosh if you suffer from a liver disorder. If you develop symptoms of liver trouble such as darker than normal urine, severe abdominal pain, or jaundice, stop taking the supplement immediately and seek medical advice.
You should not take black cohosh if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
At this time, black cohosh is not known to have any clinical interactions with prescription or over-the-counter medications. More research is needed to confirm any possible contraindications.
Black Cohosh Overdose
There is currently no available information regarding an overdose of black cohosh. If you think you have accidentally taken too much of the supplement, stop taking it immediately and seek medical advice as soon as possible.
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