Menopause is a natural process in life all women will encounter. While this may be an unavoidable process of life, the symptoms of “the change” can be reduced through the help of natural remedies. Perhaps one of the most widely sought after natural remedy to reduce menopausal symptoms is black cohosh.
The use of black cohosh dates back more than two hundred years when Native Americans began to use this plant to help relieve the undesirable symptoms of menopause as well as regular menstrual cramps. Unlike most herbal remedies, which do not have the support of the modern scientific community, black cohosh has been backed by medical professional in Europe for the past 40 years and Germany actually prescribes this herb for women who suffer from menstrual discomfort as well as for women undergoing menopause.
Some of the most common symptoms black cohosh can help relieve include hot flashes, irritability, menstrual cramps, mood swings and insomnia. But exactly how does black cohosh help with these symptoms?
A study outlined by the University of Maryland Medical Center states that the use of black cohosh was more effective than the use of Prozac to help reduce night sweats and hot flashes. If you are undergoing the change, but don’t want to consume HRT (hormonal replacement therapy), then you may find that black cohosh can provide the much needed relief.
While black cohosh has been studied for its effectiveness in treating menopausal symptoms, it is important to note that most studies were only performed for a short duration (less than six months). Because of this, it is suggested by some medical professionals to only take black cohosh for a maximum of six months at a time to relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstruation.
Black cohosh has also been studied for its ability to relieve symptoms of osteoporosis, arthritis and breast cancer. If you are interested in taking black cohosh to relieve the aforementioned ailments, then you will want to take a standardized extract of this herb. Standardized extracts are available in tablet and capsule form; however, you can also mix dried black cohosh root and make a tea. Discuss this menopausal remedy with your doctor before consuming to ensure it is safe for you.