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Black Cohosh—Some Studies Link it to Helping with PMS and Menopause, While Others do Not

By Alison Stanton
 
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And because of its apparent ability to stabilize hormone levels in certain parts of the body, it might help with PMS as well. And for the women who get painful migraines related to their menstrual cycles, black cohosh might help reduce the chances of getting them. But again, more research is definitely needed in this area to back up these assertions.

If you decide to give black cohosh a try and if you want to purchase the capsules or tablets, be sure to look on the bottle for the term “2.5% triterpenes glycosides”. This is the active ingredient in black cohosh and the amount that was often used in clinical trials. If you go with a tincture, this amount should be even higher, or about five percent.

If you are already taking HRT, black cohosh may interfere with these medications, so be sure to consult with your physician first if you want to give black cohosh a try. It might also not get along well with some medications for high blood pressure so again, caution is needed and please consult with your physician first.

Have you tried black cohosh before, or are you currently taking it? If you are, please feel free to share your experiences by commenting on this article below. Did it ease your symptoms of PMS or menopause, or do you tend to do better with another herbal remedy or medication? I look forward to reading your comments!

References:

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/blackcohosh/a/blackcohosh.htm

http://www.wholehealthmd.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=17E09E7CFFF640448FFB0B4F...

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/black-cohosh/NS_patient-blackcohosh

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