Nutritional Supplements Library
What is black cohosh?
Black cohosh is a member of Ranunculaceae family, native to eastern North America from the extreme south of Ontario south to central Georgia, and west to Missouri and Arkansas. It is also known as black snakeroot, bugbane, and squawroot. It has traditionally been used by Native Americans to relieve menstrual cramps and "female complaints" and was used later by American colonists to treat amenorrhea (lack of menstruation).The active constituents in black cohosh are triterpene glycosides and isoflavones. Other constituents include aromatic acids, tannins, resins, fatty acids, starches, and sugars.It was thought that black cohosh contained estrogen-like chemicals, but recent research suggests that it works by binding to serotonin receptors.
What is the effective dosage of black cohosh supplementation?
Black Cohosh can be taken in the form of the fresh or dried root; the effective dosage is 20 to 40 mg of black cohosh extract, standardized for triterpene glycoside levels (2.5%) should be taken twice per day.
What are the benefits of black cohosh supplementation?
• Black cohosh relieves the menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, headache and night sweats.
• It may help to treat other gynecological symptoms.
What are the side effects of black cohosh supplementation?
Black cohosh is safe at moderate dosage, few cases of stomach upset, dizziness, diarrhea and nausea has been reported. More clinical studies are required on long-term safety in humans.
• Black cohosh is not recommended if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
• It is not recommended for children and men.