When a woman goes through menopause, there are several hormonal changes in her body. The menopause transition period, also called the perimenopause, during which the estrogen levels begin to drop, starts several years before menopause showing symptoms such as menstrual cramps, severe bleeding, hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, vaginal dryness, palpitations, mood fluctuations and sleep problems. This period can last for few months or even 10 years before menopause, with an average of 5 years. Few symptoms such as mood swings and hot flashes can continue to appear in the post-menopausal period too. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or estrogen replacement therapy, is popularly prescribed by doctors to relieve menopausal symptoms. An alternative to this therapy is the use of natural supplements such as black cohosh. Black cohosh is an herb that has considerable effect on a woman’s endocrine system. It is used by many women to get relief from symptoms of menopause, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menstrual cramps.
Black cohosh is extensively used in the Germany, United States and Australia. It has been so effective in Germany that the government has allowed the medical system to use it as a substitute to estrogen therapy, and made it a prescription medicine. On the other hand, Black cohosh does not require a prescription in the US.
Daily dosage of black cohosh for menopausal symptoms –Many natural menopause remedies us an extract of black cohosh in the form of a supplement. The dosage recommended for symptoms of menopause varies between 20- 40mg based on PubMed studies. Black cohosh is also available in the form of root and tincture. These supplements can be bought online or in health food stores. Consumption of more than 900mg per day of black cohosh is considered to be an overdose. It is also suggested to not consume black cohosh more than six months at a time.
As per many studies conducted, black cohosh helps to regain physical and emotional health for women. It is believed to relieve symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, vaginal dryness, palpitations, irritability, mood fluctuation, and sleep problems, in most women. Like any other herbal medicine, although it works for many women, it may not relieve symptoms in others.
The only suggested side effect in a few women, when taken at regular doses, is short-term, occasional stomach upset. However, if you have liver problems, it is best to consult your doctor before taking.
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