Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Black Cohosh As Alternative Medicine

Black Cohosh As Alternative Medicine

Black cohosh is an alternative medicine that acts like female hormone estrogen. The Red Indians in North America have used black cohosh mainly for gynaecological problems and child birth for hundreds of years.

Today it is popular for the treatment of PMS and menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. It is also used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Herbalists often use black cohosh to prevent miscarriage. Black cohosh also is effective in treating mood changes, fatigue, sleep disturbances and irritability.

You can buy black cohosh in the form of pills, liquid, tea and root. It is the main ingredient (20mg) found in Remifemin pills. You can buy black cohosh without a prescription. It has few side effects and is well tolerated. It is not known if black cohosh is safe for pregnant women or those who have had cancer of the breast.

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