Black Cohosh Cimicifuga racemosa† liquid extract.
Black Cohosh is famous for its beneficial effects on women's health. The herb is said to provide relief from menstrual problems (including PMS) and is considered indispensable as a natural way to ease menopausal discomforts.† Black Cohosh is thought to be a wonderful, natural sedative that has been used to relax the entire body, relieve aches and pains and alleviate anxiety and depression. Germanyís Commission E recommends using Black Cohosh for treating menopause, dysmenorrhea, and PMS. Clinical results show improvement in hot flashes, sweating, headache, vertigo, heart palpitations, tinnitus (a ringing or similar sensation in the ears), nervousness, irritability, sleep disturbance, anxiety, vaginal dryness, and depression. In a 1995 German trial, it was found that when combined with St. Johnís Wort, Black Cohosh was 78 percent effective in treating hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. As a treatment for menopause, medical studies reported Black Cohosh to be more effective than estrogen in relieving symptoms and in normalizing the appearance of vaginal cells under microscopic evaluation. In a 1999 study at the New York College, it was found that Black Cohosh was shown to inhibit the growth of T-47D cells. The study concluded that this herb and others may be useful in preventing breast cancer. In a 2002 German study, it was reported that Black Cohosh has antiestrogenic effects. It was previously thought to have estrogenic effects. This herb is useful in treating inflammatory arthritis and rheumatism. The sedative action in Black Cohosh is helpful in treating high blood pressure, whopping cough, and asthma.