The menopause isn’t a new fad, women have always gone through it, and they also found natural remedies to help them deal with it. See how the traditional herbal medicine Black Cohosh can help relieve symptoms of the menopause for you.
What are the benefits of black cohosh?
Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemose) is a herb from the buttercup family, also known as black snakeroot, rattleweed and bugbane. It originated in North America and was used by native people there for centuries to help relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual irregularities, including hot flushes, night sweats and temporary changes in mood like nervous irritability and restlessness.
What is the menopause?
If we were to get technical, ‘menopause’ is the word to describe what happens to women’s bodies when they stop having a period – usually by the ages of 45-55. But, ‘menopause’ is commonly used to describe the period of time leading up to the menopause, which the proper term for is perimenopause. Oestrogen and progesterone start to act differently during this process, rising and falling in an erratic way and causing often uncomfortable symptoms for women while they do so.
What are the symptoms of the menopause?
The most common symptoms include hot flushes and night sweats (60-85% of women get them), which usually last for around 4 years but have also been recorded to last up to 15 years! Another symptom women may experience is a temporary change in their mood, such as restlessness and nervous irritability. Black cohosh root can help to relieve these uncomfortable symptoms as there is evidence it may have hormone-like functions.
If you are experiencing these symptoms and want relief, try taking one of these tablets daily - at the same time every day if possible.
Each film-coated tablet contains 6.5mg of extract
(as dry extract) from Black Cohosh rhizome and
root (Cimicifuga racemosa (L.) Nutt.) (4.5-8.5:1)
(equivalent to 29.25-55.25mg of Black Cohosh).
Extraction solvent: Ethanol 60% v/v.
This product also contains the following ingredients:
Tablet core: Cellulose powdered, lactose
monohydrate, silica colloidal anhydrous, magnesium
stearate, maize starch, cellulose microcrystalline,
sodium starch glycolate (type A).
Film-coating: Hypromellose, macrogol 4000,
titanium dioxide (E171).
For allergens, please see ingredients in bold.
Always read the label before use
|Each tablet contains:|
rhizome and root (Cimicifuga racemosa (L.) Nutt.) (4.5-8.5:1)
(equivalent to 29.25–55.25mg of Black Cohosh).
Do not use if you: Are under 18 years of age, are pregnant or breastfeeding, are allergic to any of the ingredients, have ever had an oestrogen dependant tumour, have liver or kidney problems. As there is evidence that Black Cohosh may have hormone-like actions, it should only be used by women of child bearing potential if contraception is used. Black Cohosh may rarely cause liver problems. If you become unwell (yellowing eyes/skin, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, abdominal pain, unusual tiredness) stop taking immediately and seek medical advice.
Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18.
For oral use. For women experiencing menopausal symptoms, take one tablet daily. Tablets should be taken at the same time of day if possible (morning or evening). Swallow the tablet whole with some water or other liquid. Do not chew the tablets.
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The menopause is defined as the time when a woman stops having periods for at least 12 months and can no longer get pregnant naturally.
Usually this happens between 45 and 55 years of age and starts with periods becoming much less frequent, as the body’s oestrogen levels start to decline.
The term menopause usually describes both the time once periods have stopped as well as the time leading up to this, which is also known as perimenopause.
The menopause can often cause uncomfortable symptoms for women.
Sometimes they can be severe and end up having a negative impact on everyday life and the activities that you would otherwise normally do.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- hot flushes
- night sweats
- nervous irritability
- changes in mood
Unfortunately, these symptoms can last quite some time, beginning months or sometimes years before your periods stop and lasting around four years after that last period - although in some cases they can last even longer.
Black cohosh’s scientific name is cimicifuga racemosa.
It is a herb which is also known as black snakeroot, rattleweed or bugbane.
This perennial plant is a member of the buttercup family and is native to North America.
The root of the herb is used for supplements and traditional herbal medicines and was first used by Native Americans.
During the mid 1950s, black cohosh became popular for use in women’s health in Europe.
Based on traditional use only, black cohosh is used for the relief of symptoms of the menopause such as hot flushes and night sweats as well as temporary changes in mood, such as nervous irritability and restlessness.
Traditionally it was also used for menstrual irregularities.
It is thought that black cohosh acts in a similar way to oestrogen in some women and this is how it helps to relieve menopausal symptoms.
This black cohosh supplement should be taken once daily.
It contains 6.5mg of black cohosh root extract.
The tablets should be swallowed with water and taken at the same time each day if possible, either in the morning or in the evening.
It is thought that within a few weeks of starting to take black cohosh, you can start to see improvements.
It is not recommended that you take the supplement for longer than one year.