When compared to the placebo, black cohosh had no significant difference in reducing the number of hot flashes. And compared against hormone therapy, the herb came out way behind in reducing hot flashes.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 25, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new review, published in the Cochrane Library (which specializes in literature reviews), that has found no solid proof that black cohosh can help a menopausal woman deal with hot flashes and the like.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/women%E2%80%99s-health/study-debunks-this-herbal-remedy-for-menopause), black cohosh has long been a fan-favorite for reducing the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Evidence has always been mixed (as it so often is), but there were enough solid studies and positive links that millions of middle-aged women have taken the plunge to see if it could work for them.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Study Debunks This Herbal Remedy for Menopause,” reports that investigators looked at 16 studies that totaled more than 2,000 women with menopause. In the studies, women used an average of 40 milligrams of black cohosh each day for an average of 5.5 months. In studies, a treatment is always compared to another, so black cohosh was compared against a placebo, red clover, antidepressants, and hormone therapy.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that among 2,000 women studied, there was insufficient evidence to promote this herb’s use for menopausal symptoms. When compared to the placebo, black cohosh had no significant difference in reducing the number of hot flashes. And compared against hormone therapy, the herb came out way behind in reducing hot flashes.
As the article notes, this might come as a bit of a shock to the huge number of women around the world who use black cohosh to manage menopausal symptoms. All this said, a lot of menopausal symptoms have to do with what a woman feels. And for many women, black cohosh may be producing benefits, because they do feel better on it.
Some women feel great improvements and use it for years, some feel slightly better, and some get no benefits at all from black cohosh.
Some other recommended tips for controlling symptoms are; yoga, which may help lower hot flashes; avoiding smoking; creating a regular sleep ritual; exercising regularly; breathing deeply; and meditating.
(SOURCE: Leach, M., et al., “Black cohosh (Cimicifugaspp) for menopausal symptoms,” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2012; 9.)
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