Black Cohosh for Menopause
Though menopause marks the end of having regular periods, which sounds as if that is a good thing, it tends to come with many unpleasant side effects for most women. Hot flashes, poor sleep, night sweats, and weight gain are amongst the most common symptoms associated with menopause. During the period of time where the body transitions toward menopause, which is referred to as perimenopause, these symptoms arise and can cause a lot of discomfort along with an overall reduction in quality of life.
Black cohosh, or Actaea racemose, in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been viewed as cooling herb. This makes it particularly useful in balancing yin energy in menopausal women, especially when the symptoms of kidney yin deficiency present.
Kidney yin is called our nourishing energy and is responsible for regulating fluid in our body.
When the deficiency of kidney yin, it results in a lack of moisture in the body system which leads to heat, dryness and stiffness, can cause insomnia, night sweats, hot flashes, and irritability.
As an adaptogen (an herb that helps your body withstand stress), black cohosh can help reduce these symptoms without making you feel sleepy or sluggish during the day. If you are in need of relief from these symptoms, then read on to learn more about using black cohosh for menopause.
Black Cohosh for Hot Flashes
Also know as vasomotor symptoms or used interchangeable with night sweats, hot flashes are one of the more common symptoms of menopause. Practitioners of TCM have been using black cohosh for night sweats for ages. In fact, studies have shown that women who took black cohosh achieved a 26% reduction in their hot flash symptoms which was more than twice that of what was reported by the placebo group.
Black Cohosh for Menopausal Sleep Problems
Many women report sleep disturbances during both perimenopause and menopause. In a 2015 study, women who were experiencing disturbed sleep found relief from taking black cohosh. After a six-month period, women reported better sleep quality and sleep efficiency. They even found that they were able to stay asleep longer without regularly waking during the night.
How Does Black Cohosh for Menopause Work?
Black cohosh brings relief to menopause symptoms due to its estrogenic effect. Since menopause means that the levels of estrogen in the body are now officially on the decline, black cohosh’s estrogenic effects may act as a natural form of hormone replacement.
Some symptoms of menopause improve using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Black cohosh may have a serotonergic effect on the central nervous system, which may provide relief. This is thanks to its ability to bind to serotonin receptors.
Black cohosh can also act as a natural anti-inflammatory. The reduction in inflammation can result in a reduction of both hot flashes and night sweats.
Where buy black cohosh
Black cohosh is available in pill, tincture and creams forms, it can be purchased at any local or online health food store. Consult with your doctor before taking black cohosh if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How Long Before I See Results?
There is no exact timeline that will apply to everyone, but most women who take black cohosh will start feeling relief of symptoms in as little as one week. To be sure you’re experiencing a natural relief of kidney yin deficiency, it’s important that you use black cohosh for a period of time.
If you, like most menopausal women, are struggling with hot flashes, night sweats, and sleeps disturbances, consider speaking to your healthcare practitioner about supplementing with black cohosh for menopause as an affordable, drug-free option. It has a proven track record of reducing common menopause symptoms while also resulting in better quality sleep.
Frequently asked questions
Side effects and precautions
Consult a healthcare professional or discontinue use if you have liver disease or develop symptoms of liver disease such as abdominal pain, dark urine, or jaundice. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Black cohosh may unsafe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding.
Black Cohosh tablets by GinSen are formulated for perimenopause and menopause. This powerful herb reduces any imbalances in the hormone estrogen and provides relief from symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, cramps, vaginal dryness, and excessive sweating. By getting to the root cause, Black Cohosh tablets support transition through menopause, calms the mind and eases stress.
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