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Black Cohosh has been used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years. It is a plant which is part of the buttercup family that grows in eastern and central areas of the United States. It was used by Native Americans as a remedy for women’s health conditions, such as menstrual cramps and hot flashes. It was also used for arthritis, muscle pain, sore throat, cough and indigestion. The juice of the plant was used as an insect repellent and was made into a salve and applied to snake bites. It is also used to treat thyroid problems.

Black Cohosh is used for almost all female problems. Today it is used primarily as a nutritional supplement for hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, vaginal dryness and other symptoms that can occur during menopause, as well as for menstrual cramps and bloating. It is also used for breast enhancement.

Black Cohosh helps to reduce inflammation, produces sweating to excrete toxins lodged in the tendons and joints. It has antispasmodic properties, which will help with pain and spasms. There is some evidence that black cohosh is useful in alleviating tinnitus.

CAUTION: If headaches occur while taking this herb the body probably has sufficient estrogen and the herb should be discontinued. It should never be used by a pregnant woman without supervision by a qualified healthcare provider because it could stimulate uterine contractions and result in miscarriage. Black cohosh contains small amounts of salicylic acid, so people with allergies to aspirin or salicylates should avoid black cohosh. People with a history of blood clots or stroke, seizures, liver disease and those who are taking medications for high blood pressure should not use black cohosh.






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