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black cohosh

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb, the roots and rhizomes of which contain triterpene glycosides (actein and cimigoside), cimicifugin, salycylates, isoferulic acid, tannins and volatile oils.
Black cohosh should not be used in pregnancy, as it may cause premature labour.
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black co·hosh

(blak kō'hosh)
A herbal made from Cimifuga racemosa and other Cimifuga spp.; widely used for its purported value in treating disorders of the female reproductive system, gastrointestinal disease, insect bites, and other uses; because of its effect on hormonal states, its use in pregnant women must be monitored very carefully.
Synonym(s): baneberry, black snake root, rattleweed, squaw root (1) .
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Commission E has approved the use of black cohosh as a treatment for menopausal symptoms and the World Health Organisation has similarly recognised its use for the treatment of profuse sweating, irritability and sleeping disorders.
Our previous research on the stability of black cohosh constituents showed that triterpene glycosides in black cohosh were stable, but polyphenols changed over time (Jiang et al.
The reviewers found there was insufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of black cohosh for menopausal symptoms.
Despite widespread use and commercial sales of black cohosh, the impact of harvesting is unclear.
Healthy perimenopausal women with typical climacteric symptoms and not on HRT for at least the previous 3 months were given a 264 mg tablet containing 0.364 mL of extract from black cohosh equivalent to 1 mg terpene glycosides and 84 mg of St.
Second was black cohosh (46%), followed by soy supplements and food (42%), antidepressants (32%), meditation and relaxation (26%), evening primrose oil (17%), and blood pressure medications (14%), Some respondents said they used more than one therapy.
A systematic review of the literature on black cohosh in pregnancy found no trials that evaluated its efficacy for inducing labor.
But overall, survey respondents perceived antidepressants to be one of the most effective methods, followed by homeopathy, meditation and relaxation, evening primrose, blood pressure medications, black cohosh, soy products, and multivitamins and calcium.
"However, we do find trends, most notably sharp declines in sales of women's supplements like soy and black cohosh, as well as declines in calcium sales, which skew heavily toward women concerned about osteoporosis."
Of the individual supplements assessed, black cohosh was significantly associated with lower breast cancer risk (adjusted OR 0.39, 95% CI: 0.22, 0.70).
Black cohosh alone or combined with other botanical agents does not relieve the vasomotor symptoms of menopause any better than placebo, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine late last year.
The herb black cohosh didn't curb hot flashes caused by menopause in the longest and largest trial done to date.