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Can Black Cohosh Relieve Menopausal Symptoms?

08/11/2003

Question:

What is your opinion of Black Cohosh for relief of menopausal symptoms?

Answer:

This question has been forwarded by Diet & Nutrition: Black Cohosh has been shown to be an effective remedy for menopausal symptoms. The brand name that has been studied most commonly is Remifemin. It has been shown to be beneficial for hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal, and psychological symptoms of menopause. It even inhibits breast cancer cells in the test tube. There needs to be more research done with Black Cohosh to determine use in breast cancer and for osteoporosis, but my patients seem to benefit from its use. 

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Response by:

Tanya I Edwards, MD, MEd Tanya I Edwards, MD, MEd
Formerly, Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University