How To Benefit from Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is a versatile herb, used to treat a variety of symptoms.  Black cohosh is usually taken as a supplement in pill or tablet form.  Here is how you could benefit from black cohosh:

  1. Know all about black cohosh.  There are a lot of articles about black cohosh on the Internet, and you could use your search engine to find these.  You can find black cohosh articles on websites about herbal remedies, alternative treatments and holistic health care.  You could also ask your doctor, health care provider or herbologist about this herb.  Look for information about how and when to take it, when you need it and when you don’t, the effects and side effects of the herb and those who can and cannot take the herb.
  2. Black cohosh supplements are used by women to treat different ailments and abnormalities such as infertility, premenstrual syndrome, painful cramps during menstruation, irregular periods and menopausal trouble such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.  This was once used to induce labor, but health professionals now prohibit it.  Pregnant women who are not yet ready to give birth should not take this because black cohosh can trigger uterine contractions.
  3. Black cohosh can also be used to reduce pain from arthritis.  Those who are rheumatic may also find relief by taking black cohosh supplements.
  4. Black cohosh can reduce blood pressure.  However, this is only effective when used alongside good health practices such as staying away from foods that are rich in cholesterol and eating the right amounts of food at the right time.  Exercising regularly is also a factor that can contribute to a normal blood pressure.
  5. Black cohosh can treat bronchial infections.  Black cohosh exhibits antibacterial properties, and it can be used to clear the body’s airways.  It can also relieve spasms, which are common in pertussis.
  6. Black cohosh can relieve headaches caused by different factors such as stress, overexertion, infections, neuralgia, eye-strain and nasal congestion. 
  7. If you are currently taking medication, inform your doctor if you’re planning to take Black cohosh supplements.  Herbs such as Black cohosh may interact with other drugs you are taking and produce side effects or lessen the effectiveness of both drug and herb. 
  8. Know the right dosage for you.  The amount of black cohosh you can take may differ according to your body’s metabolism, your health condition, your tolerance, age, height and weight.  Ask your doctor about how much black cohosh you can take safely in order to avoid complications.
  9. Know the side effects of taking black cohosh.  You may experience side effects when you are taking other medications, if you have a weakened immune system, or if you have certain illnesses.  Side effects of black cohosh are headaches, queasiness, dyspepsia, vomiting, a feeling of heaviness in the lower limbs, sweating, gaining weight and reduced blood pressure.  Never take black cohosh if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, because it will pass through the placenta and the breast milk and cause harm to your baby.
  10. If you’re buying black cohosh products such as pills, tablets, teas and extracts make sure that you are buying from a reputable source. 

Black cohosh has many benefits but use it carefully.  Before using black cohosh or any herb, consult your doctor.


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