Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)
This herb is best known for alleviation of menopause symptoms.
Black cohosh has estrogenic properties. Gastric discomfort is the most common side effect. Those with history of stroke or thromboembolism should avoid black cohosh. Cardiovascular and neurological (seizures) adverse events were reported by a very small number of patients taking black cohosh, although the link between the two is not solidly established. Black cohosh should not be taken by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. No safety information is available for children.
Anyone with hormone-sensitive malignancies or those taking drugs such as tamoxifen or HRT may want to avoid or use cautiously. May interact with hormones, NSAIDs, anti-androgenic, and anticoagulant drugs.
May lower blood pressure and interfere with liver function tests.
If you decide to take black cohosh despite the warnings, do so with a full glass of water. Blue cohosh is not the same as black cohosh – do not substitute one for the other.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.