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What is black cohosh?

Black cohosh is a hardy plant found in the forests of North America. Extracts of black cohosh are prepared from the plant's dried roots and thickened, underground robot-like stem (rhizome).

In laboratory studies, extracts of black cohosh have shown estrogen-like properties. It is used for treating the following conditions:
  • premenstrual discomfort
  • painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea)
  • menopausal symptoms

Black cohosh is available in a variety of product types. The recommended daily dose of a black cohosh product is the equivalent of 40 milligrams of the crude herbal preparation, which consists of dried roots and rhizome. Use of black cohosh should not exceed six months.

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