Black cohosh, sometimes called black snakeroot, is most commonly used in South Africa for menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes (hot flushes) and night sweats.
In the 19th century, Blackroot was considered a miracle cure in the treatment of tuberculosis, feverish rheumatism, and chorea. It was soon forgotten by conventional medicine. Verification of its homeopathic profile as a remedy led to its reputation as an important medication for women’s health problems.
The root contains triterpene glycosides and has been used in remedies for the relief of symptoms of menopause, premenstrual tension, and other gynecological problems.
Blackroot also seems to have some effects similar to the female hormone, estrogen. In some parts of the body, black cohosh might increase the effects of estrogen. In other parts of the body, it might decrease the effects of estrogen. Blackroot should not be thought of as an “herbal estrogen” or a substitute for estrogen. It is more accurate to think of it as an herb that acts similarly to estrogen in some people.
Black cohosh is most often used to control the symptoms of menopause, such as:
- Hot flashes
- Mood changes
- Sleep problems
- Heart palpitations
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
Women sometimes take it to regulate periods, ease PMS symptoms, and induce labor. Black cohosh root has also been used to relieve arthritis pain and help lower blood pressure.
People with pre-existing liver problems, or those taking any other medication/substance that affects the liver, should either avoid black root or check-in with their health care provider prior to use.
Black snakeroot may not be safe for:
- Women who are pregnant (although it is sometimes used to induce labor)
- Women who have, or have had, breast cancer or uterine cancer
- Women who have endometriosis
- Children under 18
- People with liver disease, a high risk of stroke or blood clots, or seizure disorders
- People with allergies to aspirin
People taking other medicines including birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, sedatives, or blood pressure medicine should not take black cohosh without the approval of their doctors.
If you are wanting to buy black cohosh in South Africa we supply it in both 75g and 1kg options.