Our alcohol-free Greenbush Black Cohosh extract is for women looking to naturally support their menopausal symptoms (including hot flashes, sweating, headache, vertigo, heart palpitations, nervousness, irritability, sleep disturbance, anxiety, vaginal dryness, depression) and are dissatisfied with the current synthetic, alcohol based, or expensive supplements available to them. Unlike these supplements and multi-herb formulas available on the market, our Greenbush Black Cohosh extract is a natural, single-herb supplement without fillers or additives that is created to deliver as much of the active herb, Actaea racemosa, as possible in each dose to you.
No fillers or additives, no “kitchen sink” multi-herb formulas with as many as 20 ingredients, just pure and potent herbs that deliver an active dose that works.
Herbal researcher Dr. James Duke has this to say about Black Cohosh; “Black cohosh really should be better known in this country, especially with our aging population and the millions of women who are now facing menopause. Recognized for its mild sedative and anti-inflammatory activity, black cohosh can help with hot flashes and other symptoms associated with that dramatic change of life called menopause.”
Reproductive health in women, inflammation and pain management, blood pressure, cholesterol, circulatory system, menopause symptoms (including hot flashes, sweating, headache, vertigo, heart palpitations, nervousness, irritability, sleep disturbance, anxiety, vaginal dryness, depression), PMS, painful menstruation, tinnitus. From “Prescription for Natural Healing” Balch and Balch, “The Green Pharmacy” Dr. James Duke, “Natural Health Bible” Bratman and Kroll.
Recommendations and Research
Black cohosh has been approved by German Commission E for use in helping menopausal symptoms, and PMS. Commission E is the highly respected herbal research agency of the German government. Studies have shown that black cohosh provides significant relief of menopausal symptoms in 80% of women using the herb for treatment. Recent alarming health risks associated with synthetic hormones and HRT have led many to believe that black cohosh may be a safer alternative for treating menopausal symptoms. Many women successfully transition from HRT to black cohosh without developing menopausal symptoms.
Herbalist Steven Foster refers to a study that compared the effects of conventional estrogen replacement therapy with black cohosh. That study looked at 60 women, younger than 40 years old, who had had complete hysterectomies and were experiencing abrupt menopause. In all groups, treatment with black cohosh compared favorably with conventional treatment. “Native Americans used the roots and rhizomes of this member of the buttercup family to treat kidney ailments, malaria, rheumatism, and sore throats. Early American settlers turned to it for bronchitis, dropsy, fever, hysteria and nervous disorders, lumbago, rattlesnake bites, and yellow fever. It’s also reportedly well known for easing PMS and menstrual irregularities.”
Recent publicity concerning the health risks of synthetic hormone replacement therapy has led many women to seek more natural solutions. And with good reason. In areas of the world where soy and other estrogenic plants are part of the diet, rates of hormone-related problems are much lower, and menopausal symptoms are almost non-existent. Synthetic hormone replacement is not common in areas where these plants are a natural part of the diet, because it is not needed.
In the U.S., where pharmaceutical companies make $8 billion a year on synthetic hormones, side effects from the therapy are increasing dramatically among menopausal women. Dr. John Lee, author of “What your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause”, blames the increases on synthetic hormones. He says that pharmaceutical companies are well aware of the problems. “The whole thing is madness,” he says, “and it’s driven by greed.” A few simple and natural solutions can clear up the menopausal problems and eliminate the health risks associated with synthetic hormones.
Black cohosh, a common native American medicine, has been found safe and non-toxic, even in very high doses, in a wide variety of studies. There are no known drug interactions though caution should be taken when combining the herb with blood pressure or diabetes medications. Black cohosh has been used to induce labor and should not be used during pregnancy.
Learn more about the benefits of Black Cohosh Extract by clicking on the links below:
Duke JA: Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2001: 120-121.
Foster S: Black cohosh: Cimicifuga racemosa: a literature review. HerbalGram 45: 35-49, 1999.
Upton, R, ed. Black Cohosh Rhizome Actaea racemosa L. syn. Cimicifuga racemosa (L.) Nutt. Standards of analysis, quality control, and therapeutics. American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium. Santa Cruz, CA. American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, 2002: 1-38.
Jacobson JS, Troxel AB, Evans J, et al.: Randomized trial of black cohosh for the treatment of hot flashes among women with a history of breast cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology 19: 2739-2745, 2001.
Lehmann-Willenbrock E, Riedel H-H: Clinical and endocrinological studies on the therapy of ovarian defunctionalization symptoms after hysterectomy sparing the adnexa (in German). Zentralblatt fur Gynakologie 110: 611-618, 1988.
Stoll W: Phytotherapy influences atrophic vaginal epithelium: Double-blind study of Cimicifuga vs. estrogenic substances (in German). Therapeutikon 1: 23-31, 1987.
Warnecke, G: Influencing of menopausal complaints with a phytodrug: successful therapy with Cimicifuga monoextract (in German). Medizinische Welt 36: 871-874, 1985.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Use of botanicals for management of menopausal symptoms. ACOG Practice Bulletin 28: 1-11, 2001.
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