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Concerns about Black Cohosh for menopausal symptoms – inconclusive

Black Cohosh is one of the most recommended ‘alternative’ products to treat menopausal symptoms. Recently, however, a number of concerns have been raised about its efficacy and safety after a number of women have suffered liver damage after taking the herb. However, researchers have been unable to verify other contributory factors to possible liver damage such as alcohol consumption and other medication they may be taking and the debate it still continuing.

There are though, a number of situations in which Black Cohosh should be avoided because of it’s highly oestrogenic properties, these include oestrogen sensitive cancers, endometriosis, fibroids and those with a blood clotting disorder. If you have had a kidney transplant or have liver disease you may also be warned not to take the herbs. It may also interact with some other prescription medicines and you can find out more at:


Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational coach and founder of the Hysterectomy Association. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in the adoption and engagement of digital technologies. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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  1. That’s interesting information about black cohosh. When I was first diagnosed with fibroids I bought a couple of books which recommend you take this along with other things and a strict diet to help get rid of fibroids without surgery or medication! Luckily I couldn’t find black cohosh here, the books were American. I didn’t pursue it for a variety of reasons including not being able to stick to the extremely strict diet and contraindications with other meds.

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