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Use Black Cohosh For Hot Flashes Menopause And More

Black cohosh has been used for hundreds of years by many cultures to remedy pneumonia, joint pain, and sluggish labor. Native Americans used it to treat musculoskeletal pain and menstrual irregularities, and European settlers made a black cohosh tonic to support female reproductive health.

More and more research has revealed the potential dangers of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), when it comes to treating hormonal issues. HRT can create an even bigger hormonal imbalance that can worsen menopausal symptoms. Health-conscious women are looking for safer treatments to help balance hormones and relieve symptoms of menopause.

What Is Black Cohosh?

Black cohosh is a member of the buttercup family and it goes by many names, including black bugbane, black snakeroot, and fairy candle. The name is attributed to the plant’s black roots and rhizomes, which are the sections that are used for medicinal purposes. It has become widely used as a natural alternative to HRT in Australia, Germany, and the United States. You can obtain black cohosh without a prescription in the U.S.

Black Cohosh And Menopausal Symptoms:

Since the 1950s, studies have yielded mixed results in regards to whether black cohosh is effective at managing menopausal symptoms. Some research has indicated that it has estrogenic activity, while others studies have shown that it does. The complicated part is understanding how and why black cohosh works for some and not for others. Scientists also have a loose grasp on whether it affects the levels of luteinizing hormone or follicle-stimulating hormone. A 2016 systemic review of randomized clinical trials examined herbal therapies, including the use of black cohosh, to treat menopausal symptoms. This review determined that black cohosh worked for some women and not for others, so more comprehensive research is needed.

The Health Benefits Of Black Cohosh

May Reduce Sleep Disturbances:

Many menopausal women commonly experience sleep disturbances. Since sleep is essential to balancing hormones, lack of sleep disturbs the body’s hormonal management and production, ultimately worsening symptoms of menopause. A recent study on postmenopausal women with sleep disturbances found that black cohosh supplementation helped improve sleep, which in turn stabilized mood and increased energy levels.

May Reduce Bone Loss/Osteoporosis:

Osteoporosis is a common problem for menopausal women. According to research, several compounds in black cohosh have biological activity and plant-derived estrogens, also known as phytoestrogens. Biological molecules in black cohosh have been shown to reduce bone loss caused by osteoporosis, but more research needs to be done on this matter.

May Reduce Hot Flashes:

One of the primary symptoms of menopause is hot flashes, so black cohosh has been heavily studied as a potential remedy for them. Some research is inconclusive because exact dosage to reduce hot flashes is inconsistent. Even though findings are mixed, many women find that black cohosh greatly helps in the reduction of hot flashes. Certain systemic reviews have found that it is more effective than a placebo, and that taking black cohosh regularly can reduce the severity hormonal imbalance.

May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids:

Uterine fibroids, which are benign growths in the uterus, typically appear during the height of a woman’s fertile years. While Tibolone, a synthetic steroid drug, is used to treat fibroids outside of the United States, women with fibroids in the U.S. are commonly prescribed hormone-based drugs. In a 2014 study, black cohosh was compared to Tibolone to see the effectiveness of treating fibroids. The tests revealed that black cohosh may be a more appropriate treatment than the synthetic alternative.

Dosage:

As far as proper dosage goes, health experts generally recommend taking between 40-80 milligrams of standardized black cohosh extract per day. This is a typical dosage to help relieve menopausal symptoms. If you have hot flashes, however, start with a lower dosage of 20-40 milligrams, which you take twice daily and increase as needed.

Sources:

https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/tn9522
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/BlackCohosh-HealthProfessional/
https://www.verywellhealth.com/black-cohosh-88875
https://draxe.com/nutrition/black-cohosh/

2020-03-20T11:37:08-07:00

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    Q: Is black cohosh good for clearing out the lymph system? My doctor says my tests are all normal but I've had painful armpit lymph nodes now for 7 weeks! I haven't had anything like this since the 80's when I had mononucleosis. I am a diet and exercise controlled type 2 diabetic. I'm also wondering if the ibuprofen I take for sciatica has triggered this weird reaction. The doctor keeps saying my tests are all fine but I know my glands are unhappy. I also am just starting menopause. I am about to go on a 3 week detox. Do you suggest any herbs?

    A:

    Black Cohosh is a great female tonic herb but if you want a great lymph cleansing herb, you should try LOBELIA, RED ROOT, WILD INDIGO BARK, CLEAVERS, GOLDENSEAL, ECHINACEA, or MULLEIN LEAF.

    You should consider detoxifying your body. Please give our Full Body Cleanse a try. It can provide a myriad of benefits for you and your body.

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    Q: Is true that blue, and black cohosh can cause a miscarriage?

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    Because they are oxytocic in nature, which means they make the uterus contract. Taking too much of them during pregnancy, may result in a miscarriage. Please read the following article entitled Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Detoxing.

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    Q: Should black cohosh and other traditionally considered female herbs be consumed by males?

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    They can be consumed by males. Black cohosh is healthy for the heart!

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    Q: I was on the computer, I came across the article on the big ole butt. In the article you said (paraphrase) that successful women tend to be sick. Are you saying that these women should not try to be successful? in my opinion if black women are overweight, they cannot blame the corporate lifestyle, they have to blame themselves. We are all in control of our own lifestyle, those same corporate black women, if they were working 9-5 at some factory somewhere, they would still be fat. I do agree with you when you stated that many black women lack will power to fast. I think that we lack will power to do anything that is beneficial to us. Yes I do agree with you that the steatopygia female does look like a "pig". their faces tend to take on pig like facial features. Yes you are right that miss steatopygia tends to wear tight pants, (in my opinion that type of backside is stinky looking). So yes there is some parts of the article I do agree with. Far too many of us black women, tend to be stubborn and too defensive. I am glad that your site does exist, because far too many sites like to blame "whitey". You are one of the few black health specialists, that put the blame on us, and you should because our lifestyle is our responsibility.

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    No, these women should BECOME successful, but not lose their health and/or souls in the process of becoming successful. The corporate sector has played a great "role" in Black women gaining weight because the jobs are too sedentary and they have access to too much sugary junk which converts to fat because corporate jobs don't allow them to burn off the fat. I've seen this firsthand with many once fine sisters who blew up like houses within a 5 year period. Corporate America was the venue in which Black women CHOSE to let their health go by the wayside, at least the majority of them. Thank you for sharing your views and sentiments on this Dear Sista! Much obliged!

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    Q: What do you recommend for someone who has been diagnosed with Lupus. Lupus is a blood disorder which is found mostly in Black Women (all minorities), but Black Women have been given this diagnosis more frequently so I've been told by doctors.

    A: We recommend performing the Full Body Cleanse, followed by the Anti-Viral Cleanse. These cleanses will help optimize all the essential organs and systems of your body, and then help. to fight viral infections and build the immune system. By performing these cleanses, you can help your body eliminate toxins that are contributing to symptoms of Lupus.

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    Q: How do black women deal with this and is there a cure or help? I currently am dealing with hair bumps on my scalp. This is embarrassing. Please Help.

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    READ THE ARTICLE â€FOLLICULITIS AND PSUEDO-FOLLICULTIS†BECAUSE IT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION. GOOD INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE. START HERE!

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    Q: I was having a discussion with my sons father about whether or, not black americans are descedants of africa. He says he is black, and is not a descendant from africa. That "we" can be from any where, not just africa. He doesn't accept the term african american. My sister was present, and she agreed with him. His statement made me so angry! Do think blacks are descedents of africa? Where else are we from, Europe? I thought this was just ignorant of thim to say. Unfortunately being slightly ignorant of this subject myself, I didnt have a way to argue that we are african. Are we black people descedents of africa? Should we use the term Afrian American?

    A:

    Undoubtedly we are descendants of Africa (Afraka) and we should also socially and politically go by African-American for purposes of claiming our civil rights under a government we pay tax dollars to so as to serve our interests as American citizens.

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    Q: I am a 60 yr old black female. I am 5ft 2in and 155 lbs. good health basically except for hypertension treated with meds. I take lopressor 25mg b.i.d. otherwise in pretty good shape. I have been experiencing shoulder pain that radiates to my forearm with some swelling. All x-rays have been negative. Can you suggest what may be causing this problem? It is not constant, but very frequent and uncomfortable, especially at night.

    A:

    Please give the FULL BODY DETOX a try as it should help your hypertension and pain. A lot of times the problem is metaphysical, i.e. "shouldering too much responsibility". After the cleanse daily use of CARDIO-VASCULAR FORMULA and CIRCUL-AID FORMULA.

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    Q: Hi, I'm a 51 year old black woman. I have been living with chronic pain for the past two years. I had several medical tests without any definite findings. There has been some talk of MS. My feet, legs and back hurt all the time. I ordered the female detox but upon reading it seems that I need the total body cleanse. Please let me know of anyone the Columbus, Ohio area that may be able to assist me.

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    I would recommend the FULL BODY DETOX (FBD) and then you should see chiropractic for the pain. The FBD should help with the pain though.

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    Q: Could you please tell me if you recommend castor oil or black currant seed oil to be used with the PARASITE FORMULA and at what quantity ( 1 tsp or more?) Also, can you tell me your thoughts bad and good on black currant seed oil? And does either of these oils ingested cause weight gain because of the fatty content? Just trying to get a better understanding of these oils and the benefits and drawbacks of them.

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    Go with castor oil over black currant seed. These oils don't induce weight gain!

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    Q: What can I use to get rid of pimples and to get rid of black spots on my face? Also, I am an african american woman and I have facial hair; what can I do about that?

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    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX. Next, TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE! Perform facial steaming too (as much as possible). Use OZ OIL after you steam your face. Only use a natural soap on your face, i.e. Kiss My Face.

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    Q: Question, I'm vegan/vegetarian 27 male (black)...I'm having symptoms of the Flu: cold chills, like sinus headache, lost of appetite, shoulder pain!...I've been dealing wit' this now for 3 days; the worst is over, no more cold chills & just got my appetite back today and no more body pain; but I still have a slight headache, I can move my eyes around a bit more. In the future what way can I safeguard my internal against such sicknesses?

    A:

    DHERBS: BATH IN HOT WATER, 1 BOX OF SEA SALT DAILY! FOR HEADACHES, TAKE DHERBS HEADACHE & PAIN FORMULA AND HEADACHE TEA. PERFORM AN ENEMA. RAINFOREST TONIC AND IMMUNE SUPPORT IS A GREAT FORMULA THAT GUARDS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.

    And I have a 4yr. daughter after being sick what type of accentual oils are good for cleaning & killing germs after this sickness is over?

    DHERBS: ESSENTIAL OILS OF TEA TREE, NIAOULI, RAVENSARE, MANUKA, CAJEPUT, EUCALYPTUS, AND LEMON.

    What are some other effective natural herbs that r affective in curing these symptoms? (beside the ones listed down below)

    DHERBS: ECHINACEA, GOLDENSEAL, CAT'S CLAW, PAU D' ARCO, GINSENG, ELDERBERRY, AND ASTRAGALUS

    I've been fighting these symptoms with Lemon Juice ginger Echinacea (combination) Lemon Water (spring), Green tea & today just got a bit of my appetite back: vegetarian chili w/garlic. I've been burning Tea oil & lemon grass; don't ask why those just gave me the most comfort.

    DHERBS: ALWAYS DO WHAT WORKS, BELOVED!

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    Q: I was reading about a famous black author who died of brain cancer and I wanted to know what does it mean on a metaphysical level? Cancer of the brain, breast, colon, mouth. What does this signify other than extreme toxicity? What does poor circulation mean metaphysically speaking? Do you think there is a link between hair dyes, hair relaxers (burners) and brain cancer and lupus among black females. This is "off the cuff" but I hate seeing black females with straightened hair and hair coloring. I really hate it. I hate long claws (fake fingernails).

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    Metaphysically, cancer denotes a feeling being eaten up (on the inside) by some emotion or emotions, always negative emotions. Mouth cancer - the person refused to speak out their hurt, anger, pain, etc. Breast cancer - the female failed to get things off of her chest or neglected caring for herself (nurturing herself, her wounds and pains, etc.). Colon cancer - the person couldn't stomach things but failed to release what was emotionally eating away at them.

    Metaphysically speaking, poor circulation means your "life flow" is stagnant due to the burdens of life "weighing you down." Most people with poor circulation have weight issues. In addition they may be "poor" and their cash flow does not "circulate" the way they'd would like and so worries about bills and other financial responsibility makes them eat away their worries whereby they gain weight and hamper their bodily circulation.

    And yes, chemicals in hair products (dyes, conditioners, relaxers) are playing a role in certain cancers of the head (i.e. brain cancer).

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    Q: Hi I'm a 48 year old black man and I need some help I got a lot going on I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. I had a heart attack 12-24-07. I smoke about a pack a day and have low sex drive. and it looks like I ate a basket ball. I'm 5'9" and 252 lbs so I need to lose about 60 pounds mostly in my belly and to top it off I can't take a walk or PLAY POOL because I have sciatica I can't bend over to the table. I'm sluggish all day. So what herbs do you recommend?

    A:

    Beloved, you need to first detox (FULL BODY DETOX) followed by the PANCREAS CLEANSE AND REGIMEN followed by the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE followed by the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE. A lot of cleanses but if you perform them you'll wipe away all of your present conditions something you need to do and fast. Start with one kit at a time and proceed with the next.

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    Q: Is it normal when your first menstrual period is black? If no, what is cause and possible healing? Secondly, when I pressed my nipples something like pimples usually comes out. Can this hinder conception?

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    From what you have described, you are greatly toxic, and really need to give your body a detox. I recommend that you first perform our Full Body Detox, followed by our Total Woman Cleanse. Your female reproductive system is also taxed. Please consider changing your diet: less meats and dairy products as well as refined grains. Eat more fruits and vegetables. After detoxing, consume daily our Calcium Phosphate (3 caps daily), Moon Cycle Formula (3 caps daily), Iron Phosphate (3 caps daily), and Female Health Tea (1-2 cups daily).

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    Q: I am black mixed with, native american, and caucasian. My blood type is A. Does this matter as far as, what I should eat? And if so, where is the true information on this?

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    Please read the article "Eat Right For Your Blood Type?" located in our articles section.

    Eat Right For Your Blood Type?

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    Q: I am a 49 year old black female with stage 4 Sarcoidosis with Pulmonary Aspergillosis. I would like to know if there is some type of supplement that will help me with this problem. I had read an article about boiling garlic until it turns into a syrup, but I misplaced the article. Are there items I can purchase at the herb store? I'm taking prescribed lung medicine called voriconazole and inhalers. Can you help me?

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    Please read the following article entitled Sarcoidosis, below are some recommendations, there is help for you Beloved!

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    Q: I am currently on the Full Body Detox. It's my 4th or 5th time & I love the results each time. My question is: I was told that it is okay to eat black beans while on the Full Body Detox, but only black beans. Although I love black beans, & would love to be able to eat them while detoxing, I wouldn't want to interfere with the detox or defeat the purpose. I look forward to you response. It sounds too good to be true...but if it is, why only black beans?

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    You are misinformed on the black beans or any beans for that matter, Beloved. Beans should be avoided during the Full Body Detox unless eaten SPROUTED. Sprouted beans are the only exception because they are not cooked!

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    Q: While researching the activated charcoal, I noticed that the product will turn ones insides black. How long will my insides remain black?

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    Not long at all!

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    Q: I am a medium brown colored black male, age 41. I am conscious about what I eat. However, I am experience spotty scalp discolorations on my head scalp and neck area. There are like an almost white color. Dermatologists can't help it. It just comes and goes. I can not figure out what it is? I don’t drink sodas, fried foods, I am big on fruits, vegetables, salads, and I take omega 3fish oil, vitamin E. I wear my hair cut low bald style and would like to know what can return my skin color back to an even tone. Please HELP. I urgently want to remedy this problem.

    A:

    ANY SKIN PROBLEM IS A BLOOD PROBLEM. WORK ON CLEANSING YOUR BLOOD AND MAKING SURE YOUR BODY GETS THE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS IT REQUIRES.