Black cohosh, also known as black snakeroot or bugbane, is a medicinal root. It is used to treat women's hormone-related symptoms, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual cramps, and menopausal symptoms.
Studies on black cohosh have had mixed results. Some studies have shown that black cohosh can relieve menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. But other studies have shown that black cohosh does not relieve symptoms.
Be sure to talk to your doctor before you take it.
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Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Carla J. Herman MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine