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Black Cohosh: Nature’s Estrogen Replacement?

In the last few decades, after clinical studies cast shadows on hormone replacement therapy to treat many of the symptoms of menopause, the medical establishment and millions of women have associated HRT with health concerns such as cancer and heart disease. With this in mind, many women have looked for alternative and all-natural forms of treatment for menopause. One of the more popular treatments women have turned to is the herb black cohosh.


Is Evening Primrose Oil Beneficial for Menopause?

When it comes to treating the symptoms of menopause, more women are turning to all-natural, organic treatments as a way to combat these unpleasant occurrences. Wary of the possible health risks associated with hormone replacement therapy, many women have started exploring botanically based medicines, including evening primrose oil, as a remedy.


St. John’s Wort, Depression, and Hot Flashes

Many people, both men and women, take the herbal treatment St. John’s Wort for mild-to-moderate depression. In the case of menopausal women, it is a safe, more natural alternative compared to hormone replacement therapy when depression is one of their symptoms. Like some of the other alternative medicines being used to relieve menopausal symptoms today, St. John’s Wort comes from a flower and is considered very safe to use.


Natural Remedies May Offer Relief

If you're interested in mitigating hot flashes by natural means, herbs can offer a reduction in—not a cure for—them. Black cohosh is a scientifically tested herb available in several forms. There have been some mixed results in studies, but the herb remains a popular choice to combat hot flashes. Remifemin®, a lab-controlled and standardized form offered by a pharmaceutical company, is probably the most expensive form of black cohosh available to the consumer, but it's also the most widely studied in a clinical setting. It consists of little pills that are taken once in the morning and once in the evening every day.

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