10 May Using Black Cohosh during Menopause
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa) is a plant with white flowering spires rising over the leaves. Black Cohosh is native to the Eastern area of North America. European colonists were introduced to Black Cohosh by Native Americans who used it over hundreds of years to relieve menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms. Black Cohosh has been widely used in Europe for over 5 decades to treat menopausal symptoms and menstrual discomfort and it is even approved in Germany to treat premenstrual discomfort and menopausal symptoms.
During menopause the ovaries start reducing the production of estrogen and this has a knock-on effect that ends up impacting many bodily functions. As the body is a complex system with many interdependencies, the results of this hormonal imbalance are hot flashes, night sweats amongst many other symptoms. This is why hormone replacement therapy is a common treatment in menopause. Black Cohosh seems to acts as estrogen fooling the body into thinking that estrogen levels are appropriate.
Menopause is a natural process, a system developed over thousands of years and fighting against it is probably not the best approach. We should try to work so that the estrogen decline is not as steep to give the body more time to adjust itself to this change, and this is something we can achieve with the right herbs and lifestyle.
Along with Black Cohosh and other time proven herbs, you should increase your consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts; do moderate but regular exercise, reduce sugar and if you smoke stop it immediately. To reap the benefits of Black Cohosh and support effectively the management of Menopausal symptoms, try a cup of Geobana’s Menopause Blend Herbal Tea but don’t forget to check with your healthcare professional first.
Love and health,
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