If you can get past the bitter and somewhat pungent taste of black cohosh, you can experience its numerous benefits.
For one, it has a cooling effect on the body, making it a great remedy for menopausal hot flashes and night sweats. It also has the ability to bind to your body’s opioid receptors and reduce pain.
Black cohosh has multiple benefits as well as nicknames.
It’s also known as fairy candle, rattle weed, black snakeroot, rheumatism weed, and black bugbane. The nickname snakeroot originates from the herb’s use as a treatment for rattlesnake bites. Another, black bugbane, is derived from its bug-repellent properties.
It’s a one-size-fits-all kind of herb because its roots and rhizomes (underground stems) contain three vital compounds:
- Glycosides: Sugar compounds that bind black cohosh to serotonin receptors
- Phytoestrogens: Plant compounds that have similar effects to estrogen
- Iso-ferulic acids: Anti-inflammatory substances that can ease pain
1 – It Balances Your Hormone Levels
Back cohosh contains plant estrogen compounds (phytoestrogens) that balance female reproductive hormones and can relieve hot flashes.
During menopause, the estrogen and progesterone levels in your body become unbalanced.
Estrogen is a reproductive hormone that plays multiple roles in your body including regulating the menstrual cycle, maintaining bone health, and developing your breasts. Progesterone facilitates egg fertilization and maintains pregnancy.
These two hormones are vital to the reproductive functions in your body. The only catch is that they have to be balanced. Any imbalance between estrogen and progesterone, and you’ll start to experience uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and mood swings.
Yet a balance between estrogen and progesterone doesn’t mean they should be at the same level. The table below shows a clearer picture of what the optimal estrogen and progesterone levels in pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women should be.
|Reproductive State||Estrogen Levels||Progesterone Levels|
|Pre-menopausal||30–400 picograms per milliliter||6–80 picograms per milliliter|
|Post-menopausal||Below 30 picograms per milliliter||Below 6 picograms per milliliter|
The optimal ratio of progesterone to estrogen is 200:1000. In postmenopausal women, this ratio tends to be low because of increasing levels of progesterone or decreasing levels of estrogen.
Additionally, the release of estrogen and progesterone is triggered by the hypothalamus—the part of your brain that also controls body temperature. Therefore, any imbalance between these hormones directly affects thermoregulation and can lead to hot flashes and night sweats.
Black cohosh can help to restore this balance. However, you need to get the dosage right.
Since it has estrogen-like properties, taking too much black cohosh for hot flashes can exaggerate the hormonal imbalance in your system and make your symptoms worse. Taking too little may not have any effect on your symptoms.
The table below shows the recommended doses for black cohosh depending on the form you’re taking it in.
|Form Of Black Cohosh||Amount||Frequency|
|Capsules/Tablets||20–40 ml||Twice a day|
|Liquid tincture||2–4 ml||Three times a day|
|Tea||20g of dried root boiled in 34 oz of water||One cup three times a day|
Expert Tip: Taking black cohosh for hot flashes for longer than 6 months may cause slight liver damage. Consult your doctor if you intend to use black cohosh for more than 6 months.
2 – It’s a Natural Alternative to HRT
Black cohosh is a great natural alternative for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) because it contains phytoestrogens—plant compounds that act similarly to estrogen in your body.
Undergoing HRT for menopause involves taking estrogen only or both estrogen and progesterone. You can take estrogen and progesterone supplements in the form of tablets, skin patches, or estrogen gel.
Yet, as much as HRT can help relieve different stages of menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, it does include some risks. You may experience symptoms such as:
- Mood swings and depression
- Nausea and vomiting
Black cohosh is a much safer alternative.
Women take black cohosh for hot flashes, recurring night sweats, moodiness, and sleep disturbances. It also contains anti-inflammatory substances called iso-ferulic acids that can help relieve joint pain and muscle aches that occur during menopause.
Combined with other plant-based herbs, like chamomile, ashwagandha powder, and red clover, black cohosh can help relieve hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause as soon as you start taking it.
“It’s only been 2 weeks … I haven’t had a hot flash since I started taking them. I even can wear a blanket at night.”
– Eda Mama, United States
To make our Bust Bunny Hormonal Balance supplement, we combine nine non-GMO ingredients including black cohosh. The other eight ingredients are:
- Maca roots
- Red clover
- Angelica sinensis
- Ginger root
- Ashgandha powder
- Vitamin E
Our all-vegetable capsules are manufactured in an FDA-compliant facility. We’ve removed all additives and fillers to give you an all-natural supplement that provides relief from menopausal symptoms such as night sweats, mood swings, and nausea.
3 – It Has Little to No Side Effects
Compared to other methods of relieving hot flashes, such as HRT, black cohosh is safer because it’s an all-natural supplement. You can take the herb in the form of tablets, tincture, or drink it as a tea.
However, taking more than the recommended dosage can lead to complications such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Joint pain
- Stomach upset
This is why it’s essential that you take the recommended dosage. You won’t experience any complications if you take just two of our Bust Bunny Hormonal Balance tablets every day.
Additionally, our Hormonal Balance supplement contains eight other herbal ingredients, including vitamin E, chamomile, red clover, and maca root, which help to reduce inflammation in the body.
Our capsules are the ideal solution for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause-related symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats.
Expert Tip: Black cohosh may also stimulate contractions and lead to premature labor. For this reason, health professionals recommend that pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers avoid taking it.
4 – It Regulates Your Body Temperature
Black cohosh binds to serotonin receptors, including those that help regulate body temperature.
To explain, serotonin is the happiness chemical in your brain.
It influences several biological functions in your body including aggression, sleep, memory, mood, and thermoregulation. If your serotonin receptors are blocked, you may experience symptoms such as sweating, shivering, and hot flashes.
Since black cohosh contains compounds called Glycosides that have a serotonin-like effect, it can bind to serotonin receptors in the brain and regulate your body temperature.
In a 2018 study published in the National Library of Medicine, researchers tried to identify the effect of black cohosh on the central body temperature of rats.
After monitoring the temperature of the rats for six weeks, they concluded that black cohosh extract was correcting abnormal thermoregulation in the body.
Stay Cool With Black Cohosh
So there you have it.
Black cohosh can help relieve hot flashes and other symptoms of PMS and menopause. Just remember to stick to the recommended dosage.
With our Bust Bunny Hormonal Balance supplement, you get all the benefits of black cohosh as well as other herbs like red clover and ginger root. We’ve been helping women improve their health and relieve their menopausal symptoms since 1999.
Our brand is trusted by health-conscious women who want natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy.
We developed Bust Bunny’s unique formula using hard-to-find extracts and botanical ingredients that can alleviate your menopausal symptoms as well as boost your immune system.
Black cohosh, with all its benefits, is only one ingredient in our Hormonal Balance supplement. Bust Bunny Hormonal Balance can also relieve cramps, nausea, mood swings, irritability, and reduce inflammation in the body.
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