Take black cohosh for post-menopausal health

The herb black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) strengthened bones and improved sexual function in post-menopausal women in a new German study.

Researchers gave 62 subjects 40 mg of black cohosh per day, 0.6 mg of a synthetic estrogen hormone drug (conjugated estrogens) per day or a placebo for 12 weeks.

Taking blood samples, doctors found that black cohosh stimulated the cells that help reform bone (osteoblasts) and taking a vaginal smear, found that black cohosh slightly increased lubrication of the inner lining of the vagina (mucosa), which can dry as a result of menopause. In order to maintain healthy bones, osteoblasts must stay in balance with osteoclasts––cells that break down bone.

Within the black cohosh group, doctors found no blood markers for damage (coagulation and liver enzymes) and no side effects.

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