Black cohosh, botanical name Actaea racemose, is a herbaceous plant native to eastern North America. It is known under various synonyms including black snakeroot, black bugbane, and fairy candle among others. The herb, which grows from an underground rhizome, is normally found in woodlands, particularly in woodland openings. Its pharmaceutical value as an analgesic, sedative and anti-inflammatory compound was known by the Native American Indians, who used its rhizome to treat various ailments such as sore throat, depression, and kidney problems. Nowadays it is used as a health supplement and as a herbal extract in pill form used to treat symptoms of menopause. However, like all herbal extracts, there have been reports of the Side effects of black cohosh, some of which are examined below.
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Some of the Side effects of black cohosh are experienced within a few minutes after consumption. These direct Side effects of black cohosh include dizziness, headaches, and sweating. However, these
Side effects of black cohosh are not experienced by all people, and only a minority of its users complain of these direct Side effects of black cohosh.
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Some of the Side effects of black cohosh are related to the digestive system, where black cohosh has been known to cause gastric problems. Such Side effects of black cohosh related to the digestive system include nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting. It is advisable that any user that experiences these Side effects of black cohosh should discontinue use immediately, and visit their physician. It has been reported that weight problems are among the Side effects of black cohosh. This is because black cohosh has been known to interfere with the gastrointestinal functions of the body among some of its users, and thus leading to poor nutrition which leads to the user either ballooning up to a great size or wasting away due to poor absorption of nutrients into the body. Among the Side effects of black cohosh experienced by users who had weight problems as a result of black cohosh, consumption included heaviness of legs. The users had the distinct feeling of having heavy legs, and in a few cases, the legs were seen to be swollen, particularly in the regions around the calf and the ankles. Again, it cannot be stressed too much that any user that experiences any such Side effects of black cohosh should cease to use the black cohosh pills, and consult with their physician at once.
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Among the most serious Side effects of black cohosh are liver-related complications. Although these liver-related Side effects of black cohosh are experienced by a small minority of black cohosh users, there have been cases where the liver was extensively damaged, as is the case of a certain 47- year old woman who had to under liver transplant due to acute hepatitis that developed a few weeks after she started to take black cohosh. The pharmacopeia, the body responsible for setting standards within the food and drug industries in the unites states advises all black cohosh users to desist use in case of the appearance of symptoms commonly related to liver disorders such as abdominal pain, jaundice, or black urine.
Other Side effects of black cohosh are related to breast cancer. Though black cohosh has been proved to be a non-carcinogenic substance, it does have seemingly estrogenic characteristics that would have an adverse effect on breast and urine tissues if used for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, studies on the Long term Side effects of black cohosh are yet to be extensively carried out, although it has been conclusively proved that among the Side effects of black cohosh is the acceleration of the rate of development of breast cancer. Black cohosh has the effect of speeding up mitosis in cancerous cells, which leads to a faster prevalence and spread of breast cancer cells.
Other Side effects of black cohosh are related to the circulatory system. Black cohosh has been known to slow down the heartbeat as well as noticeably lowering the blood pressure of some of its users. These Side effects of black cohosh could bring about complications in people who suffer from heart disorders or other diseases such as diabetes.