Meet Black Cohosh Root
Black cohosh, also referred to as black snakeroot or bugbane, is a popular medicinal root. It is often used to treat women’s hormone-related symptoms, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual cramps, and menopausal symptoms.
Black cohosh is widely used in the United States, Australia, and Germany. The German government has approved it as a prescription alternative to hormone therapy. In the U.S., black cohosh is available without a prescription. Be sure to talk to your doctor before you take it.
You can purchase black cohosh in extract 20 mg extract pill form (such as Remifemin), which can be taken twice a day. Root, extract, and tincture forms are also available in health food stores.
When black cohosh is used on a regular basis, its only known side effect is occasional stomach discomfort. But black cohosh may have risks that are not yet known, including possible effects on liver function. More research needs to be done before experts can recommend it for long-term use.