Health Canada issues warning against black cohosh

August 31, 2006 in Menopause, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Health Canada issues warning against black cohosh
Health Canada has issued an advisory about the safety of black cohosh after a possible link was made between the herb and liver damage. There have been three reported cases of liver damage in Canada as a result of taking the herb.

The herb, used to relieve menopausal symptoms has also received similar advisories in the UK and Australia.

Black cohosh, also known as actaea racemosa or cimicifuga racemosa, is a member of the buttercup family and is a plant native to North America.

Traditionally, it has been used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and has been a popular alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Health Canada urges consumer to "discontinue the use of products containing black cohosh and consult a physician if they have unusual fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, or if they develop symptoms suggestive of liver injury such as yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine or abdominal pain." 

For more information, please visit the Health Canada website

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