Black cohosh offers little relief from hot flashes

December 21, 2006 in Menopause, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, Women's Health

Black cohosh offers little relief from hot flashes
In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the National Institute on Aging and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine have found that black cohosh may offer little relief from menopausal symptoms.

Black cohosh, a member of the buttercup family, has long been believed to help reduce symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes.

In the 12-month study, researchers randomly assigned 351 pero-menopausal and post-menopausal women to one of five intervention groups; black cohosh, multi-botanical supplement, multi-botanical supplement plus diet counseling, menopausal hormone therapy or a placebo.

Women were evaluated after three, six, and 12 months.  Researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine that black cohosh reduced the occurrence of hot flashes by 0.6 episodes per day, a number researchers said was statistically insignificant.

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