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Black cohosh is arguably the multi-tasker of perimenopausal support. From its stress-reducing properties to its potential to alleviate hot flashes and night sweats, this plant has a lot to offer women, especially once hormones start changing.
Why We Love Black Cohosh
- We’re here to make products that work, and black cohosh is a tried and true, widely-used ingredient in cultures around the world. It’s even included in more than a few conventional products.
- Clinical research suggests that black cohosh is an effective stress reducer for people performing complicated and frustrating tasks. If that doesn’t reflect your experience of being a 21st century woman 1) congratulations and 2) what’s your secret? Are you sure you’re not already taking black cohosh?
- This herb delivers on the two things Wile is here to do: help women over 40 feel better emotionally AND ease the physiological impacts of changing hormones.
Mood enhancing - it helps activate serotonin receptors in your brain. Meaning, it boosts your mood.
Reduces hot flashes and night sweats - both historical and clinical evidence support claims that black cohosh can reduce hot flashes and night sweats, which is great news for everyone who’s ever wished that they could carry an industrial-strength fan around with them.
Pain relief - compounds in black cohosh bind to your brain’s opioid receptors, making it helpful in easing aches and pains. And no, black cohosh it won’t get you high or become habit-forming.
Menstrual pain relief - we already mentioned general pain relief, but after 40 periods can get tough even if they once were quite easy. Anything that can aid PMS and period pain deserves its own discussion.
We’re certainly not the first to this party. Western Herbal Medicine has long used black cohosh to treat menstrual discomfort and cramps, PMS, the effects of menopause, nervous spasms, pain, and arthritis.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, black cohosh is used to balance the qi in the kidneys and uterus. It’s also recognized as an aid for nervous system and musculoskeletal support.
About the Plant
Black cohosh is a bushy shrub with tall spikes of white flowers. It’s native to Eastern North America, and bees and butterflies love it! Black cohosh’s medicinal compounds are mainly located in the rhizomes and roots.
Wile Products Featuring Black Cohosh:
Things to Know About Black Cohosh:
There’s a possibility that black cohosh could interact with some blood cholesterol medications, so check in with a doctor if you’re using them.
Black cohosh is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding people, people with liver damage, or people with hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer.
Clinical Research on Black Cohosh
- Re: Black Cohosh Reduces Physiological and Psychological Stress Responses - American Botanical Council
- Herbal medicine in womens' life cycle
- Effect of black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa) on vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women: a randomized clinical trial
This article is intended for informational purposes and is not intended to replace a one-on-one medical consultation with a professional. Wile, Inc researches and shares information and advice from our own research and advisors. We encourage every woman to research, ask questions and speak to a trusted health care professional to make her own best decisions.