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Black cohosh tea is made from the roots of the black cohosh plant, which is native to North America. It is often used for its ability to treat ailments relating to the female reproductive system. Some women claim it is particularly helpful in treating symptoms of menopause. Black cohosh in tea form is one of the many ways in which the plant might be consumed. It is also available in tonic, supplement, and powder form.
The tea is made by soaking the roots of the plant in water and allowing it to boil for about 30 minutes. It is also available in tea bags, which may be a slighter quicker method of preparation. Many people describe the taste of black cohosh tea as incredibly bitter and not particularly pleasant. Some companies that sell black cohosh tea make flavored varieties, which could make drinking the tea a little easier for people who are repulsed by the taste. Anyone who cannot get used to the bitterness may be better off to consume it in supplement form.
Black cohosh contains phytoestrogen, which is similar to estrogen. This is likely the reason why the plant may be useful for treating female-related health problems. The phytoestrogen acts as a replacement for the estrogen lost during menopause, and as a result may help to alleviate the symptoms. Some people claim that black cohosh is just as effective as hormone replacement therapy but does not have any of the same negative side effects.
Doctors have admitted that black cohosh may be a useful alternative to conventional medicine for the treatment of menopause, premenstrual syndrome, and other female issues, but that more research is necessary before it can be prescribed. People who are considering black cohosh for its health benefits should be aware of the possible side effects associated with it. Most of the side effects, such as upset stomach and headache, are mild and do not typically occur unless too much has been consumed.
More serious reactions are likely if black cohosh tea or any other form of black cohosh has been taken by someone who is on certain prescription medication. Drugs for birth control and hormone replacement should not be mixed with black cohosh unless a doctor has approved it. Blood pressure medication may also cause an adverse reaction when taken along with black cohosh. It is also not a good idea to give it to children. To be on the safe side, a person interested in the benefits of black cohosh should probably ask a doctor about it first.
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