This is about black cohosh, including its hormonal properties and use for breast enhancement. Black cohosh also has a reputation for lowering hot-flashes.
Black cohosh belongs to the genus of Actaea, formerly Cimicifuga. It belongs to the Ranunculaceae or Buttercupfamily.
Studies have shown black cohosh to reduce hot flashes.
Black cohosh lowers LH, but it has no immediate effects on FSH or estrogen levels. Cimicifuga raises progestogens during luteal phase by binding to ERα in the pituitary gland.
Herbs with similar properites with possibly the same mechanism for action to black cohosh include, hops (Humulus) and milk thistle (Silybum).
Evening primrose is used to allevate hot-flashes, but it has a different mechanism for action.
Overuse of Black cohosh can cause symptoms such as headaches. It is uncertain if use of black cohosh contributes to liver damage. Opt for hops instead.
Herbal concentrates can be tens of times more potent by weight than herbs in dry form. For this reason, concentrate extracts are not recommended for extended or excessive internal use, especially during fertility years. Another issue with herbal extracts, is that they may not have the full range of properties of the herb. If opting to use herb extracts, use no more than 1 drop at a time, diluted in a food-grade carrier oil (like unrefined olive oil) or water.
If you have hirsutism, PCOS, hot-flashes, other signs of high androgens or estrogen deficiency, see estrogen-deficiency and treating hirsutism blog first. Also, check for the latest updates in the blog.
For more, see precautions.
To learn more about the role of Actaea in herbal breast enhancement, read the free ebook, super-bazongas.pdf.
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- A review of effective herbal medicines in controlling menopausal symptoms. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5783135/.
- Effects of extracts from Cimicifuga racemosa on gonadotropin release in menopausal women and ovariectomized rats.. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1798794.
- Herbal medicine for the management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and associated oligo/amenorrhoea and hyperandrogenism; a review of the laboratory evidence for effects with corroborative clinical findings. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4528347/.
- A comparative study on the effect of “black cohosh” and “evening primrose oil” on menopausal hot flashes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5868221/.
Etymology & Definitions:
- University of Vermont: Cimicifuga. http://pss.uvm.edu/pss123/percimic.html.
- NIH: Black Cohosh. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/blackcohosh/ataglance.htm.