Black cohosh is not only one of the best herbs for fibroids but it is also beneficial for various types of other gynecological issues. Black cohosh is also known as snakeroot, cimicifuga and squawroot. The properties of this herb that are used for healing are the roots and rhizomes (underground stems).
Healing benefits of black cohosh
Before we discuss why this is one of the best herbs for fibroids, we shall look at what other conditions black cohosh is used for. The main compounds found in this herb that are beneficial for healing include triterpenes, acetein and formonetin which have estrogenic properties (are phytoestrotrogens.) Phyto (plant) estrogens mimic the action of the estrogen produced in the body but are less potent than the estrogen produced by the body making phytoestrogens beneficial for the natural treatment of various female health issues and other health issues such as;
- PMS (premenstrual syndrome) can be treated with black cohosh.
- Menstrual cramps can be relieved with this herb.
- Menopausal issues such as hot flashes can be made less severe with black cohosh. Since menopausal women have less estrogen produced by their body, using black cohosh because of its phystoestrogens can help replace some of this estrogen. Estrogen whether from the body or a plant source can help relieve hot flashes.
- The above is also a reason why this herb is an effective natural alternative to hormone therapy that many menopausal women use when their ovaries gradually stop producing estrogen.
- The risk of breast cancer can also be reduced by black cohosh. Breast cancer risk is increased by the presence of estrogen. Since phytoestrogens are chemically weaker than the estrogen produced by the body, they can help reduce the risk of breast cancer posed by the chemically stronger estrogen produced by the body by bonding to estrogen receptors in the body which enables excess amounts of the estrogen produced by the body to be eliminated from the body which reduces the risk of breast cancer.
- This herb can also help reduce high blood pressure but do talk to your doctor first before using this to manage blood pressure levels.
Black cohosh for fibroids
As you can tell, it is the estrogenic properties of this herb that make it one of the best herbs for fibroid natural treatment.
Black cohosh is generally considered a tonic herb which makes it one of the safest to use on a long term basis as it strengthens and tones.
While the causes of fibroids are somewhat mysterious, it is believed that an estrogen dominant state can promote the growth of various tumors including fibroid tumors as well as the worsening of symptoms of uterine fibroids, so this herb can help to promote hormone balance which can help reduce the risk of developing fibroids or the symptoms.
By binding to the estrogen receptors, the much weaker phytoestrogens in this herb help to eliminate the much stronger estrogen hormones that are produced by the body which results in much weaker levels of estrogen in the body which can help promote hormone balance.
Using black cohosh for fibroids
This herb can be used in capsule form or tincture, decoction or by making a tea or infusion. Black cohosh has a sharp, bitter taste and an unpleasant aroma but you can add lemon or honey to help improve the taste.
- You can make a bitter tea by adding two teaspoons of the dried roots in about a pint of water. Take about 1 tablespoon every few hours but this should be no more than a cup in total per day.
- For a tincture (extract) take about 220 to 30 drops mixed in water twice a day.
- For commercial preparations, simply follow the instructions on the packaging.
While this is one of the best herbs for fibroids, there are some factors you need to be aware of such as;
- Make sure the preparation states that it is black cohosh and not blue cohosh which should not be used by most women.
- While black cohosh can be used in combination with other herbs, make sure those other herbs you use do not increase the risk of liver damage.
- Talk to your doctor first before using this herb if you are on other medication as this herb could interfere with the action of other medications.
- Pregnant or nursing mothers should avoid using this herb as well as women who have been told by their doctor not to take birth control pills.
- This may cause an allergic reaction and if it does, stop using it or reduce the dose.
- Use low doses if over the age of 65.
- If you are on hormone therapy, talk to your doctor first before using black cohosh.