Black cohosh Osteopenia Osteoporosis

Black cohosh Osteopenia Osteoporosis. Black cohosh is a herb often used by women during menopause. 

Native  Americans found that this herb  could relieve many of the of unpleasant symptoms of menopause. In modern Germany the herb is often prescribed for the relief of  hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, and sleep disturbances during menopause. 

The University of Maryland Medical Center states that "Given the results of most clinical studies, many experts  conclude that black cohosh may be a safe and effective alternative for women who cannot or will not take  hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause."  In a  review in 2010  researchers found that black cohosh
provided a 26% reduction in hot flashes and night sweats (also known as vasomotor symptoms) for menopausal women.

However, experts do not agree on the effectiveness and safety of using black cohosh to relieve such symptoms of  menopause.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reports that many of the early  studies were poorly designed and did not evaluate the safety and effectiveness of black cohosh beyond 6 monthsof use. A 2009 study reported that black cohosh did not relieve hot flashes any more than placebo. Still, the ACOG recognizes "the value of black cohosh for menopausal symptom." 

As for its use in the prevention or reversal of bone loss the UMMC states:  "Laboratory studies have found that  plant based estrogens  (called phytoestrogens) in black cohosh may inhibit bone loss," 

Black cohosh Osteopenia Osteoporosis studies.

There have been numerous studies of the effect of black cohosh  on bone density.  If you wish to read all of them I suggest you click to  Pub Med site to find the studies about  Black cohosh Osteopenia Osteoorosis . 

Many studies will show up. Here are two of them:

1. In 2005 the Journal Bone Miner Res. 2005 Nov;20 published a study showing that "Isopropanolic extract of black cohosh stimulates  osteoprotegerin production by human osteoblasts."

2. Then in 2006 the journal Menopause published a research article from  the University of Gottingen, Germany  "Effects of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)  on bone turnover, vaginal mucosa, and various blood parameters in postmenopausal women: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, and conjugated estrogens-controlled study." 

This study found that "The analyses of bone turnover markers indicated beneficial effects for CR (Black cohash) and CE (conjugated estrogen)  on bone metabolism. CR (black cohashh) stimulated osteoblast activity, whereas CE inhibited osteoclast activity. Whereas CE showed  strong estrogenic effects on vaginal mucosa, CR showed weak estrogen-like activity. No significant effects were seen 
on coagulation markers and liver enzymes in the blood. CR Black cohash was well tolerated".  They concluded that Black cohosh is effective in bone remodeling. (italics mind) So we can conclude that this herb is worth while: Black Cohosh Osteopenia Osteoporosis

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