Black cohosh has been used traditionally to treat a variety of female reproductive disorders, inflammation, diarrhoea and rheumatism. It has also been used to promote menstruation. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia states it is indicated in ovarian dysfunction and ovarian insufficiency. MENSTRUAL MIGRAINE
A RCT of 49 women with menstrual migraines tested placebo against a herbal combination consisting of 60 mg soy isoflavones, 100 mg dong quai, and 50 mg black cohosh, with each component standardised to its primary alkaloid (Burke et al 2002). Over the course of the study, the average frequency of menstrually associated migraine episodes was significantly reduced in the active treatment group.
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