BLACK COHOSH FOR HOT FLASHES & ASSOCIATED SYMPTOMS: EVIDENCE FROM A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/211502
Type:
Research Study
Title:
BLACK COHOSH FOR HOT FLASHES & ASSOCIATED SYMPTOMS: EVIDENCE FROM A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW
Abstract:
Purpose/Aims:  Review controlled clinical trials of black cohosh effects on hot flashes and at least one other symptom including sleep, cognitive function, mood, and pain symptoms women report during the menopausal transition and early post menopause. Rationale: Black cohosh has been effective for treatment of hot flashes in some clinical trials, but not in others, with results depending on the dose and type of preparation. To date there have been no systematic reviews of effects of these preparations on multiple symptoms. Methods:  A systematic review of randomized, controlled clinical trials published between 2004 and 2011 revealed 10 clinical trials of black cohosh in which women reported the frequency, severity, bother or interference associated with hot flashes and at least one other symptom from these groups:  sleep, mood, cognitive functioning, and pain. Results:  Of the10 trials reviewed, black cohosh was tested in 8 studies and mixtures or combine herbs and black cohosh were used in two trials. Controls included placebos of various types. Comparisons to estrogen were included in 4 trials and tibolone in one trial. Results indicated that 50% of the studies suggest that black cohosh is effective in reducing the number of hot flashes in women during the menopausal transition. Black cohosh was effective for other symptoms, including sleep, mood and pain. Only one study focused on the effect black cohosh on cognitive function, but there was not a significant effect of black cohosh on cognitive function.  In addition, studies showed that herbal mixtures or combination of black cohosh and St.John’s wart (Hypericum perforatum) extracts were effective in reducing hot flushes and other symptoms, particularly sleep and mood. Implications: Black cohosh may offer promise in management of multiple symptoms during the menopausal transition and early post menopause. Further study with adequate sample size is needed to confirm the efficacy of black cohosh in reducing menopause symptoms.
Keywords:
Black Cohosh; Hot flashes; Menopause
Repository Posting Date:
20-Feb-2012
Date of Publication:
20-Feb-2012
Other Identifiers:
5323
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typeResearch Studyen_GB
dc.titleBLACK COHOSH FOR HOT FLASHES & ASSOCIATED SYMPTOMS: EVIDENCE FROM A SYSTEMATIC REVIEWen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/211502-
dc.description.abstractPurpose/Aims:  Review controlled clinical trials of black cohosh effects on hot flashes and at least one other symptom including sleep, cognitive function, mood, and pain symptoms women report during the menopausal transition and early post menopause. Rationale: Black cohosh has been effective for treatment of hot flashes in some clinical trials, but not in others, with results depending on the dose and type of preparation. To date there have been no systematic reviews of effects of these preparations on multiple symptoms. Methods:  A systematic review of randomized, controlled clinical trials published between 2004 and 2011 revealed 10 clinical trials of black cohosh in which women reported the frequency, severity, bother or interference associated with hot flashes and at least one other symptom from these groups:  sleep, mood, cognitive functioning, and pain. Results:  Of the10 trials reviewed, black cohosh was tested in 8 studies and mixtures or combine herbs and black cohosh were used in two trials. Controls included placebos of various types. Comparisons to estrogen were included in 4 trials and tibolone in one trial. Results indicated that 50% of the studies suggest that black cohosh is effective in reducing the number of hot flashes in women during the menopausal transition. Black cohosh was effective for other symptoms, including sleep, mood and pain. Only one study focused on the effect black cohosh on cognitive function, but there was not a significant effect of black cohosh on cognitive function.  In addition, studies showed that herbal mixtures or combination of black cohosh and St.John’s wart (Hypericum perforatum) extracts were effective in reducing hot flushes and other symptoms, particularly sleep and mood. Implications: Black cohosh may offer promise in management of multiple symptoms during the menopausal transition and early post menopause. Further study with adequate sample size is needed to confirm the efficacy of black cohosh in reducing menopause symptoms.en_GB
dc.subjectBlack Cohoshen_GB
dc.subjectHot flashesen_GB
dc.subjectMenopauseen_GB
dc.date.available2012-02-20T11:58:54Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-20T11:58:54Z-
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-20T11:58:54Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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