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Estrogen-free help against menopausal symptoms.
(31.05.2010) Black Cohosh (Latin Cimicifuga racemosa) came to us from America. North American Indians have traditionally used the medicinal plant to combat female disorders. In Germany, modern cimicifuga extracts are used as effective remedies for menopausal symptoms. However, recent research shows that certain Cimicifuga extracts could help not only women, but also men.
The most annoying side effects of menopause are neurovegetative and psychological complaints. Many women complain of reduced performance, hot flashes, sweating, sleep disorders and mood swings during this difficult period of life. The previously recommended hormone treatment with estrogens helps against this, but is associated with an increased risk of breast and uterine cancer. Studies have shown that extracts from Cimicifuga do not involve such risks.
Cimicifuga is not a plant estrogen. The effect of ethanolic Cimicifuga extracts is based on their influence on the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. This was the result of studies by Dr. med. Dana Seidlová-Wuttke from the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Göttingen. So while estrogens can lead to undesirable growth of the endometrium or breast tissue, Cimicifuga extracts are free of such consequences. The Göttingen scientist was also able to show in animal experiments and in clinical studies that Cimicifuga extracts have a positive influence on bones and therefore counteract the dreaded bone loss (osteoporosis).
New insights into the possible effect of Cimicifuga extracts on men are surprising: According to Dr. Seidlová-Wuttke that certain Cimicifuga preparations could also be effective in preventing and treating age-related changes in the prostate. The scientist suspects that the substance works in a similar way to an aromatase or 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. To confirm this, however, further investigations are necessary. (KFN 9/2010)