For some women the menopause experience is problem-free, but eight in ten have various symptoms, some severe.
Hot flushes, sweating, mood swings, poor sleeping patterns – for women who experience these and other unpleasant, even debilitating symptoms of the onset of menopause, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been considered effective.
However many doctors now accept that HRT is not a safe option for dealing with menopausal problems, and that there is a natural herbal product, Black Cohosh (botanical name Cimicfuga racemosa), which women can turn to for relief. A product developed in Germany, Remifemin, contains an extract of Black Cohosh that has been stabilised to ensure its health benefits are safely and readily available. For over 40 years it has been successfully used worldwide by millions of women to treat menopause symptoms.
Testing, testing . . .
Many efficacy studies on Black Cohosh as a means of relieving menopausal symptoms have been undertaken during this time. Most of them were carried out during the 1980s and 1990s on the German product Remifemin.
More recently, a study was undertaken in Germany. The results, published in May 2005, showed that Black Cohosh was effective for the relief of menopausal symptoms, particularly for women in the early years of menopause. The results were also consistent with safety data from all studies, which showed the root extract to be harmless.
A proven option
Not all Black Cohosh products are equally effective. The amount of the plant used is not important but the quality of the extraction process and the extract itself is vital.
Remifemin, a standardised active extract of Black Cohosh, with guaranteed consistent potency, has been clinically proven to help manage menopause symptoms. Importantly, it is free of hormones and therefore very suitable for women with breast cancer concerns.