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Black Cohosh is a plant that is native to North America, has traditionally been used to remedy reproductive-related ailments for a long time. Among other things, Black Cohosh has been used by granny midwives to induce labor, and to ease the symptoms of women who are going through the menopause. Concerns have often been raised about the side effects of this plant, though. Some have said that Black Cohosh could cause liver damage not something you'd want to risk, is it? But a new study shows no link between the use of Black Cohosh and a damaged liver.

The worries over liver damage and inflammation after the use of this plant resulted in warning labels in some countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia. The the "evidence" that Black Cohosh actually caused the reported liver problems was, at best, circumstantial. Now, a new study published in the journal Menopause examined the claims. The study analyzed five previously conducted clinical trials into the side effects of Black Cohosh. The data that was examined included over 1,100 women. Some of the women took products containing Black Cohosh to ease menopausal symptoms like mood swings and hot flashes, while others used a hormonal medication called tibolone. A third group was given placebos. No evidence was found that Black Cohosh caused liver damage.

In fact, the study even showed that some women who had excessive levels of a liver enzyme called AST before starting the treatment had normal levels after commencing. One of the researchers said: "the conclusion that Black Cohosh does not cause liver damage is consistent with the results of our investigation and many other clinical trials." Still, there were concerns that using the plant extract, or medications containing it, did not do much to improve menopausal women's symptoms. At least, though, you don't have to worry about your liver if you are willing to give Black Cohosh a try! Those interested in herbal medicine might like to check out herbs to increase fertility.

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