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Black Cohosh & Reducing Joint Pain and Inflammation

Middle-aged women are no strangers to joint pain and inflammation. Fortunately, there is a natural remedy available that may provide some relief—black cohosh. Black cohosh is an herb native to North America with a long history of traditional use for treating joint pain. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top five research findings on how black cohosh can help reduce joint pain and inflammation. 

  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties 
    According to a study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, extracts from black cohosh have been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties when tested on human cells. The authors of the study concluded that “our results suggest that Cimicifuga racemosa [black cohosh] could be used as an anti-inflammatory agent in treating various inflammatory diseases.”
  • Relieves Osteoarthritis Symptoms 
    Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis characterized by joint pain and stiffness caused by the breaking down of cartilage between joints. A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that black cohosh may help relieve symptoms associated with osteoarthritis.
  • Reduces Muscle Soreness After Exercise 
    A study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine investigated the effects of black cohosh on muscle soreness after exercise. The researchers found that participants who took high doses of black cohosh experienced significantly less muscle soreness than those who took a placebo.
  • Analgesic Effects   
    A study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine examined the effects of black cohosh extract on pain relief. The researchers found that treatment with black cohosh extract resulted in significant analgesic effects compared to control groups, suggesting its potential as an analgesic agent for treating chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and neuropathic pain.  
  • Treats Autoimmune Disorders 
    A study published in the journal Phytomedicine investigated the effects of black cohosh extract on mice with autoimmune disorders. The researchers found that treatment with black cohosh extract resulted in significantly reduced levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (a type of protein involved in inflammation), suggesting its potential as a natural remedy for treating autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis. 

Overall, research suggests that black cohosh may have beneficial effects on reducing joint pain and inflammation caused by various conditions including osteoarthritis, muscle soreness after exercise, chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia or neuropathy, and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis. While more research is needed to confirm these findings, it appears likely that supplementing with black cohosh may provide some degree of relief from joint pain and inflammation associated with these conditions. 

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3637951/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26975982/
  3.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27104419/
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nih.gov/28784542/https://pubmed.ncbi.nih.gov/26335820/
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