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Black Cohosh and Mood Swings

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

Menopause is the end of a woman’s fertile years and will culminate in the release of her final eggs and one last menstrual period. But it also brings a wide range of different side effects including things like mood swings, insomnia, hot flashes, and more. Of the different symptoms experienced during menopause, mood swings are often the most frustrating because they can impact the lives of family, friends, and lovers as well as the woman going through them. They’re also sporadic, occur with varying intensity, and could trigger a loop where the mood swings cause depression and anxiety which in turn help cause more mood swings.

Luckily, there are natural options for stabilizing mood and avoiding these mood swings. Black cohosh is one of the most widely used herbs for menopause, and it has been studied at length and found to be very useful for managing menopausal symptoms including mood swings.

Studies have struggled for years to determine exactly how it is that black cohosh works, but all research agrees that it can provide relief* from mood swings and menopause in general. Most researchers believe that the plant’s chemical composition contains natural plant-based estrogens, and that these plant based estrogens can actually help mimic the estrogen and progesterone that are often reduced* during menopause. Most mood swings and other menopause symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalances triggered when the ovaries slow their production of those hormones, and as a result replacing them could help to minimize the impact of these issues.

No matter what the specific way that black cohosh works is, the important thing remains that it really does work. As a result of its use, studies have shown dramatic reductions in mood swings caused by chemical imbalances. Additionally, mood swings that are triggered by other menopause symptoms are reduced* as well. These things include insomnia, hot flashes, bloating, and anxiety. All of these issues can add up to cause stronger* mood swings, but since black cohosh can also reign in these symptoms of menopause, it goes even further in reducing* the way that mood swings influence one’s life during menopause.

It’s worth noting that like any herbal supplement, black cohosh will affect each woman differently. Some mild side effects exist if too large of a dosage is taken, and some women may notice relief* from their menopause symptoms much more quickly than others. But the fact remains that this herbal remedy could provide the kind of defense against mood swings and other menopause symptoms that you need.