American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Publishes Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa syn. Cimicifuga racemosa ) Monograph

The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP, has released its quality control and therapeutic monograph on the popular botanical dietary supplement Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa syn. Cimicifuga racemosa).

The monograph includes a comprehensive review of the clinical and preclinical studies on the use of black cohosh for the reduction of menopausal symptoms. Many of these studies were translated from original German research never before available in English. Of specific interest to many is the monograph's complete coverage of the controversy concerning black cohosh's potential estrogenic activity, its appropriateness or inappropriateness in those with a history of breast cancer, its use in pregnancy, and its interaction with conventional medications such as tamoxifen. The monograph also provides a complete review of the historical use of black cohosh by early medical botanists such as the Eclectics who left a plethora of clinical knowledge and experience regarding its use, along with a review of its use among modern herbalists and midwives.

According to executive director of AHP, Roy Upton, "each monograph represents the most thorough and critical review of all aspects of the botanical. They provide complete and reliable information regarding the true therapeutic potential and safety of the herb so that people and health professional can make educated decisions about its use". Each monograph is available for $19.95(plus s&h) through the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia o PO Box 5159 o Santa Cruz, CA o 95063 o US.

Roy Upton, Herbalist
Executive Director,
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Diana Swisher
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
PO Box 5159
Santa Cruz, CA. 95063
Telephone: 831-461-6318
Fax: 831-475-6219
Email: [email protected]

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