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Black cohosh and hot flashes

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Black cohosh is not more effective than placebo in reducing the number of hot flashes in women, Barbara Pockaj, MD, Mayo Clinic, et al., find in an NCI-sponsored study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Orlando May 17. The double-blind, randomized, crossover trial followed 132 women for eight weeks. Participants took either 20 mg black cohosh or placebo for four weeks, then switched to the other treatment for an additional four weeks. Women recorded the number, severity and duration of hot flashes in a daily journal. Subjects taking black cohosh saw a 20% mean decrease in their hot flash score, compared to a 27% reduction in the placebo group...
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