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Women have long used estrogen and progesterone drugs to ease such menopausal symptoms as hot flashes. While these drugs certainly help, they also increase the risk of heart ailments, some cancers, and Alzheimer’s disease.

A recent double-blind clinical trial by the National Institutes of Health asked 62 women to take black cohosh supplements (40 milligrams), estrogen (0.6 milligrams), or placebos daily for three months. The results? Black cohosh proved equivalent to estrogen in reducing menopause-related symptoms, such as hot flashes, heart palpitations, sleep difficulty, nervousness, fatigue, and vaginal dryness. Both herb and drug improved signs of bone metabolism. (National Institutes of Health)

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