The night was sultry. I lay naked under an open window with only blue moonlight covering my body. I’d give anything, do anything for a cool breeze. An impossible notion but I managed to sleep. My slumber was short-lived. Only an hour had passed and I couldn’t find a cool spot in my bed. Exhausted, I pulled a few garments on for decency sake, found a 24-hour Walmart and there it was: Black Cohosh Extract.
I ran to it-my hair hanging in sweaty strands, I ran. I held the little bottle of 100 capsules tightly in my fist. It was the Spring Valley brand. I didn’t care how much it cost for it was like ice to ice tea, snow to a snowman, like crack cocaine to an addict. I giggled nervously when I paid for it. I slammed a cold bottle of water on the counter and startled the cashier.
In my car, I read the recommended dosage, slapped one capsule to the back of my throat and washed it down with water. Just like my friend Tina (52) promised, the affect was instantaneous. I relaxed and over the next few days, my secret affair with Black Cohosh became more and more frequent.
I read that Black Cohosh root contains chemicals that work similarly to serotonin. That’s good news for me since my family regularly complains that I can go from pleasant to insulting in a hot flash! It’s also known to reduce inflammation. The severity and frequency of my hot flashes decreased within a few days of taking it and I became generally easy going.
After about a week of taking the recommended dosage of one capsule three times daily, I felt it necessary to explain to my family. We’re not pill-poppers and encourage our kids to read labels and talk openly about what they’re ingesting. My family was supportive, reminding me there was no need to suffer with hot flashes, mood swings and low energy if a natural supplement could provide some relief.
The Spring Valley brand is pretty cost effective retailing for around $5 for 100 capsules. I’ve seen others online and in stores for almost $20 per bottle and up to $36!
I spoke with my doctor who gave me a thumbs up on Black Cohosh Extract but reminded me that while it is widely and safely used, it does have some side effects. For example, it can work on the body like estrogen (although it is not a replacement for estrogen or a supplement for estrogen replacement therapy.) Dr. Sebastian warned me to only use it when I feel it’s necessary and to be aware of possible weight gain, headaches and stomach aches.
I like the fact that now I don’t need Black Cohosh Extract daily. I feel in control of me and it’s a good feeling.