Supplementary risks In animal tests, an herbal extract called black cohash
that some women use to relieve symptoms of menopause increased the likelihood that breast cancer cells would spread (164: 62).
The safety and efficacy of two such herbals, black cohash
and red clover, are currently being tested in trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
Table 1 Herbal Products Herb Potential Effects and Claims Aleo latex Stimulant laxative Atragalus root Increases the immune-stimulating effects of Interleukin-2 and acyclovir Black cohash
Used to treat premenstrual discomfort and dysmenorrhea, Decreases hot flashes, Blackcurrant leaf Diuretic action DHEA Converted in the body to testosterone and estrogen.
The formulation comprises black cohash
extract and a surfactant.
Other similar supplements add ingredients like soy, black cohash
, or don quai to their product despite the existence of inconclusive scientific studies surrounding the use of such ingredients.