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Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2009 Aug;21(8):941-5. doi: 10.1097/MEG.0b013e3283155451.

Severe hepatitis associated with the use of black cohosh: a report of two cases and an advice for caution.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Clinique Saint Pierre, Ottignies, Belgium.

Abstract

In spite of the fact that severe side effects have been reported, black cohosh [Actaea racemosa (syn. Cimifuga racemosa)] is likely to be one of the most popular herbs used in the treatment of postmenopausal symptoms and menstrual dysfunction. We report the cases of two patients, one with submassive liver necrosis and the other with chronic hepatitis most likely related to the use of two different preparations containing black cohosh. This represents another advice for caution concerning this popular preparation of inconsistent therapeutic value.

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10.1097/MEG.0b013e3283155451
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