Sunday, May 27, 2007

Stronger warnings urged for herbal hot-flash remedy

Health Canada is being urged to issue stronger safety warnings about the potentially dangerous side-effects of a popular herbal remedy that’s predominantly marketed to menopausal women after reports that it could be linked to liver damage.

Black cohosh is purported to ease hot flashes and other symptoms associated with menopause, but has also been linked to liver problems in Canada and around the world, including a recent death in the United States.

Health Canada announced last summer it would review the safety of black cohosh after reports of problems associated with it. At the same time, the department issued a public advisory warning about the possible link to liver damage. ...more

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