So, does the herbal remedy work, or not? Most recently, there has been a study released refuting the effectiveness of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) for the use of controlling menopausal symptoms. This is on the heels of other studies which revealed that black cohosh is indeed helpful for women suffering from hot flashes. Well, I love that researchers have taken this to the next level–as a result they demonstrate that many products sold as black cohosh contain little to none of the plant. While this is disappointing from the standpoint of product quality, it is a good reminder to choose reputable brands. While the cost per bottle may be higher, the effectiveness and safety should be much greater. Read more here.