Can Black Cohosh Cause Psoriasis or Eczema?
Answered by: Christine Dennis
Question from: Catherine
Posted on: July 24, 2008

I have taken 150 mg of black cohosh daily since September 2003. I was recently diagnosed with psoriasis/eczema on my feet and hands. Have you ever come across a connection between the two where black cohosh may have caused this skin disorder?

My question for you is, why are you taking this herb for such a long period of time? Black cohosh is not traditionally meant to be taken for long periods. If you are feeling that after 5 years you are still needing the medicinal effects that the black cohosh is providing, perhaps it is time that you visit a herbalist for a full consultation and have a proper health assessment done for faster and sustaining relief.

To answer your question, no, there have not been any links with black cohosh and eczema or psoriasis specifically. However, there have been a few reports of skin rashes with this herb for certain constitutional or body types. If the diagnosis is correct, it is unlikely that the black cohosh is responsible for your eczema or psoriasis rather it is a symptom of something else going on in your body that needs addressing.

My suggestion, stop the black cohosh and make an appointment with a registered herbalist to help you get to the root of your problem.

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