Also known as- Cimicifuga racemosa, Actaea Macrotys, Actaea Racemosa, Baneberry, Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Bugwort, Cimicifuga, Cimicifuga Racemosa, Phytoestrogen, Rattle Root, Rattle Snakeroot, Rattlesnake Root, Rattleweed, Squawroot. Do not confuse with the potentially toxic blue cohosh.
Black cohosh is a graceful woodland plant bearing spikes of white flowers, native to New England and eastern Canada.
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The roots and stems of black cohosh are extracted with alcohol.
Standardized preparations of black cohosh should contain 1 mg of 26-deoxyactein (triterpene saponins) per 20 mg. Standardized tinctures of black cohosh should be taken at doses of 2-4 ml per day. Tablets containing standardized extracts are usually available in 20 mg doses with a recommended dose of 20-40 mg per day. Black cohosh can also be taken in crude form. The recommended amount of dried roots or stems ranges from 300-2,000 mg per day. The herb is available in dried powder form as well. Black cohosh should not be taken for longer than six months.
Actein, cimicifugin, formononetin, salicylic acid, tannins, vitamin C.
Finely chopped, dried root in tablets, teas, or tinctures.
More than two centuries ago, Native Americans discovered that the root of the black cohosh plant (Actaea racemosa, formerly known as Cimicifuga racemosa) helped relieve menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. Today, people use black cohosh for these same reasons. In fact, the herb has been widely used for more than 40 years in Europe and is approved in Germany for premenstrual discomfort, painful menstruation, and menopausal symptoms.
Menopausal Symptoms - Quite a few clinical studies confirm that the use of black cohosh is effective for improving menopausal symptoms, although some have found no improvement. Early German studies found black cohosh improved physical and psychological menopausal symptoms, including anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.
Black Cohosh is used in many female combinations. It contains natural estrogen. Women who take synthetic estrogen have been able to switch to Black Cohosh immediately with no side effects of drug withdrawal symptoms. It has no cancer causing agent like synthetic estrogen.
Regulates menstrual flow and is used with ginger for menstrual cramps.
Used in uncomfortable symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and nervousness. It usually works better for this in combination with other female herbs.
Used for nervous disorders, it is put in many nerve combinations.
Has a tonic influence on the mucous and serous tissues of the body.
Helps break up mucus in the lungs and head, in many sinus combinations.
Note: Taking too much Black Cohosh may cause a headache. It will go away in a few hours but you will know that you should take less the next time or switch to a combination without Black Cohosh.
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