black cohosh flower


Black Cohosh (Actaea Racemosa, or Cimicifuga Racemosa)

Black cohosh, a member of the buttercup family, is a plant native to North America. It was used in Native American medicine and was a home remedy in 19th-century America. Black cohosh has a history of use for rheumatism (arthritis and muscle pain) but has been used more recently as a folk or traditional remedy for hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and other symptoms that can occur during menopause. Black cohosh has also been used for menstrual irregularities and premenstrual syndrome, and to induce labor.

The underground stems and roots of black cohosh are commonly used fresh or dried to make strong teas (infusions), capsules, solid extracts used in pills, or liquid extracts (tinctures).

Black Cohosh has been used by Native Americans for hundred of years. They have used it for the affects of menopause,  PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), osteoporosis, inducing labor and painful menstruation. Black Cohosh is considered a female herb since it has the effects of being a natural estrogen. It has been used for sore throats, anxiety and bug bites, but it hasn’t shown to be that effective. It is better used for female issues.

This can be taken as a tea or in a capsule. Since it is somewhat bitter it is often put with orange peels, ginger or licorice in a tea.

If you have a sensitivity to aspirin or are pregnant or nursing you should avoid using Black Cohosh without advice from your physician.


Category: Herbal Products

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