Black Cohosh Root
Also known as
Cimicifuga racemosa, Actaea Macrotys, Actaea Racemosa, 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 flowering perennial, native to many parts of Canada and the United States. It thrives in old-growth coastal forests and regions of considerable biodiversity. The vast majority of the world's black cohosh is produced and cultivated in the United States and Canada. The plant grows between three and six feet, with a stem that is clustered with tiny white flowers. The medicinal root is best collected between late July and September.
It was a favorite herbal remedy for Native Americans, who used it for a variety of ailments. The name cohosh is from the Algonquian tribe, and means rough, referring to the feel of the rhizome. It was given the name "bugbane" because the flowers have such a strong odor, and have been used to effectively repel insects.
Actein, cimicifugin, formononetin, salicylic acid, tannins, vitamin C.
Finely chopped, dried root in tablets, teas, or tinctures.
Black cohosh is traditionally used to support women's health, and is approved by the German Commission E for premenstrual discomfort and pain associated with normal menstruation. Black cohosh is also used in supporting a healthy menopause.
Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore (pg74-77)
In menopausal women, black cohosh is not likely to cause any complications other than mild stomach upset. Black cohosh must be avoided during pregnancy because of its potential ability to stimulate uterine contractions. The safety of black cohosh in breastfeeding mothers and the degree of transmission of black cohosh in breast milk has not been established. There is controversy regarding the safety of black cohosh in women with a personal history or strong family history of breast cancer.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.