Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh: Overview

Black Cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa, has been used historically as a female tonic.

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Source

This tall perennial shrub is native to North America and its roots have been used traditionally for their medicinal properties.

Function; Why it is Recommended

The effects of black cohosh root preparations appear to come from phytoestrogen components such as isoflavones and cimicifugoside, although recent research has cast some doubt on these proposed mechanisms.

Black Cohosh has been used for a range of female conditions such as premenstrual discomfort, dysmenorrhea and uterine spasms.  It is perhaps best known and used for symptoms associated with menopause.  The root extract is "Approved" under German Commission E for dysmenorrhea, PMS complaints and menopausal symptoms.

Counter-Indicators and Warnings

Canadian Government regulations require Black Cohosh products to be labeled "Caution: Do not consume during pregnancy" due to its affect on the hormones and uterus.

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Black Cohosh:

Black Cohosh can help with the following:

Hormones

Hyperparathyroidism

Black cohosh is reported to have estrogen-like effects and may enhance estrogen's role in the body, such as reducing the breakdown of bone; more research is needed to determine the value of this use.

Reproductive

Endometriosis

As a uterine tonic, it may help relieve symptoms.

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