Black Cohosh


Parts used - Roots and Rhizomes


Common Uses

  • The German Commission E Monographs found Black Cohosh to be effective in helping relieve the symptoms of PMS, menstrual cramps and nervous conditions related to menopause. Some studies suggest that the beneficial effects of Black Cohosh are not immediate and can take up to four weeks to reach a maximum.
  • Herbalists also recommend it as a diuretic, an astringent, a cough suppressant and to relieve diarrhea
  • Helps to relieve panic attacks and other nervous conditions

Side Effects Occasional stomach upsets have been reported while taking Black Cohosh. No other contraindications are known at this time.


Safety Issues Black Cohosh should not be taken if you are pregnant or if you have any type of chronic disease.


The History of Black Cohosh Black Cohosh is the roots and rhizome of Cimicifuga racemosa, a forest plant native to North America. The plant has several common names including black snakeroot, bugbane, bugwort and rattleweed.


Black Cohosh was first used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans, who valued it greatly. They made a tea by boiling the root in water. This was taken as a remedy for a variety of complaints including women's problems, rheumatism and sore throat.


It's popularity spread as settlers arrived and it was often prescribed by physicians for all the conditions listed above.
Historically one of Black Cohosh's claims to fame is that it was a principal ingredient of the famous Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound.


In modern times studies have confirmed it's value for the treatment of several female complaints, including PMS, menstrual cramps and problems associated with menopause.

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