Black cohosh herb extract, benefits, health, effects, plant, supplements, side effects Black cohosh

Black cohosh herb, also known as black snakeroot, was originally used by the American Indians. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic actions. It also acts as a tonic to the uterus and lowers blood pressure. Black cohosh has an estrogen-like action.

This perennial plant, topped by a long plume of large white flowers, grows wild throughout the Ohio River valley and the eastern deciduous forests. For medicinal purposes, you can ignore the aboveground part of the plant—its long, smooth stems; long, compound leaves; and flowery white shoots—and head straight down to its gnarly black roots. The roots give the herb its name and its medicinal reputation: The Algonquian word cohosh means "rough." Because its flowers and roots emit a strong odor that repels insects, the plant is also known as bugbane. The Latin cimicifuga means "bug repellent."

Black cohosh benefits

Black cohosh is often used to treat menopausal problems such as hot flushes and decreases in bone mineral density. It can also be used to treat painful periods. The other main use for black cohosh is in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Black cohosh extract, benefits, health, effectsBlack cohosh side effects

Black cohosh should not be used during pregnancy or lactation, although it can be used in the later stages of pregnancy to prepare the uterus for birth.

 

 
 
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