Black cohosh information
Herbal practitioners most commonly use black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa) for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, PMS and arthritis.
Black Cohosh can be used for:
Neuralgia & nerve pains
One recent study has shown it may reduce the risk of breast cancer. See black cohosh research
Side effects and contraindications
It is advised that pregnant women should not take black cohosh. Some practitioners do however recommend its use for assisting childbirth as it stimulates uterine contractions during labour - it should not be used in conjunction with blue cohosh for this purpose
The product is not suitable for children
known allergies to black cohosh or other members of the Ranunculaceae
plant family, such as buttercup, should avoid products that contain black
should be used cautiously in patients with a history of blood clots, strokes or
seizures. In nature, black cohosh contains small amounts of salicylic
acid. It is not known how much is present in commercially available
preparations. As a result, patients with known allergies to aspirin or aspirin like
products, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen (eg
Nurofen), should avoid black cohosh.
Black cohosh contains triterpene, glycosidic and phenolic constituents.
What Herbal Practitioners say about Black Cohosh
Western herbal practitioners define black cohosh as an excellent antispasmodic useful for all nervous conditions such as neuralgia and nerve pains. However its major use is in the treatment of menopausal symptoms and ovarian insufficiency symptoms. some studies indicate it to be a phytoestrogen causing the body to act as if it has been administered estrogen but without stimulating the growth of estrogen sensitive tumours.
Adult Tincture Dosage:
Based on a tincture with a herb to alcohol ratio of 1:3 take 1ml to 1.5ml three times a day. Black cohosh is a powerful herb so be careful not to exceed around 30ml per week.
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L Tierra, 2003, Healing with the Herbs of Life, Crossing Press
D Hoffman, 2003, The holistic Herbal, Element
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