Black Cohosh Herb -Benefits, Uses And Side Effects
Scientific name:Cimicifuga racemosa
Actions: Alterative, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-venomous, arterial, astringent, cardiac stimulant, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative, stomachic tonic
Black cohosh is a shrub-like plant native to the eastern deciduous forests of North America, ranging from southern Ontario to Georgia, north to Wisconsin and west to Arkansas. The dried root and rhizome are used medicinally. When harvested from the wild, the root is black in color. Cohosh, an Algonquin Indian word meaning "rough," refers to the plants gnarly root structure.
Since it is marketed not as a drug but as a food, companies that sell Black Cohosh extracts are allowed to advertise its known health benefits. Although science has not indisputably confirmed or denied these claims, preliminary research provides extremely encouraging evidence of its efficacy and safety.
Black cohosh is available in capsules, tablets, liquid tincture that can be mixed in water, and dried root that can be simmered in water.
Black cohosh should not be confused with blue cohosh, an herb that is reported to have similar effects, but has not been thoroughly tested for its safety and effectiveness and may actually behave like nicotine.
Uses and benefits of Black Cohosh
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