Black Cohosh is a perennial herb which is also known as black snakeroot,
bugbane, macrotys, rattletop and rattleweed. Generally, fresh or dried
root of Black Cohosh is used for medicinal purposes but the foliage is used
as an insect repellent. Black Cohosh contains triterpene glycosides such
as cimicifugoside and acetein, resins, caffeic acid, fukinolic acid, and isoferulic
acid which makes it a great remedy for a variety of health issues. Due to
its estrogenic activity, Black Cohosh has also been very popular with women
facing menopausal and menstrual problems.
Black Cohosh has been consumed by Native Americans for centuries to
treat many health conditions. It is commonly used in the treatment of
ailments related to women such as menopause, PMS, hot flashes, mood
swings, vaginal dryness associated with menopause, menstrual abnormalities,
and to induce labour and lactation. It is also often used to treat other minor
to severe health issues such as sore throat, colds, hives, arthritis, constipation,
backache, depression, and hypertension. Although it has traditionally been
used as a folk remedy, many recent studies are now confirming the effectiveness
of Black Cohosh in the treatment of these health conditions.
Black Cohosh should only be used continuously for a short amount of time,
since long-term continuous use can lead to liver damage. It is also common
for Black Cohosh to interact with other herbs and medications. Therefore,
for both of these reasons, it is highly recommended that Black Cohosh only
be taken under the guidance of your doctor.
Black Cohosh is not recommended for people who have hormone sensitive
conditions, are going through chemotherapy or any hormonal treatment,
are pregnant or breastfeeding, or taking oral contraceptives. An overdose
of Black Cohosh may cause nausea, vomiting, indigestion, headache, low
blood pressure, and irregular perspiration.