Black cohosh is a graceful woodland plant bearing spikes of white flowers, native to New England and eastern Canada. Native Americans occasionally used the herb to treat snakebite and joint problems, but primarily used the herb for womenÍs health.
Settlers adopted the herb for the same purposes, and in the late 1800Ís it became the key ingredient in Lydia PinkhamÍs Vegetable Compound, a wildly popular over the counter medicine for menstrual problems, infertility, and unpleasant symptoms of menopause. Lydia PinkhamÍs Vegetable Compound continued to be sold in the latter half of the twentieth century. Today, black cohosh remains one of the most popular remedies in the world for womenÍs natural health.
Actein, cimicifugin, formononetin, salicylic acid, tannins, vitamin C.
Finely chopped, dried root in tablets, teas, or tinctures.
Black cohosh is a popular remedy for hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness of menopause. The herb does not stimulate the production of estrogen, but it may compensate for low or highly variable levels of estrogen during menstruation or in the menopause.
In one well-designed study, 62 women going through menopause received black cohosh, estrogen, or a placebo for 90 days. Women who took black cohosh had the same reduction in hot flashes as women taking estrogen. Black cohosh did not stimulate growth of cells in the uterus, suggesting that, unlike estrogen, the herb does not increase the risk of uterine cancer. Black cohosh also increased the thickness of the vaginal wall. The study also suggested that black cohosh could help prevent osteoporosis.
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