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Black Cohosh RootScientific Name: Cimicifuga racemosa, Actaea racemosa L
Black Cohosh Root InformationBlack cohosh is a tall, flowering plant found in rich, shady woods in eastern areas of North America. A member of the buttercup family, black cohosh is also known as black snakeroot, bugbane, bugwort, and squawroot. Its rhizomes and roots (both underground parts of the plant) are used for medicinal purposes. More than two centuries ago, Native Americans discovered that the root of the black cohosh plant (Cimicifuga racemosa) helped relieve menstrual cramps, and symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. Today, the roots of black cohosh are still often used for these purposes. In fact, the herb has been widely used for more than 40 years in Europe and is approved in Germany for premenstrual discomfort, painful menstruation, and menopausal symptoms.
Black Cohosh Root Benefits
- Safe and effective alternative to estrogen replacement therapy (ERT)
- Relieves menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps with back pain and hot flashes
- Helps reduce inflammation associated osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Plant based estrogens in black cohosh, in theory, could help prevent osteoporosis.
- Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
Black Cohosh Root Nutrient ContentBlack cohosh contains glycosides (sugar compounds), isoferulic acids (substances with anti-inflammatory effects), and, possibly, phytoestrogens (plant based estrogens), among several other active substances.
Black Cohosh Root NotesThere are no known scientific reports of interactions between black cohosh and conventional medications.
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