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Black Cohosh
Cimicifuga racemosa

Botanical Name Cimicifuga racemosa
Common Name Black Cohosh, black snakeroot, rattleweed
Parts Used Root and Rhizomes
Historical  Blood cleanser, Pain reliever, Expectorant, anti-inflammatory
How to use Tea, extract & capsules
Combinations soy, cramp bark, wild yam, red raspberry leaf, dang qui, borage

Bodily Influences:
Black cohosh is powerful herbal support for women, clinically shown to reduce the hot flashes, mood swings and irritability associated with menopause. 1st Chinese Herbs offers you black cohosh extract standardized to the same marker compounds found clinically effective in scientific research.
Black Cohosh contains natural estrogen, (phytoestrogens)  the female hormone and is a specific for female problems.  Black Cohosh helps in hot flashes, mood swings and dryness, that is associated with menopause. Black cohosh is used as an emmenagogue.  An herb that promotes menstrual or uterine bleeding. Chinese and Western Herbalists regard it a sedative emmenagogue, implying it promotes menses when uterine tension, cramps, and congestion hinder flow. Black cohosh relaxes the uterus, especially when tension is caused by anxiety.  Native Americans and European herbalists have used this plant for centuries for menopausal symptoms, and labor pains - inducing labor,  but also used for Rheumatism, Spasms, Insect Bites, Diarrhea, Coughs, and Insomnia.

We have available the standardized form which is  2.5% triterpene glycosides including 27-deoxyactein, one of the key constituents of the herb.

How Does it Work?
(LH) released by the body in a futile attempt to restore the declining estrogen levels that occur as women enter premenopause. Scientists have not yet determined exactly how black cohosh affects the hormonal system. Research suggests black cohosh may reduce LH secretion, thereby lessening hot flashes.

 Lydia E. Pinkham made this herb famous which she called a vegetable herbal compound, that contained black cohosh and was used by women early in the 20th century to ease "all those painful complaints and weaknesses so common to our best female population." The plant was also considered helpful by the so-called Eclectic physicians who practiced herbal medicine until the early 20th century. More recently, the German Commission E approved its use for painful menstruation and menopausal symptoms.

Caution / Safety
Black Cohosh should not be taken by pregnant women, unless under medical supervision.
  Mild gastric complaints are the most commonly reported side effects. However, high doses may cause vomiting, headaches and dizziness. Patients with aspirin sensitivity should not use black cohosh since it contains salicylates. There have been no documented interactions between the herb and drugs. Because of lack of data, black cohosh is not recommended for use by pregnant or breast-feeding women or for use for longer than six months.

References - Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James Balch M.D. and Phyllis Balch C.N.C.
The New Age Herbalist by Richard Mabey
The Little Herb Encyclopedia by Jack Ritchason N.D. 
Brucker, A., M.D. Med Welt 44:2331-3. Langfritze, W. Med Klin 57, 35:1497-9. Steinler, K., M.D. Arztl Prax 11, 26: 916-7.