– Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh

In Europe, black cohosh root is widely used in prescription medications for menopausal discomforts. Black cohosh is popular as an alternative to hormonal therapy in the treatment of symptoms such as hot flashes, mood disturbances, palpitations, and vaginal dryness. It is also currently used by midwives to stimulate labor.

WARNING LEVEL:  High Risk Associated with Use

LAST MENSTRUAL CYCLE: If Your Last Menstrual Cycle Started About 4 Weeks Ago

POSSIBLY TOXIC: Can Effect the Heart, Kidney and/or Liver Toxin

UTERINE AND HORMONAL EFFECTS: Increases Blood Flow to the Uterus, Increases Estrogen

ALSO KNOWN AS: cimicifuga racemosa, rattlesnake root, fairies candles, squaw root, bugbane, bugwort

IS USED FOR: Used later in pregnancy to induce labor

HOW IT’S PREPARED: **Black cohosh, often used in decoction or tincture form, is often combined in equal parts with blue cohosh in labor inducing, emmenagogue, and abortifacient preparations. Black cohosh is sometimes combined with mistletoe or ginger. Black cohosh is most effective if used during the first four weeks of pregnancy.**

  • Decoction (root): 3 Tsp. (12 g) dried root to 1 cup (250 ml) water. Simmer 5 – 15 minutes, three to four times a day.
  • Fresh Root Tincture: 1:3, 60% alcohol, 1⁄2 – 1 Tsp. (2.5 – 5 ml), two to three times a day.
  • Powdered (root): 1-4 #0 capsules, three to four times a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS AND SIGNS OF TOXICITY: nausea, diarrhea, abdominal or joint pain, tremors, headache, visual dimness, depressed heart rate, tremors, convulsions