Also known as- Cimicifuga racemosa, Actaea Macrotys, Actaea Racemosa, Baneberry, Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Bugwort, Cimicifuga, Cimicifuga Racemosa, Phytoestrogen, Rattle Root, Rattle Snakeroot, Rattlesnake Root, Rattleweed, Squawroot. Do not confuse with the potentially toxic blue cohosh.
Black cohosh is a graceful woodland plant bearing spikes of white flowers, native to New England and eastern Canada.
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The roots and stems of black cohosh are extracted with alcohol.
Standardized preparations of black cohosh should contain 1 mg of 26-deoxyactein (triterpene saponins) per 20 mg. Standardized tinctures of black cohosh should be taken at doses of 2-4 ml per day. Tablets containing standardized extracts are usually available in 20 mg doses with a recommended dose of 20-40 mg per day. Black cohosh can also be taken in crude form. The recommended amount of dried roots or stems ranges from 300-2,000 mg per day. The herb is available in dried powder form as well. Black cohosh should not be taken for longer than six months.
Actein, cimicifugin, formononetin, salicylic acid, tannins, vitamin C.
Finely chopped, dried root in tablets, teas, or tinctures.
In menopausal women, black cohosh is not likely to cause any complications other than mild stomach upset. Black cohosh must be avoided during pregnancy because of its potential ability to stimulate uterine contractions. The safety of black cohosh in breastfeeding mothers and the degree of transmission of black cohosh in breast milk has not been established. .
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