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BLACK COHOSH                      
(Cimicifuga Racemosa)

General Description:   A member of the buttercup family, producing small white flowers.

Part Used: Rhizome

Uses:  

  stress incontinence

  excessive menstrual bleeding

  hot flashes

  depression

  irritability

  fatigue

  headaches

 vaginal dryness

  antipyretic

  painful menstruation

   muscle spasms

  arthritis

   general pain

   anti-inflammatory

Action:  Suppressing luteinizing hormone, anti-inflammatory and mimetics estrogen.

Dosage:

Tincture 10-60 drops/day

Powdered root or tea: 1-2 grams

 40-200 mg daily, use no more than 6 months

Precautions/Adverse Reactions:   Hypertension,  increased bleeding during menopause, headaches and rare stomach upset.

ContraindicationsDo not use in pregnancy during 1st two trimesters.  Do not give to children  May or may not be safe with use of estrogen, more research is needed. No adverse reactions have been reported. The German Commission E does not contraindicate its use during lactation.

Nursing Considerations:

      Black cohosh can potentate antihypertensive drugs thus increasing hypotension if both are used.

     If women are on estrogen replacement, black cohosh may interfere with replacement therapy.

      Maximum effect may take up to 4 weeks.

Black cohash is sometimes used by herbalist with blue cohash.

        A recent report sites after the use of black and blue cohash together, a baby was born with asphyxia, leading to brain damage.  The German Commission E recommends that black cohosh only be used for 6 months, until further testing. 

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Aloe ] Bilberry ] [ Black Cohash ] Chamomile ] Chaste Berry Tree ] Dong Quai ] Echinacea ] Evening Primrose Oil ] Feverfew ] Garlic ] Ginger ] Ginkgo ] Ginseng ] Guarana ] Hawthorn ] Horse Chestnut ] Kava-Kava ] Ma Huang ] Milk Thistle ] Nettle ] St. John's Wort ] Saw Palmetto ] Tea Tree Oil ] Valerian ] Yohimbe ]