Health Benefits of Black Cohosh
Black cohosh is a native of North America. The North American Indians have been using its roots and rhizomes as medicine for a long time now. It grows in woodland habitats. Black cohosh is an herb. It is a perennial plant. It can grow up to 25-60cm in height. The flowers of this plant have a peculiar sweet smell that attracts beetles, flies and gnats. The fruit of this plant is a dry follicle which contains numerous seeds. Its botanical name is Actea racemes. It became increasingly popular in the mid 1950s for the treatment of women’s health issue in Europe. It is also known as ‘Bugbane’, bugwort, squawroot and black snakeroot because it was used as an insect repellent. Let’s see what else this herb can help us with.
Primary Use of this herb
It has been traditionally used for inflammatory conditions’ treatment. In mixture with other components, Black cohosh can be used in making Remifemin as an aid to alleviate the frequency of hot flashes during menopause. It is also used in inducing labour pains.
Chemical And Nutrient Content in Black cohosh
The herb contains
- Isoferulic acid
- N-methyl serotonin
- Cimipronidine methyl ester and Cyclo cimipronidine
Health Benefits of Black cohosh
Studies have concluded that Black cohosh can help reduce pre menstrual syndrome uneasiness and menopausal symptoms. This is because the chemicals in Black cohosh roots function like oestrogen produced in female bodies.
It has been studied that Black cohosh in mixture with certain other herbs can help reduce the pain in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis by assuaging the inflammation caused in this joint problems.
Slowing the process of osteoporosis
The phytoestrogens (plant based oestrogen) present in Black cohosh inhibit the loss of bone as seen in osteoporosis.
Other disorders’ treatment
Black cohosh is known to treat certain kidney problems. Its sedative effects are also known o help curb headaches and migraines. The roots of this herb contain a chemical that acts similar to ‘serotonin’, a chemical in the brain which is a neurotransmitter.
How to Use
- Extracts of the roots of this herb are widely used than any other part of this herb.
Black cohosh should not be taken by women during their pregnancy, suffering from endometriosis, have had been suffered from uterine and breast cancers. Black cohosh extracts may adversely react with birth pills, sedatives and blood pressure medicines.
Black cohosh is found out to have adverse effects on liver in high doses. It may cause seizures and blood clots.