Black Cohosh - Side Effects and Uses of Black Cohosh

By: Steve Mathew

Black Cohosh
Alternative Names : Black snakeroot, Macrotys, Bugbane, Bugwort, Rattleroot, Rattleweed ,Actaea racemosa, Cimicifuga racemosa
Plant Descritpion:
Black Cohosh produces a stout, blackish rhizome, cylindrical, hard and knotty. The plant is collected in the autumn after the fruit is formed and the leaves have died down, then cut into the pieces and dried. Black cohosh fits into several categories including woodland wildflower, garden perennial, and medicinal herb.
The herb black cohosh is native in north america. The roots and rhizomes of this herb are widely used in the treatment of menopausal symptoms and menstrual dysfunction.
Uses and Benefits:
Black cohosh is primarily referred as a "women's remedy" because it is used to relieve premenstrual discomfort, menstrual cramps.

It also gives vitamin A and pantothenic acid. It has been used to treat include pain relief before, during and after child birth, breast pain, ovarian pain, and uterine pain.
Black cohosh is used to lower the blood pressure, sedation, spasm associated with the whooping cough. It also reduces the risk of breast and prostate cancer altough there is no evidence to support this claim.
Side effects:
Black cohosh should never be used during pregnancy or lactation. Black cohosh contains tannin, which inhibits iron absorption. It also produces endometrial stimulation. Serious reaction from black cohosh are very uncommon. basic side effects include upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting.
It may also cause slow heart rate uterine contraction, headache, dizziness, tremors, joint pain, and light headedness.
Dosage:
The dosage are depend on the researches made by scientist.The dose should be taken in right amount for adults it must be taken in 2 to three times daily.
In tablet form it should be taken 20 to 40 grams daily. The dried rhizome daily in divided doses, although traditional doses have been as high as 1 gram three times daily.

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