Black Cohosh(Cimicifuga Racemosa) is part of the buttercup family and grows native in parts of North America, most abundantly in the eastern woodlands. It produces black roots and knotty rhizomes.
Black Cohosh is valued for its Hormone
and mood balancing properties. Its dried root contains a number of phytoEstrogen
like plant Hormone
s) of which formonentin is thought to be the most important.
It also has a direct action on the centers of the brain that help control dilation of Blood vessel
s, which is very useful for alleviating Menopause
problems such as Hot flushes
and Night sweat
It is also useful in helping Menstrual Cramps
Black Cohosh is one of the most widely used and studied natural alternatives to HRT and standardised extracts have been shown to produce better results in relieving Hot flushes
thinning and dryness, Depression
compared to standard HRT.
It also has a normalizing effect on female sex Hormone
s so it is also useful for improving low sex drive, which can sometimes occur at this time of life.
It is sometimes combined with St John's Wort and one trial found 78% of women found a reduction in Hot flushes
and other menopausal symptoms when these two herbs were used together. Improvements usually start to occur within two to four weeks.
Black Cohosh is also an excellent Nervous
for both women and men, and it brings desperately sought relief from the unexplained Muscle Pain