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BLACK COHOSH
(Cimicifuga racemosa)

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BLACK COHOSH (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Black Cohosh

DESCRIPTION: Black cohosh has long been used as a tonic for the nervous system because it is a safe and effective sedative. And because black cohosh contains the natural hormone estrogen, it helps with female conditions. Black cohosh is a traditional remedy used by Native Americans to help women during menopause. Black cohosh is also known to have a stimulant effect on the uterine muscles and has been used at times to facilitate labor and delivery.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Black Cohosh is a known nutritional support of menopause and perimenopause. Black Cohosh helps soothe muscle spasm. asthma, bronchitis, epilespsy, high blood pressure, hormone balance, lungs, menopause, menstrual problems, St. Vitus dance, tuberculosis and whooping cough. Black Cohosh has the minerals silicon, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. It also contains the vitamins, Vitamin A, inositol and pantothenic acid.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Black Cohosh should be avoided during pregnancy because of the stimulanting effect on the uterus. It may also cause occasional gastrointestinal discomfort. Large doses of black cohosh may cause sensitivity to the sun, dizziness, headache, nausea, impaired vision, vomiting and impaired circulation.

PARTS USED: Rhizome

GENERAL USAGE: Black Cohosh may be used daily. Do not exceed the recommended dosage. Black Cohosh is used for hot flashes, contracting the uterus and increasing menstrual flow when it is slow or sluggish, loosening and expelling mucus from the bronchial tubes, lymphatic draining and has also been used as a poultice for several different types of inflammation.

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