Black Cohosh - Uses and Benefits
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Black cohosh (formerly called Cimicifuga racemosa), is a perennial plant that is native to North America and Canada. It comes from the buttercup family. Black cohosh is popular herbaceous plant, which can grow to 9 ft tall. This plant found on hills and in forests located at high levels. It flowers in June or early in July. Its flowers produce a stinky odor. Its fruits are dry. Black cohosh grows from a knotted black root, hence its call, it has a smooth stem and big multiple leaves with notched edges. The rhizomes are widely used as a remedy in the treatment of menopausal problems & menstrual dysfunction.
Native American peoples used the Black cohosh in the treatment of many conditions, especially gynecologic symptoms. It has also been worked for high cholesterol levels, rheumatism, cough & hardening of the arteries. Its scientific names are Actaea racemosa and Cimicifuga racemosa.It contains several components such as actaeine, cimicifugin, isoferulic acid, oleic acid, estrogenic substances, palmitic acid, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, racemosin, tannins, triterpenes & vitamin A.It is widely recognize as an alternative to hormonal therapy to ebb the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort such as mood disturbances, hot flashes, diaphoresis, palpitations & vaginal dryness.
Uses and Benefits
Black cohosh has been used for arthritis and muscle pain, But recently it has been used to cure vaginal dryness,hot flashes,depression, night sweats, and other symptoms that can occur during menopause. This plant also been called as a remedy for dysmenorrhoea (pain experienced during the menstrual period), dyspepsia & rheumatism.
It has also been used for menstrual irregularities and premenstrual syndrome & to induce labor.It helps to reduce blood pressure and is also helpful in maintaining cholesterol levels.It helps to clear mucous membranes and relieve coughs.
It is one of the main herb to treat PMS, menopause & secondary amenorrhoea.It may help against osteoporosis. Black Cohosh extracts have anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory property which helping to fight pain.
Black Cohosh may act an alternative to estrogen therapy in certain places for reducing hot flashes,potentially fighting osteoporosis & reducing vaginal dryness.Back Cohosh have various contents such as glycosides , isoferulic acids & phytoestrogens. Scientific research shown that Black Cohosh is a mild sedative and decongestant.
Scientific research shown that the use of black cohosh containing products may lead to Hepatitis and fulminant liver failure.And if there is any signs of liver damage such as yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, unusually dark urine ,pain under ribs on the right side of abdomen, tiredness,lack of appetite then consult to doctor promptly.
Black cohosh can cause headaches, stomach discomfort, gastric complaints, heaviness in the legs, and weight problems due to the effect of estrogens.
Excess doses may cause symptoms of poisoning, particularly nausea , dizziness, and can also provoke miscarriage, slow heart rate, headache, joint pain, uterine contractions .
Black cohosh has an estrogen-like action, and should not use the herb who are pregnant or lactating .
Black cohosh may reduce blood pressure & therefore add to the hypotensive action of other blood pressure reducing drugs.
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