What is Black Cohosh?
Black cohosh is also known as black snakeroot, bugbane, bugwort, and squawroot. Black Cohosh is a tall flowering plant that is part of the buttercup family and is found in rich, shady woods in eastern areas of North America. The rhizomes and roots of black cohosh is used for medicinal purposes.
What are the benefits of Black Cohosh?
For Menopausal and Premenstrual Discomfort:
More than two centuries ago, Native Americans discovered that the root of the black cohosh plant helped relieve menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause. These symptoms include hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. Today people use black cohosh for the same reasons. Interestingly black cohosh has been widely used in Europe for more than 40 years and has been approved in Germany for premenstrual discomfort, painful menstruation, and menopausal symptoms including hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety and vaginal dryness.
Preliminary studies suggest that black cohosh may help reduce inflammation associated osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis however more research is needed to support the use of black cohosh alone for arthritis.
Laboratory studies have found that plant-based oestrogens (called phytoestrogens) in black cohosh may inhibit bone loss, such as seen with osteoporosis however more research is needed.
Black Cohosh is available in the following forms and can be taken with water: tablets, capsules, tincture or tea.