Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)

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Black Cohosh

(Cimicifuga racemosa)

This herb is also known as black snakeroot.


This plant contains substances that act like the female hormone oestrogen. Consequently, it is prescribed for several menstrual and menopausal conditions.

It has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic actions.

It is a wonderful herbal tonic for the female uterus and is invaluable before and after childbirth.

How It May Benefit You…

  • menstrual discomfort
  • menopausal disorders
  • premenstrual stress
  • headache
  • diarrhoea
  • bleeding gums
  • spasmodic coughs
  • sedative
  • promotes urination
  • dry up discharges of fluid
  • aids in ridding the lungs of mucus
  • relieve coughs that accompany whooping cough and tuberculosis
  • high blood pressure.


Use this herb only under medical supervision. If your have heart disease or if you are pregnant, or if your doctor has advised you not to use the oral contraceptive – do not use this herb.

Prolonged use may actually irritate the uterus, cause dizziness, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headaches, joint pains, and lowered heart rate.

WARNING: Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.

If any of these symptoms develop, stop using black cohosh and call your doctor immediately.


Black cohosh is available as tinctures, syrup, capsules, and liquid.