Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) is used for women in treatment of menopause, menstrual cramps, irregular periods and premenstrual syndrome.
Black cohosh is a plant native to eastern North America. Black cohosh has been used by native Americans to treat gynecological and other ailments. The extracts of the plant is believe to have analgesic, sedative, and anti-inflammatory properties. Today, black cohosh is used as dietary supplement for women to help relieve the symptoms of menopause, premenstrual tension, and other gynecological problems.
Women who have reached menopause generally have lower levels of estrogen. Some researchers believe that how black cohosh works is because of that black cohosh exhibits estrogenic activity. Recent studies have identified a compound (fukinolic acid) in black cohosh. It was shown to have estrogenic activity in vitro. And other active compounds may include triterpene glycosides, resins, and caffeic and isoferulic acids. Thought black cohosh has been used by native Americans for treating women’s problems, but modern study results are mixed on whether black cohosh effectively relieves menopausal symptoms and other gynecological disorders.
How to use black cohosh – 2 Recipes
Traditionally, the raw roots of black cohosh, fresh or dried, is used to make a decoction. You can also use black cohosh to make a tincture.
Recipe 1 – Black cohosh decoction
– Dried black cohosh root powder 1 teaspoon
– Water 1 cup
– Boil and simmer for 10 minutes
– Drink half, twice a day
Recipe 2 – Black cohosh tincture
– Dried black cohosh root powder 100g
– Alcohol 35%-85% (Spirit, Vodka, Arak, Gin, or Rum) 1000ml
– Put the powder and alcohol in a container, tighten the cap
– Shake it every day. After 10 days, you can drink it
– Consume 20ml, twice a day
Today, black cohosh is sold in forms of capsules, pills, and liquid extracts as supplements. You may find it in a health supplement store. Follow the instructions on the labels when using it.
Precautions: Balck Cohosh is generally considered safe, but large doses should be avoided due to possible toxicity. The U.S. Pharmacopeia (the standards-setting organization for foods and drugs) advises to stop using black cohosh products if you have a liver disorder or develop symptoms of liver trouble, such as abdominal pain, dark urine, or jaundice. Please consult a healthcare practitioner before using it.
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