Black Cohosh Extract (root) Cimicifuga Racemosa

Also referenced as: Blacksnake root, Bugbane, Bugwort, Rattleroot, Richweed

Botanical Names: Cimicifuga racemosa, Actea racemosa, Actea macrotys

Black cohosh
is a perennial plant that grows in higher wooded elevations. It is found in both the northern and southern parts of the United States. It grows to a height of 2 to 4 feet with oblong leaves, white flowers, and produces a small oval fruit. The plant has a distinct, and particularly strong odor.

Black cohosh has been used since the 1500's by Europeans and early Americans, including Native Americans, for various gynecological conditions. It was used during periods of pregnancy and birth, as well as for various complaints of women who were not pregnant. It was also used as a remedy for snakebites, which is how it got the names Blacksnake root and Rattleroot. In the 1800's it was introduced as a remedy for rheumatism and nervous disorders. Since the onset of its use, black cohosh has been used most often for gynecological and obstetric complaints.

The active constituents of Black cohosh include; triterpene glycosides, actein and cimicifugoside; resins such as cimicifugin; and the cinnamic acid derivatives, ferulic acid and isoferulic acid. It was also postulated to contain the isoflavone formononetin, but this constituent has not been detected in the modern testing of extracts from the root/rhizome.

Black cohosh is often referred to as a phytoestrogen, or a plant that exerts the same activity as estrogen. In recent studies, this estrogenic effect has been refuted due to a lack of evidence. However it is believed that Black cohosh may have estrogen receptor modulating activity.

Black cohosh is also considered to be an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and uterine tonic.

Products Containing Black Cohosh Extract (root) Cimicifuga Racemosa
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$0.56 30 Progressive Health


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