Also known as Black Cohosh, black snake. It is the root of a plant of the Ranunculáceas family. Native to the northeastern United States and Canada. Native Americans already used it as medicine.
According to the European Pharmacopoeia, black cohosh consists of the dried, whole or fragmented root of the rhizome of Actaea racemosa L. (synonym: Cimicifuga racemosa).
*Black Cohosh roots can be taken fresh or dried. As infusions, in capsules or as tinctures in liquid extracts.
Uses of black cohosh
Menopause and breast cancer
The main use it has is to treat various disorders of women, especially the symptoms of menopause.
When women reach the menopause period, we find that hormones no longer work the same way. The body stops segregating them because the fertile phase is over. Therefore, some of the following symptoms appear:
- Changes in the cycle.
- Hot flushes
- Humor changes
- Excess sweat
- Vaginal dryness
- Sleep disorders
So, an alternative is hormone replacement therapy.
Black Cohosh and hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Therefore, that hormonal treatment is usually a danger. As a result, you can increase the risk of cancer.
Then, *black Cohosh, appears as an alternative and natural therapy against the symptoms of menopause. It is able to increase estrogen and help balance hormones. With this we lower the risk of cancer.
Therefore, this plant (Black Cohosh) helps prevent breast cancer in women who are being treated with HRT. Then, it is possible to overcome this phase, without endangering their lives.
That is to say, this plant simulates the effect of estrogen in women.
As a result, Black Cohosh can be a safe and effective alternative to estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). Therefore, for women who cannot or do not want to take ERT for menopause, it is a good option.
- Relieves the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
- Calms migraine symptoms.
- Improves the states of sinusitis, asthma and / or mucus.
- Reduce the cholesterol.
- In cases of high blood pressure, prevents it from rising too much.
- For dizziness and cramping it is perfect.
Cares to consider
Before using black cohosh, talk to your doctor.
You may not be able to use black cohosh if you have certain medical conditions such as: history of breast cancer, uterine cancer or endometriosis. The same as if you have a history of liver damage or liver disease.
The consumption of high doses of this root can be counterproductive for health.
Black cohosh has an effect similar to estrogen, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use the herb. Be careful, it can cause a miscarriage.
Black Cohosh: how to use
- Follow the advice on the label or as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- Do not use larger quantities than recommended on the label.
- Do not mix different forms of *Black Cohosh during treatment (pills, liquids, etc.) to avoid the risk of overdose.