Sunday, June 12, 2011

Black Cohosh – Monograph

Common Name – Black Cohosh

Botanical Name - Cimicifuga racemosa

Parts Used – Root

Active Constituents - Triterpene glycosides (e.g., acetin and cimicifugoside) and isoflavones (e.g., formononetin). Other constituents include aromatic acids, tannins, resins, fatty acids, starches, and sugars.

So what is Black Cohosh good for?

Black Cohosh can be helpful for women suffering from Menopause, painful menstruation and uterine spasms.

Formononetin is the active phytochemical in the herb that binds to estrogen receptor sites, creating an estrogen-like activity in the body. As a woman approaches menopause, the signals between the ovaries and pituitary gland diminish, slowing down estrogen production and increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) secretions. Hot flashes are the result of these hormonal changes. Clinical studies from have demonstrated that an alcohol extract of black Cohosh decreases LH secretions in menopausal women.

The use of the herb for painful menstruation has not been proven.


Tincture – 30-40 drops three times a day

Powder Extract – 250mg three times a day

Standardized extract – as directed on label

Contraindications – Black Cohosh should not be taken by pregnant or lactating women as well as women going through any estrogen related therapies.

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