Black cohosh, also known as cimicifuga racemosa, is a perennial fruit growing plant that is native to north America. Known to grow up nine feet tall and the common use of Native american medicines, Black cohosh has been used for hundreds of years.
The Black cohosh roots are thought to be a source of great amounts of active ingredients. For this very reason it is the root of this plant that is found inside of dietary supplements.
Alike most plants the Black cohosh contains a large amount of organic compounds containing biological activity. Triterpene glycosides, a complex biological molecule have been known to lower cytokine.
Squaw Root, Bugbane, Rattle Root, and Black Snake Root are all other names for Black cohosh
The Black Cohosh was used by the Native Americans for traditional medicines because they found it effective for treating sore throat, malaria, malaise, and diarrhea. However its only been recent studies that confirm the benefits from black cohosh.
Currently it is in use for treatment of menopause, As well as the prevention of breast cancer, it is though to be helpful due to its ability to inactivate the estrogen receptors. A second benefit for women includes Black Cohoshs effectiveness in reducing the events of hot flashes and several gynecological problems.
In terms of benefiting from black cohosh, there is no physiological requirement for it. It is shown that women who are pregnant or nursing should not use black cohosh. And anyone taking black cohosh should strictly where to its labeled instructions.
Although some claim there have been minor adverse reaction, it is extremely rare and those have not been confirmed through any scientific research.