Black cohosh, cimicifuga racemosa, is typically used for its estrogenic effects. It helps relieve menopausal symptoms. Black cohosh is antispasmodic and mildly analgesic. It is a good remedy for venomous bites and stings. Black cohosh can help lower blood pressure, reduce joint inflammation, and enhance circulation. It helps to improve dark, gloomy depression and relieves emotional congestion.
Warnings: Black cohosh stimulates uterine contractions. It is contraindicated in early pregnancy but can be used during the last weeks of pregnancy or during labor. In large doses, black cohosh can cause headaches, dizziness, irritation of the central nervous system, nausea, and vomiting. If headache or dizziness occurs, reduce the dose or discontinue use. When black cohosh is used in a formula, it is unlikely to cause any of these effects, because the dose is too low.
Can be taken as a tea, tincture, glycerite, or capsule.