Black Cohosh | Cimicifuga racemosa

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Black Cohosh

£3.50 50g           

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Dried roots of Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Dried roots of Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)

40 - 200mg per day by decoction.

Should not be used in pregnancy or by breast feeding mothers. Do not use if you are receiving hormonal therapy for cancer, such as tamoxifen.


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Primary Constituents:

  • Triterpene glycosides, xylosides, actein, cimicifugoside, 27-deoxyactein
  • Isoflavone formonetin (more concentrated in the aerial parts of the plant).
  • Isoferulic and salicylic acids

Research on Cimicifuga supports the following effects:

  • Reduces serum LH levels
  • Prevents osteoporosis
  • No uterotrophic effects
  • Oestrogenic effect on urinary bladder (possibly helpful in incontinence)
  • Dopaminergic activity
  • Decreases LH; improves FSH/LH ratio
  • Improved pregnancy rates in women with PCOS being treated with clomiphene

For a more detailed look at Black Cohosh see Black Cohosh: Insights into its Mechanism(s) of Action (Integrative Medicine Insights  2008; 3: 21–32).

Perimenopausal women:

  • Hot flushes
  • Climacteric myalgia
  • Osteoporosis

Traditional uses (apart from gynaecological ones) include:

  • Neuralgia
  • Rheumatic complaints
  • Analgesic
  • Diuretic
  • Pulmonary afflictions

Disclaimer: The information on this website is provided for educational use only, and is not intended as a replacement for the services of a qualified medical herbalist, doctor or licensed health practitioner. The information contained herein is not diagnostic, always consult a medical health professional before embarking on a treatment programme. Urban Fringe Dispensary disclaims any liability, loss, injury or damage incurred as a consequence of the use and application of the advice given herein.



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