Information on Black Cohosh

Latin NameCimicifuga racemosaphoto
Other NamesBlack snakeroot
Part UsedRoot, Rhizome
Herb FormsTinctures, bulk herb, powder, capsules, tablets.
AffectsEndocrine system, Reproductive system, Urinary system
CautionsCan cause such symptoms as dizziness, nausea, and headache in sensitive individuals, or with high doses; so it is recommended to start with a low dose and work up to a full dose after several days. Best to avoid during nursing and pregnancy, except for t
Botanical InfoA stout, bushy perennial with tall spires of starry white flowers that are highly attractive to insects.
DescriptionBlack cohosh is commonly used for women's ailments, such as menopause disorders, PMS, dysmenorrhea, and to facilitate labor in the last 2 weeks of pregnancy (best to consult an herbalist before using). It is also a remedy for rheumatism, bronchitis, tinnitis, and hysteria and is a known muscle relaxant. In Chinese medicine it is used for organ prolapses, headaches, measles, and sore gums due to superficial heat.
Other dose forms: as a tea, 1 cup 2 x daily, usually in combination with other herbs.
Recently black cohosh has become popular as an OTC remedy for relieving hot flashes in natural remedies for menopause.
Black Cohosh has a taste of SWEET, ACRID, BITTER and a temperature of COOL. For detailed information about TASTES and TEMPERATURES, choose the Main menu option: More Info About...Tastes/Temperatures.


Decoction1 cup 2 x daily
Tincture10-60 drops 2-3 x daily
Powdered Extract1 tablet 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Black Cohosh

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Endometriosishormone balancertincture, tablet
Endometritisuterine anti-inflammatorytincture, tablet, capsule
Hormonal imbalancehormone balancertincture, tablet, capsule
Hot flasheshormonal regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
Lumbagoantispasmodictea, tincture, tablet, capsule
Hysteriahormonal balancertincture, tablet, capsule, tincture
Labor, to facilitateuterine tonictincture, last week or 10 days before birth, under advice of your herbalist
Leucorrheahormone balanertincture, tablet, capsule
Menopausehormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
Muscles, soreantispasmodictincture, tablet
Muscular painantispasmodictincture, tablet, capsule
Neuritisantispasmodictincture, tablet, capsule
Ovarian cysthormone regulatortablet, tincture
Ovarian painantispasmodictincture, tablet, capsule
Rheumatism, chronicanti-inflammatorytincture, tablet, capsule
Vaginal drynesshormone regulatortincture, tablet, capsule
Osteoporosisestrogen regulatortincture, tablets, capsules


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