Information on Blue Cohosh

Latin NameCaulophyllum thalictroides
Other NamesSquaw root
Part UsedRhizome, Root
Herb FormsTinctures, capsules, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsReproductive system
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoA stout perennial with blue-green leaves and bright blue berries of the eastern hardwood forests of the U.S.
DescriptionBlue cohosh is considered to be an effective uterine tonic. It has long been used to help facilitate childbirth, though its use is not recommended in the early stages of pregnancy. It is also indicated in suppressed or painful menstruation and for the pains of arthritis and rheumatism.
Blue cohosh is also a specific for ovarian pain.

Blue Cohosh has a taste of ACRID, BITTER and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture20-30 drops 3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Blue Cohosh

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Ovarian painantispasmodictincture, capsule
Dysmenorrheaantispasmodictincture, capsules, tea


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