Latin Name: Cimicifuga Racemosa; Actaea Racemosa
Black Cohosh is typically used for its estrogenic effects. It does seem to help with menopausal symptoms and is antispasmodic and mildly analgestic. It can be a good remedy for venomous bites and stings. Black Cohosh may help to lower blood pressure, reduce joint inflammation and enhance circulation. It may help with depression.
Warning: Black Cohosh can stimulate uterine contractions, It should not be used in early pregnancy. In large doses Black Cohosh can cause headaches, dizziness, irritation of the centralnervous system, nausea and vomiting. Black Cohosh headaches can often be remedied with a strong cup of green tea.