Black cohosh root has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. It was first discovered and grown by Native American Indians, who introduced it to their European colonizers. Native to North American, particularly in the eastern states of the USA and Canada, it grows in open woods, reaching a height of 2.5 meters. It is easily recognized by its white flowers. The ‘black’ in its name refers to its rootstalk. Black cohosh became popular in the 1950s as a treatment for symptoms of various women’s health issues, such as premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea, and menopause. It is available in tablet form, but it has been traditionally taken as tea. In addition to its benefits through consumption, the plant itself can help ward away bugs and insects.
Black cohosh, or Cimicifuga racemosa, goes by many names: baneberry, black snake root, rattle root, bugwort, richweed, bugbane, squawroot, rattle top, bugwort, cimicifuge, aristologiaceae noire, and various other names in different languages.
The black cohosh root was traditionally used to treat gynecological issues, as it is now. Women who experience rather extreme symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, menstruation, menopause, and the like are the ones who will garner the most benefits from the consumption of black cohosh root. Others who experience pains in their joints will also benefit from the relief that black cohosh root can bring. Black cohosh root has been used to treat general fatigue, so it is generally beneficial to all.
A list of black cohosh root’s benefits:
- Helps control and alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, headaches, mood swings, heart palpitations, vaginal dryness, and sleep issues
- Eases painful menstruation cramps
- Prevents weak bones through inhibition of bone loss
- Treats cough, sore throat, and other respiratory problems
- Relieves headaches and migraines
The Native American Indians were really onto something when they started using black cohosh root to treat various gynecological issues. It has been medically proven that black cohosh root, with its estrogenic activity, is indeed effective in alleviating the many annoying symptoms of menopause. Black cohosh root is much safer to take than hormone replacement therapy, the usual treatment for menopause. Women who still don’t have to deal with menopause usually have to deal with painful menstrual cramps, and black cohosh root has proven to be helpful with these as well due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties.
For women who are plagued with various issues related to their feminine bodily functions, black cohosh root can be a godsend. Many of the issues experienced by women are easily dealt with through black cohosh root, a wonderfully natural alternative to the usual chemical treatments.