Interested in the Health Benefits of Blue Cohosh?
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Blue cohosh is a native plant that grows throughout North America. It was first used by Native American tribes such as the Menomini, Meskawi, Ojibwe and Potawatomi Indians to treat menstrual cramps, excessive menstruation, and induce contraction during labor. Health professionals listed the plant as an official medicine in the United States Pharmacopeia.
Today it is commonly used to treat gynecologic conditions like menopause, regulate abnormal menstrual periods, uterine bleeding and pelvic pain, and other medical conditions. This is why the plant is seen as a powerful herb that is useful to women, specifically for uterine weakness and assistance during childbirth. It’s now even being investigated for its role in weight loss!
Caulophyllum thalictroides plant is known by many other names such as blue cohosh, Act Grappes Bleu, Blue Ginseng, Caulophylle, Caulophylle Faux-Pigamon, squaw root, Papoose Root, Cohosh Azul and Cohosh Bleu.
Health Benefits of Blue Cohosh
The following are the claimed health benefits gained from this plant. Most of which assist women during gynaecologic conditions:
- Regulates the menstrual cycle
- Provides relief from menstrual cramps
- Suppress excessive menstruation
- Induce contractions during labor
- Used as an antispasmodic when a miscarriage threatens
- Revitalizes uterine tissues
- Treats endometriosis, chlamydia and cervical dysplasia
- Eases pains during labor
- Stops uterine bleeding after childbirth
The key component of the blue cohosh is the phytochemical calulopsponin, which is the one responsible for stimulating uterine contractions and allowing blood flow to the pelvic region. Likewaise it contains other beneficial saponins and alkaloids.
Women usually use the plant when having weak or irregular contractions. It is also often used with other herbs such as black cohosh to treat menstrual disorders. The blue and the black cohosh have different healing properties.
The plant may be an ideal medicine for women’s health problems. It may be quite helpful for many women suffering from gynecologic conditions and even aid in healthy weight loss. Just remember to consult with a health professional and find the right dosage for your condition or health goals.
Supplements of blue cohosh root may be found in the form of tea, tincture, raw fruit, root and leaves, and dried extract powder and oil.
Before taking blue cohosh, it is highly recommended to consult a doctor or health care provider first. Note that this herb may worsen certain conditions such as intestinal problems, blood disorders, diarrhea, heart conditions and high blood pressure. Pregnant women are also advised to have consultations first, because it is not known if the plant has negative effects to an unborn baby. Old wive’s tales include the story that blue cohosh causes abortion.
However, according to health professionals, it may cause the uterus to contract. That means it is not recommended for mothers who are about to give birth as it may likely induce labor. Note that it has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration in terms of safety, effectiveness and purity. That simply means all potential risks and advantages of the plant are not yet known. It’s recommended that you read this article on Safety and efficacy of blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) during pregnancy and lactation.
I’ll be updating this article with more information about dosages for inducing labor, its effectiveness as a weight loss supplement and blue cohosh vs black cohosh soon so please check back soon.