Black cohosh is an important member of buttercup family of plants. It is a persistent plant that is abundantly found in Canada and eastern parts of United States. Black cohosh is known by various other names like bugwort, rattle-weed, and black snakeroot, etc. The plant was earlier used by Native Americans for treatment of reproductive disorders like infertility and miscarriage in women. It was also used for curing other ailments like muscle pull, indigestion, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual cramps, bronchitis and fatigue. Today, both the rhizome and the root of the plant are being used for preparing medicines for various diseases. The various benefits of black cohosh are:
Useful on treating menopausal symptoms.
Black cohosh is extremely effective in treating menopausal symptoms like vaginal dryness, anxiety, depression, hot flashes, etc. it also aids in relieving other side effect related to menopause like vertigo, headaches, sleeplessness, palpitations, etc. Regular use of black cohosh in the form of tea helps to relieve bloating and alleviating cramps, in women especially during their menstrual cycle.
Helps in treating uterine cramps.
Black cohosh is believed to be helpful in treating uterine cramps and the pain that is usually accompanied by soreness, tight sensation due to contractions and muscle pain because of nervous tension.
Regularizes the menstrual flow.
This herb is used to promote and regularize menstruation, especially when uterine tension, cramps, and congestion hamper the flow.
Black cohosh is used for treating infertility; prevent miscarriage and alleviation of labor pain.
Supports child birth in the final week of pregnancy.
The uterus is a muscular bag that is the strongest and largest part of the body, in the final week of pregnancy. Therefore it needs sufficient exercise in order to perform its job properly. Black cohosh can help to produce perfect contractions that are required at the time of child birth. It aids in toning the muscles of uterus in the final weeks of pregnancy. It has the ability to create gentle contractions in the muscular uterus and reduces the effort required during labor.
Anti-inflammatory in nature.
The salicylic acid content of black cohosh is responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful for relieving and treating the inflammation caused by neuralgia, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Antibacterial in nature.
Due to its antibacterial nature it is capable of clearing the air passage of the body. Thus, it is helpful in treating bronchial infections.
Useful in treating headaches.
They are also useful in relieving like stress, overexertion, infections, neuralgia, eye-strain and nasal congestion.
Intake of black cohosh supplements should be done after consulting the doctor. It reacts with other drugs and produces side effects. It also reduces the efficiency of other drugs as well as the herb. Women should also consult the doctor before consuming black cohosh supplements.