Actaea Racemosa, also known as the black cohosh, is a tall, perennial, flowering plant that belongs to the eastern part of North American, and is known to possess wonderful medicinal properties. This plant is also known as the fairy candle and the black snakeroot, and the roots and rhizomes of this plant are among its most valuable parts.
The flowers of this plant have a distinct, sweet smell that attracts different insects like beetles, gnats and flies. Black cohosh is often confused with blue and white cohosh, which actually belong to a different family than black cohosh. Most of the parts of this plant, including the roots and the rhizomes (underground stems) are available at herbal and natural specialty drug stores in a liquid, tablet or powdered form.
Black cohosh extracts are believed to possess amazing medicinal properties that may come in use for many health conditions.
Here are some popular uses of black cohosh
- Black cohosh has been in use as a popular herbal remedy for different women’s health conditions including menstrual problems, menopause symptoms and more.
- The root of this plant is thought to have effects similar to the female hormone estrogen, which may help regulate hormonal imbalance too.
- Black cohosh extracts are most popularly used for the treatment of painful menstruation, acne, PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), menopause symptoms and even weakened bones.
- Black cohosh is also sometimes used to start labor in pregnant women.
- Some studies have confirmed the use of black cohosh as a natural treatment for rheumatism, fever, sore throat, cough and anxiety.
- Black cohosh was also applied directly to the skin during the ancient times, since it was believed to improve the skin’s appearance and stimulate wart removal, acne reduction and other skin problems.
- In the olden days, black cohosh root was used to treat rattlesnake bites; however, scientific evidence is still needed to support this fact.
- Black cohosh extracts are, till date, best used as a natural treatment for several menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, migraine, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, heart palpitations and more.