(Cimicifuga racemosa; 250 mg/ml)
• used to help alleviate menopausal symptoms. • used to ease nervous tension and relax skeletal muscle. • Helps to alleviate premenstrual symptoms.
Noted for its strong antirheumatic, nervine, and hormone-balancing properties, black cohosh has had a long and distinguished history of use in traditional Western medicine. It is especially effective for treating women's post-menopausal complaints, including depression, hot flashes and arthritis.
Some herbal authors refer to this plant as the “herbal chiropractor” because of its notable pain-relieving properties, especially in the back. Although traditionally used for rheumatic conditions generally and especially during the menopause, Matthew Wood explains that black cohosh is specific for rheumatic pains affecting the muscles. North American native Cherokee and Iroquois tribes used this plant extensively for rheumatic conditions. Eclectic physicians of the 19th century. say the following: “Few of our remedies have acquired as great a reputation in the treatment of rheumatism and neuralgia. Indeed, few cases of rheumatism, or conditions depending upon a rheumatic basis, will present, which will not be influenced for the better by [black cohosh]. All cases characterized by that kind of pain known as ‘rheumatic' yield readily to it.
They add that black cohosh “plays a very important part in the therapeutics of gynaecology”. They extol the herb for treating painful menstrual periods: “In dysmenorrhoea it is surpassed by no other drug…” As well, they commend the root as a preparation for childbirth, given for several weeks before the due date.