Black Cohosh

What other names is Black Cohosh known by?

Actaea macrotys, Actaea racemosa, Actée à Grappes, Actée à Grappes Noires, Actée Noire, Aristolochiaceae Noire, Baie d'actée, Black Cohosh, Baneberry, Black Aristolochiaceae, Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Bugwort, Cimicaire à Grappes, Cimicifuga, Cimicifuga Racemosa, Cimicifuge, Cohosh Negro, Cohosh Noir, Cytise, Herbe aux Punaises, Macrotys, Phytoestrogen, Phytoestrogène, Racine de Serpent, Racine de Squaw, Racine Noire de Serpents, Rattle Root, Rattle Top, Rattlesnake Root, Rattleweed, Rhizoma Cimicifugae, Sheng Ma, Snakeroot, Squaw Root.

What is Black Cohosh?

Black cohosh is an herb. The root is used to make medicine.

Is Black Cohosh effective?

There is some scientific evidence that black cohosh can help relieve some of the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes after about a month of treatment. But black cohosh does not seem to help relieve hot flashes in women who have had breast cancer.

There isn't enough information to know if black cohosh is effective for the other conditions people use it for, including: premenstrual syndrome (PMS), painful menstruation, upset stomach, muscle pain, fever, sore throat, cough, and as an insect repellent.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), osteoporosis, painful menstruation, labor induction, upset stomach, muscle pain, fever, sore throat, cough, repelling insects, acne, mole and wart removal, and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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