White Cohosh

What other names is White Cohosh known by?

Actaea alba, Actaea pachypoda, Actaea rubra, Actée Blanche, Actée Pachypoda, Baneberry, Cohosh Blanco, Coralberry, Doll's Eye, Snakeberry, White Baneberry.

What is White Cohosh?

White cohosh is an herb. Despite the fact that all parts of the plant are poisonous, white cohosh is used to make medicine.

Don't confuse white cohosh with black cohosh, used for symptoms of menopause; or with blue cohosh, an herb used to stimulate the uterus and relieve muscle spasms. White cohosh is also known as baneberry, but it should not be confused with European baneberry.

Women use white cohosh to stimulate menstruation and treat other female disorders, as well as ease childbirth.

White cohosh is also used for colds and cough, urinary tract disorders, itching, and stomach disorders.

Some people try white cohosh to revive those near death.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Stimulating menstruation (periods).
  • Treating female disorders.
  • Colds.
  • Coughs.
  • Stomach problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of white cohosh for these uses.

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).

Therapeutic Research Faculty copyright

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors