- What other names is White Cohosh known by?
- What is White Cohosh?
- How does White Cohosh work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for White Cohosh.
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.
- Stomach problems.
- Other conditions.
vomiting, bloody diarrhea, headache, heart and blood circulation problems, and delirium.
Avoid skin contact with white cohosh; it can cause swelling and skin blisters.
Special Precautions & Warnings:It is UNSAFE for anyone to use white cohosh, but people with the following conditions have extra reasons not to use it:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use white cohosh if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Stomach or intestinal (gastrointestinal, GI) problems: White cohosh can irritate the GI tract and could make GI disorders worse.
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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