Black Cohosh

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Common Name Black Cohosh
Latin Name Cimicifuga racemosa
Family Ranunculaceae
Part Used Root (dried)
Gathering Time Gathered in the fall after the fruits have ripened
Constituents Resin, bitter glycosides, rannunculin (which turns to anemonin upon drying) salicylic acid, tannin
Actions Emmenagogue, anti-spasmodic, alterative, sedative, nervine
Common Uses Used for a wide range of uterine issues including cramps, delayed menses, irregular menses, menopausal symptoms. Also useful in mild depression.
Contraindications Not for use during lactation.
Possible Drug Interactions Unknown
Overdose Symptoms Headaches, sensitivity to bright lights, nausea

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