Black Cohosh
Black Cohosh
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Black Cohosh Root Powder - Cimicifuga Racemosa - Certified Organic - is a delightful perennial native to eastern North America and it grows readily in a variety of woodland areas. Preparations containing the root remain one of the most popular natural remedies for women's health in the world.

Botanical name: Cimicifuga racemosa (L.) Nutt. , Cimicifuga racemosa

Common name: Black Cohosh

Synonyms: Cimicifuga racemosa, baneberry, black snakeroot, bugbane, bugwort, macrotys, rattleroot, rattletop, rattleweed, rheumatism weed, squaw root.

Botanical: Black cohosh is an herbaceous perennial plant in the buttercup family, producing large compound leaves from underground rhizomes. It flowers in late spring and early summer on a tall stem; the flowers having a distinctly sweet smell. It can be found growing in shaded woodlands of the United States and Canada, particularly in the southeast, northern Oregon, Washington, and Ontario.

Insects avoid it, which accounts for some of the alternate common names above, as well as some of its early uses. The fruit develops in the from of a dry follicle containing several seeds, similar though significantly smaller than the seed pod of milk weed.

Production: Wild crafted in the US.

Constituents of Note: The “active” compound is believed to be 26-deoxyactein.
Triterpenes glycosides including xylosides (like acetin) and cimicifugoside. Also present are isoflavones and tannins.
Cimicifugin, also known as macrotin, is present at 15% to 20%. Resins also at 15% to 20% is found in the roots.[JM2]

Quality: The main sources of adulteration are the presence of dirt and/or stem. In 2006 the American Herbal Products Association issues a notice that several black cohosh supplements sold in the United States contained Chinese Cimicifuga, that do not have the same chemical compounds or clinical uses. This led the organization to officially list Chinese Cimicifuga as an adulterant of black cohosh.

Regulatory Status: Dietary Supplement

Did you know: Cohosh is a Native American word that means "knobby rough roots," which describes the appearance of the plant's roots.

Safety Guidelines: Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.

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