Black Cohosh Root

Actaea racemosa

Energetics: Cooling, Drying, Relaxing

Actions: Antispasmodic (Relax spasms & cramps), Emmenagogue (Encourages menses),  Nervine (Supports the nervous system)

Found In: Moon-a-pause, Moon + Womb

Black Cohosh thrives in old-growth forests and places of great biodiversity; therefore, in our modern age, as we lose such old-growth forests, wild Black Cohosh plants are at risk1.  For our Xula products, we only use cultivated Black Cohosh–never wildcrafted. Black Cohosh was a revered remedy for the indigenous people of North America2.  The name “cohosh” is from the language of the Algonquian people2. This word means “rough”, referencing the texture of the rhizome2.

Commonly considered a “women’s herb”, Black Cohosh is one of the top specific remedies for painful menstruation as well as menopausal complaints3.  With its antispasmodic effect, Black Cohosh can ease cramping in the muscles, making it a helpful remedy for menstrual cramps as well as the muscle aches and arthritic complaints that accompany menopause.  As a nervine, Black Cohosh can help relax nervous tension and tend to psychological depression (specifically brooding feeling- as if a “black cloud” hovers above)4.  Since this herb is energetically cool, it can also help remedy hot flashes and sweating experienced during menopause.

  1. Lonner, J. April (2007). Medicinal Plant Fact Sheet: Cimicifuga racemosa / Black Cohosh. 
  2. Einbond, L. S. (2009). Black cohosh: chemopreventive and anticancer potential. In Complementary and Alternative Therapies and the Aging Population (pp. 193-227). Academic Press.
  3. Borrelli, F., & Ernst, E. (2008). Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) for menopausal symptoms: A systematic review of its efficacy. Pharmacological Research, 58(1), 8-14. doi:10.1016/j.phrs.2008.05.008
  4. Patel, P. (2015). Does Black Cohosh Improve Anxiety/Depression Symptoms in Women Who Are Postmenopausal?.

Our herbal index is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to be used to cure or treat any conditions. Please consult with your physician when seeking medical advice. All articles and reading materials mentioned are unaffiliated with Xula and are for reference only.

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