Benefits of Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is a native of the U.S. growing in shady and rocky woods from Canada to Florida.

It is also called black snakeroot, squaw root, and bugbane. The name black snakeroot was probably derived from its supposed power of curing the bite of the rattlesnake. The name of squaw- root was given to it because it was thought by some to have a particular affinity for the uterus. The name of bugbane was given to it because its name came from cimex, meaning a bug and fugo, meaning to drive away. It is said the leaves drive away bugs.

The ROOT is the part used. The color is externally dark brown, almost black, internally whitish; the odor is disagreeable but is almost entirely absent when dry; the taste is bitter and somewhat astringent, leaving a slight sense of acrimony. The root yields its virtues to boiling water only partially but wholely to alcohol.

Black cohosh is useful employed as a remedy in dropsy, hysteria, and various affections of the lungs, particularly those resembling consumption, hysterical, and puerperal convulsions and asthma.

Its influence on the nerves is very gradual, but at the same time it is a powerful remedy, soothing and relieving local pains, and is of use in general nervous excitement. In insomnia and headache, where the pain is felt at the back of the head and the base of the brain, the infusion in small doses will bring relief.

Black cohosh soothes the serous membrane, gives a fullness to the pulse, and is therefore of much importance in acute and chronic rheumatism.

While black cohosh is said to be a specific in the treatment of chorea of children and rheumatism, it is without doubt a most valuable remedy in pelvic disturbances. In uterine troubles, its influence is quite marked, and it relieves rheumatism of that organ. It soothes the uterus, and in retention of and painful menstruation and in parturition it is very efficient. When the menstrual flow is retarded by cold or exposure, the warm infusion is most dependable. An addition of blue cohosh, in equal parts, is helpful.

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The following nerve tonic is useful for epilepsy and chorea: All Fl. Ex., black cohosh 4 oz., skullcap, and valerian of each 2 oz., simple syrup 4 oz. Dose 1 T. 4 times daily. All meats and heavy indigestible foods should be strictly avoided.

A syrup is made by adding enough sugar to a decoction of the fresh or dried roots to keep it. The syrup may be very well used as a base for alterative compounds, tonics, and antispasmodics, and gives favorable results. In eruptive diseases as in scrofula and smallpox, the syrup may be taken freely for a day or 2 when it will be found to be of great value. It will tend to purify the blood current so that the eruption will not be so virulent and the surface inflammation not so intense.

The syrup acts well on the secements throughout the liver, kidneys, and lymphatics. It is a good remedy in syphilis.

It is also given in coughs and in whooping coughs. Small doses are useful in children’s diarrhea.

In violent outburst of consumption, black cohosh will give relief by allaying the cough, reducing rapidity of the pulse, and inducing perspiration.

In apoplexy, try the following: Fl. X. black cohosh and Fl. X. wood betony 1 oz. each, tincture of cayenne 2 Dr. Take 1 t. every 10 min. until improvement is indicated and then every hour or 2. Meanwhile place the feet in hot water with mustard and cayenne. After removing the feet from the bath, place a hot water bottle wrapped in a flannel wrung out of vinegar to  the feet. An injection of lobelia, skullcap and cayenne about 1/4 t. ea. in 3/4 pint warm water injected about the warmth of fresh milk will help. The object is to remove the pressure from the brain. This will equalize the circulation. If the injection does not evacuate the bowels, repeat until the patient perspires freely.

The decoction is usually preferred, 1 oz. of the bruised root may be boiled for a short time in 1 pint water. Dose 1 or 2 fl. oz. several times daily.

The fluid X may be used either in hot or cold preparation. This cannot, however, be used in large quantities, but the syrup can be taken as often as required.

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