Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa, Syn.: Cimicifuga racemosa), a member of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae), is an erect perennial found in rich cove forests of Eastern North America from Georgia to Ontario.
Native Americans used black cohosh for a variety of ailments including rheumatism, malaria, sore throats, and complications associated with child birth.
Europeans have used this important medicinal plant to treat menopausal symptoms for over 40 years.
Recent clinical evidence supports the efficacy and safety of black cohosh for these symptoms.
Homeopathy Treatment Using Actaea rac (Actaea racemosa)
Backache – stiffness of upper back & neck, pain shoots down thighs or across hips
Depression – associated with confusion and despondency. After childbirth
Claustrophobia – with great fear
Fibromyalgia – soreness, tightness, stiffness and shooting pains, with headache
Headache – throbbing pain or shooting pain in the eyes, linked to PMS
Neuralgia – shooting pains
Pain – shooting, which are much worse with movement, cold and damp
Osteoarthritis – severe aching and stiffness causing exhaustion
PMS & heavy periods – cramps, headache & stiff neck, Depression
Post-exercise muscle pain – after very intense workouts
Rheumatic pain – in back and neck
Stiff neck – with pain travelling down the back
Tinnitus – sensitive to least noise
Recent decisions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on hormone replacement therapy have increased the demand for black cohosh.
Nearly 100 percent of black cohosh raw materials are wild harvested.
Though it has received an “apparently secure” ecological ranking on the global and national scales, conservation groups list the species as “at risk” in the United States and endangered in Illinois and Massachusetts.
Research is underway to determine sustainable harvest levels and to establish suitable cultivation methods.