Also known as Black Bugbane, Black Snake Root and Fairy Candle, Black Cohosh belongs to the buttercup family and is native to the woodland areas of eastern United States.
Black Cohosh has been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years to treat gynaecological conditions such as menstrual cramps, mood swings and menopausal symptoms including hot flushes and night sweats.
More recently, it has also been recommended as a viable alternative to HRT (hormone replacement therapy).
Other conditions which have been traditionally treated with Black Cohosh include neuralgia, arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis) and high blood pressure.
This versatile perennial herb has also been used by Native Americans to treat sore throats, malaria and kidney conditions, while early American settlers adapted the plant to treat a number of ailments, ranging from bronchitis to snakebite.
Fevers, anxiety, lumbago, dropsy and stomach cramps have also been treated traditionally with Black Cohosh.
For further information on the properties and use of Black Cohosh we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.