Black Cohosh has been used to treat rheumatism and to relieve muscular and neurological pain.

Traditionally used to treat feminine disorders and it is claimed to relieve difficult menstruation and uterine cramps and is also used in late menstruation.

Black Cohosh has been used to treat hypertension.

Many believe that this plant may have a beneficial effect on hot flashes caused by menopause.

Native Americans used it to treat snake bites.

Black Cohosh is considered as an antipoison for all sorts of bites (bees, mosquitoes, spiders, snakes).In folk medicine, Black Hoshos has long been used in fomentation (cloth soaked in the extract and applied externally) for headaches, tense nerves, migraines,epilepsy, insomnia, meningitis and internally to increase the intensivity of uterine contractions during delivery.

Common names: Black Cohosh, Baneberry, Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Squaw Root, squaw-root.

Parts used: Roots.


Black Cohosh should not be used during early pregnancy.

Side Effects

Potential toxicity associated with excessive consumption. May cause headaches.


10 to 60 drops three time per day. Externally, apply profused on bites and stings. Sensitive people should use minimal dosage.

References: TALALAJ, S. & Dr A.S., CZECHOWICZ, Herbal remedies harmful and beneficial effects, Hill of Content, Melbourne, 1989.
The Lawrence Review of Natural Products, Facts and Comparisons, St-Louis MO, 1996.
HOWARD, Dr. A. B., Herbal Extracts, First Edition, The Blue Goose Press, Michigan, 1983.