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Natural Relief for Menopause - Black Cohosh Extract Powder


The rhizome of black cohosh extract is considered by many herbalists to be a natural astringent, antispasmodic, antitissive, aphrodisiac, expectorant, sedative, diuretic, and tonic. Black cohosh extract was the main ingredient in Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, a popular patent remedy which was sold in the early 20th century for menstrual problems. Black cohosh extract was also viewed as a remedy for chorea and rattlesnake bites , and has been used for different infantile disorders such as diarrhea and whooping cough.

Black cohosh was officially listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1920. Patent remedies containing black cohosh extract are currently available in Europe, Australia, and South Africa for the treatment of PMS, symptoms of menopause, postmenopausal symptoms, hot flashes, cough, fluid retention, irritability, and pain and inflammation.

Current detailed accounts of the use of black cohosh extract for symptoms of menopause and hot flashes date back to the medical practices of the Eclectics. Black cohosh came into widespread use in the mid 1850′s in the United States. It was a very popular treatment and was given a place in the American Eclectic Dispensatory published in 1854. It was used for rheumatiod muscular pains, neuralgic pain, muscular pain, menstrual pain, hot flashes, symptoms of menopause, headache, and inflammation.

A preparation of fresh rhizomes was considered helpful before, during, and after labor, and was commonly given in small doses in the final four weeks of pregnancy as a partus preparator. Black cohosh extract was believed to reduce irritability in the uterus and false labor. The Eclectics wrote of it’s effectiveness in women with a history of complications during labor, and in cases where the uterine wall was lax. A report written in 1885 involving 160 childbirths stated that black cohosh extract was mildly sedating, reducing discomfort in the first stage of labor, increased rhythmicity of contractions in the second stage of labor, but specifically relaxed the cervical tissue, reducing lacerations.