Blue and Black Cohosh

Blue Cohosh and Pregnancy

Black Cohosh and Pregnancy

Blue and black cohoshes are medicinal herbs that have been prized for centuries as gynecological herbs.

Native Americans referred to blue cohosh as papoose root, believing that the herb could induce labor and perhaps they were right.

Researchers discovered that a chemical found in blue cohosh, known as caulosaponin can provoke strong uterine contractions.

However, caulosaponin has also shown to produce heart damage in laboratory animals by narrowing the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Therefore, it could be possible that large doses (overdose) in humans may cause heart damage.

On the other hand, oxytocin (Pitocin), the standard drug used to induce labor may also cause heart damage, and it harbors other very serious side effects, including death of the mother and infant.

Blue cohosh is powerful and should not be used without close strict medical supervision.

In fact, we here at Nutritional-Supplement-Educational-Centre do not recommend any herbs, including blue and black cohosh be used without speaking to a qualified health professional.

Moreover, people who are pregnant or nursing, or people who take prescription medications or have a health condition, should always speak to their physician before taking any dietary supplements.

Blue and black cohosh is not related nor do they belong to the same botanical families. However, Native Americans referred to these two as cohosh, which means "rough" in Algonquin, a reference to their gnarled roots. In addition, they both were used as medicinal gynecological herbs.

Traditional Use


Blue and Black Cohosh

Traditional Use of Blue Cohosh

Blue cohosh was traditionally used by the Native Americans to induce labor, menstruation, abortion, and to treat a sore throat. They also used blue cohosh to treat the hiccups, colic in infants, epilepsy, and arthritis.

The forerunners of today's naturopaths, known as the Eclectics, traditionally used blue cohosh to alleviate menstrual cramps, breast pain, bladder and kidney infections, insomnia, bronchitis, and nausea.

Traditional Use of Black Cohosh

Black cohosh traditionally was used by the Native Americans to treat fatigue, sore throat, arthritis, and rattlesnake bites. In fact, black cohosh is often referred to as snakeroot.

Nonetheless, black cohosh was primarily used by Native Americans for its medicinal properties to treat gynecological conditions and for childbirth recovery.

The forerunners of today's naturopaths, known as the Eclectics traditionally used black cohosh to alleviate fever, rashes, insomnia, malaria, yellow fever, and for gynecological conditions.

In addition, black cohosh was also used traditionally to induce labor.

Modern Day Use


Blue and Black Cohosh

**Modern Day Use of Blue Cohosh**

**Blue Cohosh and Pregnancy**

** Blue Cohosh Side Effects- Safety Precautions**

Modern herbalists and midwives often recommend Blue Cohosh to induce labor and to promote menstruation. In addition, blue cohosh is used by some herbalists for asthma, anxiety, coughs, and arthritis.

If you are pregnant or trying to conceive this herb should be avoided.

Although traditionally this herb may have been used for natural abortion, we find no real evidence that this herb is actually used for this reason. Moreover, we certainly would not recommend it.

Blue cohosh should not be used if you suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, glaucoma, or have a family history of stroke.

In addition, we do not recommend anyone with a medical condition of any kind to take blue cohosh without speaking to a health care provider. Large amounts of blue cohosh can cause nausea, headaches, high blood pressure, and possibly heart damage.

Although it's been noted that both blue and black cohosh where traditionally used to induce labor it seems that blue cohosh has not been well studied and could be toxic in high doses.

In addition, blue cohosh should be used only at term to induce labor, and ONLY under strict medical supervision. In animal studies, blue cohosh was found to cause severe birth defects when taken early in pregnancy.

**Modern Day Use of Black Cohosh**

**Black Cohosh and Pregnancy**

** Black Cohosh Side Effects- Safety Precautions**

Black cohosh is commonly used today to relieve the symptoms associated with menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, and mild depression. It is also used for menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In addition, black cohosh is still used today by nurse mid-wives as a labor inducer.

For information on black cohosh side effects, precautions, and tips on how to purchase a quality supplement click here.

Experts advise against taking this herb (black cohosh) during pregnancy or while nursing.

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We hope this webpage discussing Blue and Black Cohosh was useful to you!

To Your Health!

The Editors

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