The health benefits of Black Cohosh tea have been recognized in many parts of the world as being especially effective for women’s health. Black cohosh is known as anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.
Black Cohosh is also known by its official name of cimicifuga racemosa, as well as by its other designations like actaea macrotys, baneberry, black snakeroot, bugbane, bugwort, and squawroot.
Black Cohosh is a woodland plant that has spikes white flowers. The plant can be found in the New England region of the United States, as well as eastern Canada.
The native Americans have been known to use black cohosh to treat snakebites, as well as joint problems. But nowadays, black cohosh is associated with the treatments for women’s health.
Black cohosh became the prime ingredient in the Vegetable Compound formulated by Lydia Pinkam in the late 1800s. It was a very popular over-the-counter medicine for menstrual problems, infertility, and unpleasant symptoms of menopause. It is said that while black cohosh does not stimulate the production of the female hormone estrogen, it may actually compensate for the low or highly varied estrogen levels in women during menstruation or menopause.
It is recommended that the use of black cohosh be avoided by pregnant women, as well as breastfeeding mothers. Those with a history of breast cancer are likewise cautioned in the use of black cohosh due to some unresolved questions.
Black Cohosh contains the following constituents: actein, cimicifugin, formononetin, salicylic acid, tannins, vitamin C. To unlock these beneficial compounds, black cohosh tea is made using the roots of the plant. Black cohosh roots should be boiled for about 20 to 30 minutes in water.
The following are some beneficial effects attributed to black cohosh tea:
- May help ease the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort. Among these symptoms are hot flashes, mood swings and vaginal dryness.
- May be beneficial in fighting rheumatism.
- May help in the treatment of cough.
- May help in fighting high cholesterol levels, as well as hardening of the arteries.
- May be helpful in preventing osteoporosis.
- May help in relieving muscle aches.