Black Cohosh herb was historically used by female Native Americans. Licorice Root and Dong Quai have enjoyed widespread popularity among oriental women for centuries, especially during middle age.
Serving Size: 2 Caps
Servings per container: 45
Suggested Use: As an herbal dietary supplement, take 2 Caps daily, preferably at separate times (1 in the morning, 1 in the evening).
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) (root) (Standardized to contain 2.5% tot 160 mg *
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) (root) 250 mg *
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) (root) 250 mg *
Free of: milk, wheat, corn, yeast, sugar, salt, soy Other Ingredients: White Rice Powder, Magnesium Stearate
Warnings: If you are taking a birth control pill, are pregnant, lactating or are considering becoming pregnant, seek the advice of your physician prior to using this product.
Note and Reference: Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa): Black cohosh root improves blood circulation and lowers blood pressure and body temperature by dilating blood vessels and increasing peripheral circulation. The constituents responsible for these actions are so resinous, the traditional virtues of this herb are best extracted by using hot water and preferably alcohol on the fresh root. A central nervous system depressant, black cohosh directly inhibits vasomotor centers that are involved with inner ear balance and hearing. One of the uses for black cohosh recognized by doctors is for relief of ringing in the ears. The Native Americans knew that it encouraged uterine contractions and used it to facilitate labor. It is also used to reduce the inflammation and muscular pain of rheumatism and inflammatory arthritis, especially when it is associated with menopause and to treat problems of the respiratory system. Chinese physicians use several related plants to treat headache, to ripen and bring out skin rashes such as measles, diarrhea, bleeding gums and some gynecological problems.
Black cohosh has estrogenic effects, meaning it acts like the female sex hormone estrogen. This may lend support to its traditional use for menstrual complaints. It is thought to reduce levels of pituitary luteinizing hormone, thereby decreasing the ovariesí production of progesterone. A German trial published in 1995, revealed that black cohosh in combination with St. Johnís wort was 78% effective at treating hot flashes and other menopausal problems. Black cohosh is used to optimize estrogen levels perhaps by competing with estrogen receptor sites when estrogen is overabundant but may promote estrogen production when estrogen is low. It is the prime womenís tonic for any uterine condition involving inflammation, pain, or low estrogen. It promotes fertility and softens the impact of menopause. Using black cohosh during menopause can reduce intensity and frequency of hot flashes, support and ease the bodyís changes, helps counteract menopausal prolapses, improves digestion, relieves menstrual pain and irregularity, relieves headaches, relieves menopausal arthritis and rheumatism.
Cimicifugin, the ranunculoside in black cohosh, exhibits antispasmodic and sedative properties in the fresh root. When the root is cut or bruised, an enzyme is released which reacts with cimicifugin to produce protoanemonine, which is unstable in water but, when dried, is readily oxidized to an anemonic acid which has no physiological activity. The antispasmodic and sedative properties of black cohosh are only present in the whole, fresh root. The dried, powdered black cohosh in common use today contains only the irritating principles. ( By The Herb Growing & Marketing Network.)