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    Also indexed as:Caulophyllum thalictroides
    Blue Cohosh: Main Image© Steven Foster
    Botanical names:
    Caulophyllum thalictroides

    Parts Used & Where Grown

    Blue cohosh grows throughout North America. The roots of this flower are used medicinally. Blue cohosh is not related to black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa). However, both herbs are primarily used to treat women’s health problems.

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    This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

    Used for AmountWhy
    Amenorrhea
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Traditional practitioners consider blue cohosh to be a uterine tonic and an agent that stimulates menstrual blood flow, and it is used as a remedy for lack of menstruation.
    Dysmenorrhea
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Blue cohosh has been used traditionally for easing painful menstrual periods. Women of childbearing age using this herb should stop using it as soon as they become pregnant.

    Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

    Native Americans are believed to have used blue cohosh flowers to induce labor and menstruation.1 Blue cohosh is a traditional remedy for lack of menstruation. It is considered an emmenagogue (agent that stimulates menstrual flow) and a uterine tonic. No clinical trials have validated this traditional use. It has also been used traditionally to treat painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Early 20th century physicians in the United States who treated with natural remedies (known as Eclectic physicians) used blue cohosh for these same purposes and also to treat kidney infections, arthritis, and other ailments.

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