Black Cohosh – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Heart Disease
Black cohosh contains a myriad of chemical constituents, including isoflavones that can copy hormonal activity. This makes this herb useful for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and even the depression associated with menopause. Although black and blue cohosh are botanically unrelated, they are sometimes used together in formulas to support the female reproductive system.
The blue cohosh acts primarily as a uterine stimulant, while the black one affects estrogen levels. It appears to only provide relief without having adverse estrogenic side effects on mammary gland or uterine tissue. Black cohosh is mainly known as a woman’s botanical remedy; however, it has some additional uses. There have been cases that it was used as a treatment for coughs in the form of tea to be consumed during night time.
In addition to the estrogenic properties, black cohosh also has pain relieving and anti-inflammatory functions that makes it useful for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a common affliction among women, and it can be aggravated by the hormonal imbalance during menopause. New study also suggests that the estrogen levels may be implicated in a ton of conditions as well, like heart disease; though the relationship of such is still unclear.
More study may determine a wider range of benefits for black cohosh than previously formulated.