Black Cohosh Actaea racemosa
Country of Origin: United States
Black Cohosh is a flowering plant native to Eastern North America. Native Americans have used the plant medicinally for years to help treat a variety of ailments. This herb can help ease muscle cramps and temporary pain due to exercise. It has also been used to support the female reproductive system, and is useful to relieve cramps and discomfort associated with the menstrual cycle as well as symptoms of menopause.
Safety: Due to the estrogen-like effect of Black Cohosh, it should be avoided by women who are pregnant or lactating. Women who are already on some form of estrogen therapy should consult a physician before using Black Cohosh. Large doses may cause abdominal pain, nausea, headache, dizziness and miscarriage.