Black Snakeroot, Bugwort, Rattleweed, what ever you call it “Black cohosh” (Cimicifuga racemose or Actaea racemosa) remains a perennial plant that is a part of the buttercup family.
Black cohosh was originally used in America in the 1800s by North American Indians as a remedy for a variety of disorders including, depression, menstrual disorders, kidney problems, malaria, rheumatism, and sore throats.
More recently, black cohosh has gained popularity as a treatment for symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, anxiety, and depression. It has also been found to effectively relieve headaches, vertigo, heart palpitations, and sleeplessness associated with menopause.
The supplements derived from the roots and the stems of the Black cohosh plant are called rhizomes. Although not proven, black cohosh is believed to have possible estrogen effects that make it a popular remedy for symptoms of menopause.
Black cohosh side effects, such as nausea and vomiting, dizziness, or headaches may be caused due to consumption of very large doses. If pregnant, consult your physician before use.