Cimicifuga racemosa is also known as Black-Snake root. It is a mossy perennial and native of North America. Its principal active compound is 27-deoxyactein, which has significant estrogenic activity, while at the same time reducing the serum levels of the luteinizing hormone (LH) further enhancing the estrogenic effect.
- Female hormonal agent. Both phytoestrogenic and LH reducing actions are largely responsible for the powerful capacity of the herb to relieve common menopausal problems, such as hot flashes, depression, vaginal dryness, etc. Comparison studies have shown black cohosh to be far superior to hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) in reducing menopausal complaints. Equally, the herb may considerably ease certain premenstrual tension (PMT) symptoms.
- Blood pressure reduction. Black cohosh appears to possess a significant blood pressure reduction effect, enhanced by a calming effect on the nervous system.
- Nerve calmer. The anti-anxiety and calming effect on the nervous system is independent of the herb’s hormonal activity. Hence, it is bound to further enhance reductions in anxiety and nervous tension in connection with PMT.
Caution: It should not be used by pregnant women. It may cause allergic reactions to people allergic to aspirin.