UNITED STATES. Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalactroides) Root, Cut and Sifted, Wildcrafted
Blue Cohosh, also called Squaw Root or Papoose Root, is a member of the Barberry family that grows in the hardwood forests of Eastern North America. It was used by Native Americans and Eclectic physicians to reduce labor pains; painful, absent, or irregular menstruation; and as an anti-inflammatory herb for arthritic joints.
This herb has been used to help prepare the mother for childbirth and labor. Be sure to consult with a qualified health care practitioner and follow the advice when using this herb. For generations this herb has been used as a woman’s aid, but recently has fallen under scrutiny and its safety questioned. In adverse outcomes, the herb was being administered in capsule form, where the traditional use is with tincture or tea. In a capsule form the dose is much higher, and more concentrated than low dose teas or or tinctures. Use common sense when taking any herbal supplement.
As with any herb, consult your doctor before using Blue Cohosh.
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Published online 2012, Sep 5.
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