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Black Cohosh

What is it?
The dried root and rhizome are the constituents utilized medicinally. When wild harvested, the root is black in color. Cohosh, an Algonquin Indian word meaning "rough" refers to its gnarly root structure.

Where is it from?
Black cohosh is a shrub-like plant native to the eastern deciduous forests of North America, ranging from southern Ontario to Georgia, north to Wisconsin and west to Arkansas.

What is it used for?
Native American Indians valued the herb and used it for many conditions, ranging from gynecological problems to rattlesnake bites. In Europe, numerous studies have confirmed its usefulness in menopause, painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea), uterine spasms, and vaginitis.

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