Benefits Of “Blue Cohosh” Root Supplements
Species: C. thalictroides
Also know as: Papoose root,
Parts used: Roots
The Indians called blue cohosh papoose root; believing it triggered labor and they were right. Science shows that an active substance found in blue cohosh can induce labor. In fact, this herb should only be used under strict medical supervision.
Blue cohosh is not related to black cohosh; they belong to two different botanical families. However, the Indians used them both and called them both “cohosh” because they both have gnarled roots. The “blue” refers to the bluish stem and dark blue berries.
Blue cohosh is traditionally used in gynecology and appears to stand up in scientific scrutiny. It does not appear to be any more hazardous than the standard drug used to induce labor; which requires constant professional monitoring. As a powerful uterine stimulant, blue cohosh could certainly trigger menstruation; but should not be used for this purpose. Its too powerful.
Researchers in India have discovered evidence that the Mexican Indians may have been on the right track in using this herb as a contraceptive. In animals the herb inhibits ovulation.
European researchers identified some antibiotic and immune stimulating properties in blue cohosh; explaining the use for kidney and bladder infections. Blue cohosh also has anti-inflammatory activity; supporting its traditional use for arthritis.
No one with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, glaucoma, or history of stroke should use this herb.
As with all herbal nutrition supplements, blue cohosh supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT:
Calcium, coulosaponin, gum, inositol, iron, leontin, magnesium, methylcystine, phosphoric acid, phosphorus, potassium, salts, silicon, starch, and vitamins B3, B5, folic acid (B9), and E.
Blue cohosh is not a garden herb, but it is easy to recognize in early spring in the forest from the Appalachians to the Mississippi. Its blue purple stem and single large leaf rise two to three feet. When spring turns to summer, it produces three branches with three leaves each.
In summer it produces small yellow flowers and a dark blue berry, which is poisonous and can be fatal to children. Make sure children do not eat the blue cohosh berries.
Other herbs with oxytocic actions include angelica, black cohosh, dong quai, red raspberry, and shepherd's purse.