November 2, 2014

The benefits of black cohosh



Black Cohosh
For many years black cohosh has been used as a natural remedy to cure many ills. This herb is known for its emotional, physical and spiritual benefits and remains a popular herbal remedy, especially among women.

What is black cohosh?
Black cohosh grows in North America and Canada. It was traditionally used by the Native American’s as a herbal remedy and its use dates back to the 19th century. Black cohosh belongs to the buttercup family; it can be taken as a tea, in the form of capsules, or as a tincture.

Health benefits
The herb has often been used to treat joint problems such as arthritis and it can be taken as a remedy for other forms of joint pain as well. Black cohosh is also suggested for use as a nerve tonic and can be utilised in the treatment of pain for nerve conditions such as neuralgia.
Moreover, black cohosh is an effective remedy for colds, flu and sore throats, and for the treatment of skin rashes and sore or inflamed gums. However, its most common use is to help women suffering from problems associated with hormonal imbalance.
It is commonly recommended for women that suffer from PMS, menopausal symptoms such as night sweats and hot flushes, endometriosis, cramps and painful periods, and for women who suffer menstrual irregularities. In addition, black cohosh is sometimes taken by pregnant women to help induce labour. However, pregnant women should seek medical advice before supplementing with this herb.

Spiritual benefits
Black cohosh was once used as one of the main ingredients in witches spells. It was believed to have magical properties and would be utilised to create love spells; it is also believed to improve determination, faith and courage.
There was once a common belief that black cohosh could drive away negative energy in the presence of evil; it is also associated with male potency and it was thought that if black cohosh was used in the bath, it would act as a cure for impotency.

Emotional Benefits
Due to its balancing effects on the hormones, black cohosh can also be beneficial in balancing the emotions. It can help to regulate moods, ease irritability and there is some suggestion that it might be beneficial to patients with depression, however, anyone seeking to use black cohosh for that reason should speak to a doctor first, especially if they are on medication.