What is blue cohosh?

What is blue cohosh ()? The use of blue cohosh in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.Blue cohosh is also known as Caulophyllum thalictroides, blue ginseng, papoose root, yellow ginseng, blueberry root, and beech drops.Blue cohosh has been used to stimulate menstrual flow, to induce labor, and for rheumatism, cramps, and epilepsy.Blue cohosh has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of blue cohosh may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.Blue cohosh may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

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