blue cohosh

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Related to blue cohosh: black cohosh, dong quai, pennyroyal

blue cohosh

a perennial herb found in the Midwest and Eastern regions of the United States.
uses This herb is used to treat menopausal symptoms and uterine and ovarian pain, to improve the flow of menstrual blood, and as an antiinflammatory and antirheumatic. It is also a popular remedy in African American ethnic medicine.
contraindications Should not be used for any of these indications since it has caused serious toxicities.
A perennial herb, the roots and rhizomes of which contain alkaloids, anangyrine, baptifoline, cystine, saponins, and resin; it was once used to ease labor and delivery, and for colic, and arthritis; it is now regarded as unsafe in pregnancy, and should not be used in those with cardiovascular disease or hypertension
Toxicity Blue cohosh seeds—‘berries’—are poisonous

blue co·hosh

(blū kō'hosh)
Herbal agent extracted from Caulophyllum thalictroides; long in use, purported value includes tonic in pregnancy and as an anticonvulsant, however, use in pregnant women is contraindicated.
Synonym(s): blue ginseng, papoose root, squaw root (2) , yellow ginseng.

blue cohosh

A North American herb, Caulophyllum thalictroides, that produces blue berries. It is sometimes used by Native American women to induce labor.


Maternal use of the herb in late pregnancy has been associated with stroke, heart attack, and congestive heart failure in newborns.
Synonym: squaw root See: black cohosh
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Safety and efficacy of blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) during pregnancy and lactation.
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Licorice, hops, and blue cohosh did not promote uterine growth.
The Indian names for Blue Cohosh are Papoose Root or Squaw Root, which gives an indication of how it was used.
Black Cohosh (Cimifuga racemosa) is no relation to Blue Cohosh but belongs in the buttercup family.
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Blue cohosh contains compounds with cardiotoxic, vasoconstricting, and uterine stimulating activity, Dr.
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