blue cohosh

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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
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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.
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blue cohosh

(ko'hosh?)
A North American herb, Caulophyllum thalictroides, that produces blue berries. It is sometimes used by Native American women to induce labor.

CAUTION!

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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