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Blue cohosh

Blue cohosh, also known as Caulophyllum thalictroides, is an herb with many health benefits. It is basically used to treat estrogen related issues. Other names of blue cohosh include papoose root, beech drops, blueberry root, squawroot and yellow ginseng.

Medicinal uses of blue cohosh

Blue cohosh was used by the Native American women and they passed on their knowledge to the Europeans, and they too found this herb immensely beneficial. There are various medicinal uses of Blue cohosh, and some of them are mentioned below

Relive menstrual problems – blue cohosh helps to warm up and dry the body and thus is helpful for those women who suffer from lack of menstruation because of being cold and damp. If the uterus is cold and congested it can result in no menstruation for several months or even delay in menstruation, and can lead to irregular menstruation, scant periods and spastic dysmenorrhea during the start of menstruation.

It can also cause lower abdominal cramps during the beginning of menstruation (PMS), and uterine and ovarian pain associated with spasms and congestions. Blue cohosh has sedative and antispasmodic properties which help to get relief from these symptoms. Blue cohosh root is a uterine stimulant, and it helps move congestion and also relaxes spasms and tension in the reproductive system of women.

Helps stimulate labor – midwives have been using blue cohosh since a long time. It is useful in the first stages of labor because of its oxytocic action which helps induce effective and regular contractions, helps in the ripening of the cervix, and also helps with pain. Blue cohosh, at times, is mixed with spikenard root and black cohosh root to help stimulate labor. Pregnant women should discuss the benefits of this herb with there health care provider or midwife.

Helpful for arthritis – blue cohosh can be used by people suffering from joint pain or arthritis that occurs in the toes or fingers when these joints get first used, but with ongoing movement it gets better. To treat this condition, you can mix blue cohosh root with Solomon’s seal root and turmeric or ginger root. If blue cohosh root will be used for weeks or months it needs to be combined with some mucilaginous herb like true Solomon’s seal, as blue cohosh if used solely for such a ling time can cause irritation to the digestive tract.