Black Cohosh

In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan.


Black Cohosh, or Cimicifuga racemosa, is a perennial dicot of the Buttercup family native to the Eastern half of the United States and Canada. It is also known as baneberry, black snakeroot, bug root, and bugbane. Black cohosh is considered an herbal remedy or dietary supplement. No specific therapeutic claims are made of its efficacy in treating any medical condition. This activity will discuss the purported uses of this substance, potential mechanisms of action, and potential toxicities, so members of the health care team can be aware of the possible issues arising when patients take this herbal supplement.

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