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Black Cohosh for PMS

Actaea racemosa

Native to North America, black cohosh is a member of the buttercup family, which also includes several other medicinal herbs, such as aconite, goldenseal, and pulsatilla. It is most abundant in the Ohio River Valley, but it can be found throughout the Midwest and in several northeastern states. Black cohosh is thought to be very effective for relieving cramping and for relieving ovulation pain. It is being studied scientifically as a remedy for symptoms of menopause, but it has not yet been clinically studied for relief of premenstrual syndrome.

Black cohosh home remedy for PMS


  • If you wish, you can grow your own. Unearth the roots in the autumn, after the fruit has ripened. Wash the roots, and then cut them lengthwise and dry them.
  • Pour one cup of water over ½ to 1 teaspoon of dried black cohosh root and bring it to a boil.
  • Let the decoction simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Drink three times daily.
  • Alternatively, you can buy it in capsule form. Take three times daily.

Why It Works

Herbalists say that black cohosh is a relaxant and normalizer of the female reproductive system.


Black cohosh should not be confused with blue cohosh, which is a different herb with different uses. Black cohosh is sometimes used to induce bleeding or to induce labor, and therefore should not be used by women who are pregnant. In rare cases, black cohosh may have been associated with liver failure, so it should not be used by anyone who has a known liver disorder. You should stop using black cohosh if you start to develop signs of a liver disorder, such as abdominal pain, dark urine, or jaundice. Side effects of black cohosh can include headaches and gastrointestinal discomfort.

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