Blue Cohosh

Also indexed as:Caulophyllum thalictroides
Blue Cohosh: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Caulophyllum thalictroides

How It Works

A saponin from blue cohosh called caulosaponin is believed to stimulate uterine contractions.3 Several other alkaloids may be active in this herb. However, current research about the active constituents of blue cohosh is insufficient.

How to Use It

Blue cohosh is generally taken as a tincture and should be limited to no more than 1–2 ml taken three times per day. The whole herb (300–1,000 mg per day) is sometimes used. Blue cohosh is generally used in combination with other herbs.

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