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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Black Cohosh (ACTAEA RACEMOSA)

This classic female tonic is a tried and true remedy for difficult menopause, PMS, and painful periods. This tincture should be in every woman's medicine cabinet.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa, or Cimicifuga racemosa) is the classic anti-estrogenic female tonic. Traditionally used for many types of difficult menopause, PMS, and painful periods. This tincture should be in every woman's medicine cabinet.

Black cohosh was used to give relief from menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes/flushes, irritability, unstable mood, insomnia, and night sweats. As a helpful herb for PMS, black cohosh treats cramping, acne, and initiates regular cycles. It has also beeb used to initiate labor in pregnant women.

This anti-inflammatory herb soothes painful effects of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and neuralgia. It regulates hormones by stimulating the opiate system.

While Black Cohosh is most potent for the female reproductive system, it has added benefits such as calming anxiety, rheumatic pain, fever, sore throat, and cough.
Ayurveda Black Cohosh Whole Plant Large

Ayurveda Black Cohosh Flower Large

Ayurveda Black Cohosh Leaf Large

SUGGESTED USE

1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
Follow these guidelines

Biocharacteristics of Black Cohosh

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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HEAVY

ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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SALTY

ABOUT SALTY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Salty refers to anything with salt, or high mineral content.

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Moves Energy:
Inward

INWARD

Inward moving substances promote introspection, self reflection, stillness, or slow the system down.

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Tissue (dhatu):
Blood Plasma Lymph

BLOOD-PLASMA-LYMPH

Plasma (Rasa Dhatu) includes plasma, white blood cells, and lymph.

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Bone

BONE

Bone tissue (Asthi Dhatu) includes the bones, hair, and nails.

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Red Blood

RED-BLOOD

Red blood (Rakta Dhatu) includes red blood cells and blood vessels.

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Reproductive

REPRODUCTIVE

Reproductive tissue (Shukra/Artava Dhatu) includes male and female reproductive organs.

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Affinity: Reproductive Health, Womens Health
Family: Ranunculaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Black Cohosh
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Analgesic

STRONG ANALGESIC

Pain reliever, reduces pain without eliminating sensation. Also known as anodyne.

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Antidepressant

ANTIDEPRESSANT

Herbs that lift feelings of depression, benefit the mind and improve mental function.

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Anxiolytic

ANXIOLYTIC

Herbs that help people suffering from anxiety or panic. They promote a state of calm and often improve sleep. Most anxiolytic herbs are also nervines.

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Dopaminergic

DOPAMINERGIC

Dopamine lifts mood, but also reduces prolactin, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and lutenizing hormone (LH).

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Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Sedative

SEDATIVE

Sedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.

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Serotonergic

SEROTONERGIC

The feel-good hormone. Also includes serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).

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Tonic

TONIC

A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Antipruritic

ANTIPRURITIC

Antipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching, often associated with skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy rashes).

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Bronchodilator

BRONCHODILATOR

An herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. They are helpful in wheezing and asthma.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Anticarcinogenic

ANTICARCINOGENIC

Herbs that inhibit or prevent the activity of a carcinogen or the development of cancer.

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Antifungal

ANTIFUNGAL

Herbs that destroy fungus.

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Antimicrobial

ANTIMICROBIAL

An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.

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Hypotensive

HYPOTENSIVE

An herb that lowers blood pressure.

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Uterine Tonic

STRONG UTERINE-TONIC

An herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.

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Anti Estrogenic

ANTI-ESTROGENIC

Reduces estrogen, which reduces thickness of the uterus endometrium, pelvic congestive disorders like fibroids, and frequently dysmenorrhea as well.

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Estrogenic

ESTROGENIC

Increases estrogen, helpful in menopause. Estrogen is anabolic and increases muscle growth, bone density, and moisture.

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Partus Preparator

PARTUS-PREPARATOR

Prepares the uterus for labor & delivery, making contractions more effective. May also relax the mother, reduce pain, improve breast milk, stimulate contractions (oxytocin), build yang, and nourish blood.

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Progesteronic

PROGESTERONIC

Progeserone is the pregnancy hormone. It raises body temperature (Pitta), and suppresses menstruation. It is generally more extroverted.

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Promotes Fertility

PROMOTES-FERTILITY

An herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).

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Relaxant Parturient

RELAXANT-PARTURIENT

Used when labor is stalled due to irregular, colicky or spasmodic contractions (hypertonic). Ensures full dilation of cervix.

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Muscle Relaxant

MUSCLE-RELAXANT

Herbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.

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Antispasmodic

STRONG ANTISPASMODIC

Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Black Cohosh

Rosemary

Rosemary has these Actions in Common

Anticarcinogenic, Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Antidepressant, Antispasmodic, Muscle-relaxant, Analgesic, Antifungal, Bronchodilator, Nervine

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Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Antipruritic, Diaphoretic, Antidepressant, Antispasmodic, Dopaminergic, Antifungal, Anxiolytic, Nervine, Analgesic

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Lavender

Lavender has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Anxiolytic, Relaxant-parturient, Antifungal, Muscle-relaxant, Sedative, Antispasmodic, Nervine

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Rose Petals

Rose Petals has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Uterine-tonic, Antimicrobial, Progesteronic, Anti-inflammatory, Estrogenic, Promotes-fertility

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Chamomile

Chamomile has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Diaphoretic, Sedative, Antispasmodic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Analgesic, Anxiolytic, Nervine

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Cloves

Cloves has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Antifungal, Anxiolytic, Nervine, Antimicrobial, Diaphoretic, Analgesic, Antispasmodic

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Anticarcinogenic, Antipruritic, Analgesic, Antifungal, Antispasmodic, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Serotonergic

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Poppy Seed

Poppy Seed has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Analgesic, Anxiolytic, Sedative, Antipruritic, Muscle-relaxant

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Nigella (black cumin)

Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Anti-inflammatory, Diaphoretic, Anticarcinogenic, Hypotensive

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Sorghum Flour

Sorghum Flour has these Actions in Common

Hypotensive, Anxiolytic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Anti-inflammatory, Bronchodilator, Sedative, Antidepressant

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Anti-inflammatory, Anxiolytic, Nervine, Antidepressant, Bronchodilator

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Black Cohosh

Motherwort

Motherwort has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Antispasmodic, Nervine, Anxiolytic, Relaxant-parturient, Diaphoretic, Dopaminergic, Estrogenic, Analgesic, Hypotensive, Anti-inflammatory, Muscle-relaxant

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Analgesic, Nervine, Anti-inflammatory, Progesteronic, Anticarcinogenic, Sedative, Antidepressant, Tonic, Antispasmodic, Uterine-tonic, Anxiolytic, Muscle-relaxant

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Anti-inflammatory, Muscle-relaxant, Antidepressant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Antifungal, Nervine, Antimicrobial, Sedative, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Bronchodilator

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Cramp Bark

Cramp Bark has these Actions in Common

Estrogenic, Hypotensive, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Analgesic, Partus-preparator, Anti-inflammatory, Relaxant-parturient, Antispasmodic, Uterine-tonic, Anxiolytic

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Chastetree Berry

Chastetree Berry has these Actions in Common

Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Progesteronic, Analgesic, Promotes-fertility, Anti-estrogenic, Serotonergic, Antispasmodic, Uterine-tonic, Dopaminergic, Estrogenic

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St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Dopaminergic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Analgesic, Nervine, Anti-inflammatory, Serotonergic, Antidepressant, Tonic, Antimicrobial

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Gokshura

Gokshura has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Promotes-fertility, Analgesic, Sedative, Antipruritic, Tonic, Antispasmodic, Uterine-tonic, Hypotensive, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Eleuthero Ginseng

Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common

Muscle-relaxant, Analgesic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Anti-inflammatory, Nervine, Anticarcinogenic, Tonic, Antidepressant, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Hypotensive

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Skullcap

Skullcap has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Analgesic, Sedative, Antidepressant, Tonic, Antispasmodic, Anxiolytic, Hypotensive, Muscle-relaxant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm has these Actions in Common

Anxiolytic, Diaphoretic, Dopaminergic, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Analgesic, Relaxant-parturient, Antidepressant, Sedative, Antispasmodic

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Black Cohosh may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

CONTRAINDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Black Cohosh may be harmful or contraindicated for these symptoms. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Analgesic: If the mechanism of pain relief is narcotic, do not combine with antihistamines.
  • Antidepressant: Do not combine with antihistamines.
  • Hypotensive: Herbs that lower blood pressure can magnify the effect of blood pressure reducing pharmaceuticals.
  • Muscle-relaxant: Do not combine muscle relaxants with antihistamines.
  • Sedative: Do not combine nerve suppressing sedatives with nerve stimulants, pharmaceutical sedatives, most anxiolyitcs, or antihistamines.

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