Blue cohosh Extract, Caulophyllum thalictroides Extract
Blue cohosh has been used for hundreds of years primarily to help women, particularly in the area of childbirth. It was used as a medicinal herb by Native American women to facilitate childbirth. Today, the herb is most commonly used to stimulate labor and to ease the effects of labor. Constituents of the herb have shown to have labor induction properties and have increased the rate and degree of uterine contraction in vitro and in vivo. One constituent, N-methylcytisine, has been proven to have nicotinic effects. Also, recent case studies have questioned the safety of blue cohosh due to toxicologic effects on the mother and fetus. Although, blue cohosh has been indicated for many conditions, all indications lack sufficient scientific data to support their efficacy and safety at this time. More research is needed in these areas before firm conclusions can be drawn. Blue cohosh is also thought to help pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, erratic menstruation, and retained placenta. In addition, the herb is also believed to relieve ovarian neuralgia..
Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:
Alkaloid, alpha-isolupanine, anagyrine, aporphine, baptifoline, beechdrops, Berberidaceae (family), blue cohosh root, blue ginseng, blueberry, Caulophyllum, Caulophyllum thalictroides Mich., Leontice thalictroides (L.), lupanine, magnoflorine, Mastodynon, N-methylcytisine, papoose root, quinolizidine alkaloids, saponins, scaulophylline, sparteine, squaw root, taspine, thalictroidine, triterpene saponins, yellow ginseng.
Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) should not be confused with black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), an over-the-counter herbal supplement sold as a menopause and menstrual remedy.
Combination product examples:
E.A.R. Plus® (lobelia, black cohosh, blue cohosh, blue vervain, scull-cap, and garlic in olive oil), Mother's Cordial (Mitchella repens, Chamaelirium luteum, Viburnum opulu, Caulophyllum, brandy, sugar, and essence of sassafras).