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Actions : Uterine tonic, emmenagogue, anti-spasmodic, anti-rheumatic, diuretic. Indications : An excellent uterine tonic that may be used in any situation where there is a weakness or loss of tone. Excellent for ridding the uterus of cysts or endometriosis. However, when labor does ensue, the use of Blue Cohosh just before birth will help ensure an easy delivery. In all these cases it is a safe herb to use. As an emmenagogue it can be used to bring on a delayed or suppressed menstruation while ensuring that the pain that sometimes accompanies it is relieved. Blue Cohosh may be used in cases where an anti-spasmodic is needed such as in colic, asthma or nervous coughs. It has a reputation for easing rheumatic pain. Preparations & Dosage : Caps: 1-2 caps, 2 x a day. Tincture: 1/2 teaspoonful, 2 x a day. Decoction: put l teaspoonful of the dried root in a cup of water, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. Tincture: take 0.5-2 ml of the tincture three times a day.