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Blue Cohosh Root Cut and Sifted Bulk
Blue Cohosh Root (Caulophyllum thalictroides) Cut and Sifted Bulk
Use only under the care of a qualified health care professional familiar with the uses of this herb.
Use only the dried root, as the fresh plant may cause dermatitis and the berries are toxic. Avoid its use during pregnancy until the onset of labor or until labor is overdue, and then use only under the guidance of a qualified health-care professional. Long-term use or large doses can cause spastic contractions, tachycardia, hypertension, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting, uncoordination, pupil dilation, and joint pain. As blue cohosh can increase blood supply to the pelvis, it should not be used in cases of heavy menstrual bleeding.
Romm, Aviva Jill (2009). “Blue Cohosh: History, Science, Safety, and Midwife Prescribing of a Potentially Fetotoxic Herb.” Yale Medicine Thesis Digital Library. Paper 88.
Berberidaceae (Barberry Family)
The genus name Caulophyllum derives from the Greek kaulos, "stem," and phullon, "leaf," in reference to the manner in which the plant's stems appear to be continuations of its leaves. The common name cohosh is an Algonquin term meaning "rough with hairs," in reference to the texture of the rhizome.
Range of Appearance
Blue cohosh, a perennial, grows throughout the United States in open woods, in moist lowlands, near running streams, and in other locations that offer rich soil and shade. The plant has one or more stems with several compound leaves and reaches a height of 1 to 3 feet. It is blue-purple when young and blue-green when mature, while the inconspicuous six-petaled flowers, blooming from mid-spring until early summer, are yellowish green. The globular seeds are blue in color and resemble small grapes.
The rhizome is not considered edible, aside from use as a tea. The roasted seeds have seen use as a coffee substitute, though they should not be eaten raw as they are mildly toxic.
Calcium iron, potassium, alkaloids (methylcystine, caulophylline, anagyrine, baptifoline, laburine magnoflorine, quninolizidine), saponins (caulosaponin, caulophyllosaponins), phytosterol (daucosterol), resin, gum, starch
Plant details were provided by iPlant by Brigitte Mars.
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