Blue Cohosh is of primary benefit to women as it has been traditionally used during pregnacy and childbirth as a uterine toner and regulator. Blue Cohosh eases labour pains and menstral cramps with antispasmodic effects. However, this American Indian remedy was not limited to females; papoose root, as it was also called, was also given to children to relieve cramps and colic.
Blue Cohosh has been used as a treatment for heart palpitations, high blood pressure, whooping cough and epilepsy. It is known to contain a large number of vital minerals. It was listed in the United States Pharmacopea from 1882 until 1905, and in the National Formulary from 1916 to 1950, where it was considered to be an antispasmodic, emmenagogue, and diuretic.
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