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    Other Names:

    Actaea alba, Actaea pachypoda, Actaea rubra, Actée Blanche, Actée Pachypoda, Baneberry, Cohosh Blanco, Coralberry, Doll's Eye, Snakeberry, White Baneberry.

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    WHITE COHOSH Overview Information

    White cohosh is an herb. Despite the fact that all parts of the plant are poisonous, white cohosh is used to make medicine.

    Don’t confuse white cohosh with black cohosh, used for symptoms of menopause; or with blue cohosh, an herb used to stimulate the uterus and relieve muscle spasms. White cohosh is also known as baneberry, but it should not be confused with European baneberry.

    Women use white cohosh to stimulate menstruation and treat other female disorders, as well as ease childbirth.

    White cohosh is also used for colds and cough, urinary tract disorders, itching, and stomach disorders.

    Some people try white cohosh to revive those near death.

    How does it work?

    There isn't enough information available to know how white cohosh works.

    WHITE COHOSH Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

    Insufficient Evidence for:

    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of white cohosh for these uses.

    WHITE COHOSH Side Effects & Safety

    White cohosh is UNSAFE. All parts of the plant are poisonous. It can cause stomach problems, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, headache, heart and blood circulation problems, and delirium.

    Avoid skin contact with white cohosh; it can cause swelling and skin blisters.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    It is UNSAFE for anyone to use white cohosh, but people with the following conditions have extra reasons not to use it:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to use white cohosh if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

    Stomach or intestinal (gastrointestinal, GI) problems: White cohosh can irritate the GI tract and could make GI disorders worse.

    WHITE COHOSH Interactions What is this?

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    The appropriate dose of white cohosh depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for white cohosh. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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