The native North American herb, Black cohosh, a member of the buttercup family, has gained significant media attention for being a herbal medicine effective in problems related to menstruation. It is said that native Americans have been using these herbs for the last two centuries in curing problems related to menstrual cramps and pre and postmenopausal issues. Since menstruation and fertility are directly related, Black cohosh has become a popular choice for women in the US. Now, it is highly unlikely that you will find a registered doctor recommending you dosages of black cohosh but it said that in the homeopathic and herbal medicines market, extracts of black cohosh roots have been prepared as a cure for infertility complications. In native American countries, it has been used to treat hives and constipation for decades in the recent years, it has evolved as one of the most beneficial alternative medicines for treating menopause complications. The Internet, being the most diversified source of information, has created a huge market of believers and non - believers in the medicinal values of black cohosh. It is true that it has been used as a herb for curing various maladies but there exists some controversy regarding its benefits for treating problems related to fertility and menstruation.
Facts About Black Cohosh
➟ It is also known as black snakeroot, macrotys, rattlesnake root, rattleweed, bugbane and bugwort.
➟ Previously, the plant was scientifically known as Cimicifuga racemos but now it is known as Actaea racemosa. Many authors use both the names to avoid confusion among users.
➟ The roots of this plant contain glycosides, alkaloids and salicylic acid which have amazing medicinal properties.
➟ It has been used as a medicine to induce labor, in menstruation issues, PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) and infertility. It is believed that medicinal properties of this plant are used in preparing herbal medicines that help in curing fertility problems.
➟ It can grow up to 8 feet tall and it is easier to identity this plant due to its tall stalks of flossy white flowers.
Can Black Cohosh Boost Fertility?
In the recent years, many researchers have come up with their conclusions regarding effects of black cohosh roots in boosting fertility. There is a growing belief, backed by evidence, that this root has positive effects on the pregnancy and overall reproductive health. However, the matter of fact is that the number of positive results have been very less, relative to the number of negative experiments. Of course, since herbs like black cohosh are tribal herbs and have been used by our ancestors in curing variety of diseases, they have great medicinal properties. But recommending them as 'very beneficial' for a complex issue like fertility would be too early for medical science. Since infertility is related to many factors like poor lifestyle habits (alcoholism, smoking, over stress, poor diet and emotional issues) and physical issues (infection of fallopian tubes, polycystic ovaries, uterine fibroids, etc.), it can't be said that just by taking herbs, issues related to pregnancy, menstruation and reproductive problems can be easily solved.
No single herb or even medicine is the solution to infertility that occurs due to multiple reasons. All individuals or couples who are planning to conceive, must not believe anything that is advertised to them by fake websites. It is always the best option to contact a registered medical herbalist and seek advice. The herbalist will examine the past medial records of the couple and he or she will then suggest the couple regarding ideal herbs, that are best suited to their condition. Remember that herbs like black cohosh only help in stimulating hormones as they cure hormonal imbalances thereby helping in problems of infertility. It is indeed not possible for a single herb to cure complex issues of fertility. So before taking any herb, consult your medical doctor and only then proceed further.
Your doctor will advise you practical steps to tackle the problem of infertility and he or she will also guide you, if you should follow the crowd and consume the much hyped black cohosh root extracts or use some other beneficial alternatives, instead of being vulnerable to side effects of black cohosh. Couples must also use their fair sense of judgment, intuition and common sense before taking any herbal medicine. We will surely know more about these herbs as research in this field advances further.