Friday, April 22, 2016

Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

Blue CohoshBlue cohosh has been used for hundreds of years primarily to help women in childbirth. It has been used as a medicinal herb by native women of North America to facilitate childbirth. Today, the grass is used more commonly to stimulate labor and facilitate childbirth effects.

Native Americans used blue cohosh to cure many diseases, as well as the specifics of women. Had been often persons suffering from diseases as diverse as fever, convulsions, gallstones, bladder and kidney infections, sore throat, bronchitis and general nervousness. Caulosaponine, an active ingredient in the blue cohosh, elevates blood pressure. For this reason, the herb is often used as a heart stimulant and as a general tonic. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory drug in cases of rheumatism.

Modern herbal experts often recommend the blue cohosh as an emmenagogue to induce menstruation and as a laxative and uterine

stimulant. Also used frequently as a diuretic to remove liquids in excess and as an expectorant to treat congestion and as a diaphoretic to eliminate toxins to induce perspiration. Experts in traditional herbs often combine black cohosh with blue cohosh to achieve a more balanced treatment for the nerves and increase the antimotility effects of herbs. Blue cohosh is combined with other herbs to stimulate its effects in the treatment of bronchitis, nervous disorders, disorders of the urinary tract and rheumatism. It is believed that blue cohosh helps to pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, erratic menstrual and the retention of the placenta. In addition, is also believed that the herb alleviates neuralgia (nerve pain) ovaries.

Although blue cohosh has been recommended for many diseases, all indications lack sufficient scientific information that supports their efficacy and safety at this time. More research in these areas is needed before a solid conclusion.

Blue Cohosh use

Currently, the blue cohosh is widely prescribed by the midwives. A recent article published in the Journal of Nurse-Midwifery shows that 64% of the certified nurse-midwives who prescribe herbal medicines used blue cohosh to induce labor. Also, it has been used for a wide range of menstrual problems. For example, the blue cohosh has been used for the delayed menstrual periods, and also to stop the menstrual flow.

There is no evidence showing the blue cohosh is effective for any of the diseases for which it has been used. On the other hand, several published reports cite cases of serious side effects in kids caused apparently by the blue cohosh.

Applications of blue cohosh:
The following uses are based on tradition, scientific theories or research limited. Often they have not tested fully in humans and its safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious and a qualified healthcare provider should be evaluated by. There could be other proposed uses that are not listed below.

Abortifacient (induces abortion), amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), anti-inflammatory, antipyretic (reduces fever), antispasmodic, arthritis, bronchitis, cervical dysplasia (possible precancerous, abnormal cells), colic in children, contraception, cramps, demulcent (softens inflammation), desobstructor, diaphoretic (induces perspiration), sore ear, endometriosis, epilepsy, expectorant, diuretic (expel phlegm), gastric disorders, Genitourinary Disorders, hormonal skids, inflammatory conditions, induction of labour, childbirth pain laxative, leukorrhea (vaginal discharge), cancer in the liver, irregularities in menstruation, muscle weakness, nervous disorders, neuralgia (nerve pain), pain (pregnancy), pelvic inflammatory disease, pregnancy, rheumatic pain, STD (Chlamydia), inflammation of the uterus, uterine stimulant, vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina).

They have tested the following uses in humans or animals. The safety and efficacy of these have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious and a qualified healthcare provider should be evaluated by.

Health professionals who have formal instruction practice many complementary techniques, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not the universal case; It is possible that adverse effects will occur. Due to the limited existing research, in some cases, there is only a little information available about the safety of the treatment.

Avoided in persons with a known allergy or are sensitive to blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), any of its constituents or members of the family of the Berberidacea.

Side effects and warnings of Blue Cohosh

An effect that has been commonly reported blue Cohosh is its action as a uterine stimulant, which can be considered a desirable effect to induce labor, but also an adverse affection when used for other purposes during the pregnancy.

Adverse effects of blue cohosh may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and fetal cardiotoxic effects (when used in pregnant women). Infarction myocardium (heart attack), congestive heart failure, concussion, and myocardial toxicity has also been reported.

Strokes and seizures in infants whose mothers have ingested blue cohosh during pregnancy have been documented.

More about Blue Cohosh

Blue cohosh is rich in minerals such as iron, manganese, phosphorus and selenium. It also contains significant amounts of niacin, riboflavin and thiamine. For using blue cohosh, do a tea or infusion with fresh or dried root. Making blue cohosh tea: place 1 tsp. the root powder in a bowl with a lid. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over it. Cover the bowl and let that tea standing for half an hour. To make a tincture, use chopped fresh blue cohosh root and combine it in a proportion 1:2 with a percentage of alcohol of 40 to 60 as the vodka 100 degrees. If you use the dried root, combined in a 1:5 ratio.

Blue cohosh is a very powerful and potentially toxic herb that should only be used under the direction of a medical professional. People suffering from cardiac disorders or high blood pressure should not use it because it shrinks the blood vessels near the heart and raises blood pressure. Also, you should avoid if you have a history of stroke, diabetes or glaucoma. Pregnant women should avoid blue cohosh completely since it causes uterine contractions.

Because the Nicotinic effects of the constituent N-metilcitisin, blue cohosh could cause dilation of the pupils, hyperventilation, nystagmus (involuntary, alternate, fast slow movements of the eyeballs), thirst, hyperthermia, convulsions, hypertension or hip

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