Actaea racemosa (formerly Cimicifuga racemosa)
Names: battle weed, big snakeroot, Bugbane;
black snakeroot, blueberry, blue ginseng,
bugwort, cohosh, columbine leaved leontice,
cordate rattletop, fairy candles, false cohosh,
heart-leaved rattle-top, hearth-leaved
snakeroot, meadow rue leontice, papoose root,
rattle root, rattlesnake root, rattle root, rattletop,
rattleweed, richweed, squaw root, squaw
weed, star lance, tall snakeroot, yellow ginseng
Properties: diuretic, antirheumatic, antiinflammatory,
sedative, anti-tusive, uterine stimulant
History: The botanical name cimicifuga is
Latin for "bug repellent". The herb was named
black because of its dark medicinal roots. The
name cohosh comes from an Algonquian word
meaning "rough," a reference to the feel of the
rhizome when handled. The species name is
from the Latin meaning full of flowers.
Because of the hard, knotty, twisted shape of
the root comes the name of "black snakeroot".
Originally used by the Native Americans for
fatigue, sore throat, arthritis, rattlesnake bite
and primarily for gynecological problems and
childbirth, it was introduced to the medical
world in 1944 by Dr. John King for rheumatism
and nervous disorders and it became a favorite
herb with the Eclectics medical practitioners. It
was widely used to treat scarlet fever,
whooping cough, smallpox and all "hysterical"
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