Blue Cohosh Root

Spanish Translation: Cohosh Azul 

Other Names: papoose root

 BOTANICAL NAME: Caulophyllum thalictroides (L.) Michx.

Plant Family: Berberidaceae


Blue cohosh is a woodland plant in the same family as barberry, goldenseal, and Oregon grape root, native to the eastern United States and Canada. The word cohosh is from Algonquian and means rough, which refers to the root. The stem is bluish, which is where the rest of the name comes from.


Alkaloids: scaulophylline (methylcytisine), anagyrine, baptifoline; and magnoflorine. Also contains a unique saponin, caulosaponin, its primary active ingredient.


Dried root.


Most frequently used as a tincture. Traditionally combined with goldenseal. May also be used as an extract, capsule or tea.


 Specific: Not for use during pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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