Black cohosh root (Actaea racemosa) helps menopausal symptoms and joint pain. Dig the large root in the fall when it's tall flower stalk is still visible to avoid confusion with toxic white baneberry (Actaea alba) which has similar foliage but a short flower stalk. Other estrogen promoting plants are red clover (Trifolium pratense)and evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis).
(adapted from Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Healing Arts Press 2003)
- black haw (Viburnum opulus) - 1 part
- periwinkle (Vinca major) - 2 parts
- black cohosh - 1 part
- chasteberry - 1 part
- cleavers (Galium aparine) - 1 part
- wild yam - 1 part
|Dried chasteberries for infusion or tincturing|
DOCTOR'S NOTE: Avoid estrogen promoting herbs (black cohosh, red clover, evening primrose oil) with a history of estrogen sensitive breast cancer.