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Nom scientifique : Cimicifiga racemosa

Synonyms : black snakeroot, rattleroot, bugbane

Part(s) used

Root and rhizome

Principal constituents

Glycosides triterpenes, substances with hormonal properties (phytosterols), organic acids (salicylic acid, isoferulic acid)

Recognized therapeutic effects 

  • Alleviates hot flashes and other physiological and psychological symptoms of menopause, such as depression, anxiety and insomnia
  • Alleviates symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation)
  • Lowers blood pressure

Traditional use

  • Reduces inflammation caused by arthritis and rheumatism
  • Controls coughing
  • Soothes sore throat


  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding

Drug interactions 

None documented

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