Black Cohosh root (Cimicifugae racemosae rhizoma)

Published March 2, 1989.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Cimicifugae racemosae rhizoma, black cohosh root.

Composition of Drug

Preparations of black cohosh consist of the fresh or dried rhizome with attached roots of Cimicifuga racemosa (L.) Nutt. [Fam. Ranunculaceae] in effective dosage.

The drug contains triterpene glycosides.


Premenstrual discomfort, dysmenorrhea or climacteric [menopausal] neurovegetative ailments.


None known.

Side Effects

Occasionally, gastric discomfort.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

Extracts with alcohol 40 - 60 percent (v/v) corresponding to 40 mg of drug. Mode of Administration Galenical preparations for internal use.

Duration of Administration

Not longer than 6 months.


Estrogen-like action
Luteinizing hormone suppression
Binding to estrogen receptors.