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Cimicifuga racemosa
(Actaea racemosa)


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Cimicifuga racemosa
(Actaea racemosa)

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Cimicifuga racemosa
(Actaea racemosa)

1. Description

Latin Name:
Cimicifuga racemosa
(Actaea racemosa)

Cimicifuga racemosa
Cimicifuga racemosa, Cimicifuga, Cimicifugae racemosae rhizoma, Cimic, Actaea racemosa Appalachian bugbane, Baneberry, Black bugbane, Black cohosh root extract, Black cohosh roots, Black snakeroot, Botrophis serpentaria, Bugbane, Bugwort,  Cimicifugic acid, Cohosh bugbane, Ferulic acid, Fukinolic acid, Isoferulic acid, Isopropanolic black cohosh extract, Isopropanolic extract, Macrotys, Macrotys actaeoides, Methyl caffeate, Mountain bugbane, p-coumaric acid, Phytoestrogen, Protocatechualdehyde, Protocatechuic acid, Ranunculaceae (family), Rattle root, Rattle snakeroot, Rattlesnake root, Rattle top, Rattle weed, Rattleweed, Rhizoma actaeae, Rich weed, Richweed, Snakeroot, Solvlys, Squaw root, Squawroot,
Triterpene glycosides, 

2. Source & History

This plant is a smooth herbaceous perennial reaching a height of 2 ft from an underground rhizome. The flower which has no petals or sepals has a distinctly sweet, fetid smell that attracts flies, gnats, and beetles. Its fruit contains several seeds in a dry follicle.

The original taxonomical placement was in the Actaea genus but was later revised to Cimicifuga. However more recently botanists have reverted to the original Actaea classification.

Native Americans used black cohosh to treat gynecological and other disorders, including sore throats, kidney problems, and depression. Later eclectic physicians used it to treat rheumatism, nervous disorders and a variety of maladies, including endometritis, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, sterility, severe after-birth pains, and for increased breast milk production.

Today it is used mainly for symptoms of premenstrual tension, menopause and other gynecological problems. Estrogen-like compounds had originally been implicated in its effects but recent findings suggest that its physiological effects may be due to compounds that bind and activate serotonin receptors.

The Homeopathic tincture is derived from the root

3. Mentals & Generals

The patient is so restless and high strung as to become frantic. There is much fear of going crazy or mad. Suspicion abounds even extending to medicines. They seem enveloped in a black cloud of grief & misery accompanied with much sighing. Alternating bouts of joy and mirth may also present even to the extent of aggressive affection.
These mental symptoms improve when physical symptoms worsen.
The patient is very cold, never warm and their sleep is disturbed with muscular affectations.

4. Particulars

Symptoms constantly changing between physical and mental.
Muscle & neuralgic pains, great soreness, cramps and twitchings shift from one location to another.
Occipital headache extending down the neck
Nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) with colic and pain extending to the back and lower extremities.
Sinking gone feeling in epigastrium.
Alternating diarrhoea and constipation.
Irregularities of menses and dysmenorrhoea. The greater the flow the greater the pain.
Sensation of uterine prolapse, ovaries extremely tender.
Irregular labour pain, unbearable after birth pain extending down the thighs.

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All symptoms by cold & wet & at night 
Also during menses
when the greater the flow the greater the pain.
Headache bending forward

All symptoms by warmth
Headache by retraction
Colic by bending double
Mentals by movement

6. Keywords

When mentals wax physical wane and vice versa.
Sensation of enveloping black cloud. All is darkness and confusion. Fear of madness.
Menses irregular, exhausting, delayed, suppressed.
Muscular and neuralgic pain, cramp soreness, false labour pain in third trimester, acute after birth pain.

7. Clinicals

Mental anxiety/ trauma/ melancholia
Headache/ migraine with cervical pain & stiffness
Colic , vomiting & morning sickness
Menstrual & menopausal conditions
Ovary pain, sinking sensation
Labour & pueperal pain
Myalgia, muscle twitching & neuralgia

8. Constitutional Prescribing

The use of Cimic is usually restricted to symptomatic situations mainly because its duration of activity is only up to 12 days. 
However as always it is the patient picture that is important especially the mental & general manifestations that are the key determinants for its Constitutional use.

In terms of constitutional classification it accords with that of Nebel's Phosphoric as the symptoms associated with menstrual flow characterise its depletive action.  
High potency Constitutional prescription may therefore be used as background together with a concurrent lower potency symptomatic remedy administered according to the Law of Similars in situations where two or more of the main symptoms occur together in the patient. For example
Myalgic and menstrual conditions
Mental anxiety and cervical stiffness

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9. Relationships

up to 12 days
Agar (Neuralgia),
Arg-n (Mentals), Cal-p (Colic), Caul (Uterine), Ign (Achilles tendon), Lil-tHeadache), Phos (Colic), Puls (Shifting neuralgia), Sep (Menstrual)
Remedies that Follow Well

10. Posology

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11. Further Information

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Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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Cimicifuga racemosa
Cimicifuga racemosa
(Actaea racemosa)

Cimicifuga racemosa
Cimicifuga racemosa
(Actaea racemosa)

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: 
Cimicifuga racemosa
(Actaea racemosa)
Common Name: 
Black cohosh  
Cimicifuga racemosa  
(Actaea racemosa)

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