The freshly obtained roots of the blue cohosh or squaw root plants are used to prepare the homeopathic remedy caulophyllum. The fresh roots are cleaned, chopped into fine pieces and macerated in alcohol. Subsequently, the resultant solution is diluted to desired levels and succussed to obtain the homeopathic medicine caulophyllum.
The indigenous American tribes have been using the root of the blue cohosh plant as a herbal medication for a number of health conditions, especially to avoid extended and painful labor as well as to hasten up the process of childbirth. Even till this day, the roots of the plant are used in herbal medicine as an energizer and also as a stimulant to uterine. Reputed American homeopathic physician Dr. Edwin Moses Hale was the first to introduce caulophyllum to this alternative stream of medicine in 1875. It is important to note that in homeopathy, caulophyllum has to primary uses. First, it is an effective remedy for rheumatic pains that affect the smaller joints of the hands and feet with sudden, excruciating cramping pain as well as aching wrists. The pain experienced by such patients is of traveling nature and moves from one part of the body to another swiftly. Second, caulophyllum is prescribed to hasten the process of childbirth, ease the pain and problems associated with labor and also to alleviate problems endured after childbirth. This medication is effective when a pregnant woman experiences feeble and erratic labor pain or may have intensely aching, but ineffective contractions of the uterine muscles. In addition, caulophyllum is also recommended for women who may be experiencing fake labor pains. The homeopathic medication caulophyllum may help to prevent routine miscarriages and, at the same time, alleviate the acute hurting following childbirth and provide relief from menstrual soreness. Since caulophyllum is a stimulant for the uterine muscles, it is helpful in inducing menstruation flows in women who have been suffering from lack of menstrual flow. This homeopathic remedy is also beneficial for those suffering from stomach complaints that usually lead to spasmodic dyspepsia (impaired digestion). Some patients who may suffer from stomach pain accompanied by spasms would benefit if they try caulophyllum. In addition, as a homeopathic remedy caulophyllum is also effective for treating other health problems related to women, for instance amenorrhea (absence of menstrual periods), menstrual abnormalities and/ or dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation). This medication is also effective in facilitating labor when the opening of the uterus is exceptionally rigid. Homeopathic practitioners recommend the use of caulophyllum for people suffering from rheumatic pains which are transient in nature, moving from one part of the body to another very quickly. All these apart, caulophyllum is also useful in curing ailments encountered during pregnancy, such as parturition (the process of brining up an infant) as well as lactation (formation and secretion of breast milk). It is also effective in treating leucorrhoea (white or yellowish mucus discharge from the vagina suggesting an infection) in young girls, which is usually pungent and excoriating.
The blue cohosh or squaw root plant, which forms the basis for the homeopathic remedy caulophyllum, is indigenous to North America, especially the eastern regions of the United States. The plant favours a moist and fertile soil and is found growing in the wild in streams, swamps as well as other locations where the soil remains moist all the time. The plant produces greenish yellow flowers in May and June, which mature into pods bearing scanty seeds during summer.