Native Americans were the first societies to utilize the rhizome of this herb as an herbal cure for the bites of rattlesnakes -and this is the reason for the common name, rattle root. They were also the first to recognize the value of this herb in the treatment of menstrual and labor pain in affected women. They used the herb to alleviate depression by making the affected person chew the herb as they understood its action as a sedative. The other uses to which the herb was employed include the preparation of an herbal black cohosh tea, which was commonly sprinkled in different rooms to prevent the evil spirits from entering inside. Many herbalist around the world, still utilize the root for its diuretic properties, the root is also used as a cough suppressant, and it is also used to reduce inflammation and rheumatic pain in affected individuals. The derivative known as cimic is mainly a remedy for female disorders; this substance acts on the affected nerves and muscles of the uterus and alleviates the pain or inflammation in the area. All physical symptoms related to the menstrual symptoms in the affected woman, such as the persistent congestion in the head which comes before menstruation and the heaviness and physical cramps occurring along the small of the back when menstruating are curd using this substance. All common physical complaints during pregnancy are treated using this remedy and it is especially effective in the treatment of early miscarriage, it is used extensively for the treatment of all cases of nausea and vomiting, it is used to treat sleeplessness and the presence of shooting pain in the uterus during menstrual flows. The remedy is also extensively used in the treatment of postpartum depression and all menopausal symptoms, it is used to treat all fainting spells and the appearance of hot flashes, so common during menstruation. Cimicifuga is also extensively used in the treatment of neck stiffness which leads to persistent headache; cimicifuga is also used in the treatment of the emotional symptoms which arise due to the presence of hormonal imbalances in the woman, these symptoms can include excessive sighing, the presence of persistent sadness, the presence of extreme anxiety, and the display of constant irritability by the woman. The homeopathic remedy Cimicifuga assists in treating rheumatism; it is particularly useful when the muscles in the middle of the neck and back are exaggerated. In most cases, rheumatism affects the big joints as well as the joints in the lumbo-sacral area. In such conditions, the patient experiences extreme muscle pains. They feel uneasy, restive and ache in the limbs, accompanied by intense pain in the vicinity of the lumbar and sacral. These symptoms are usually accompanied with rigidity, disability and cramped feeling together with a sharp pain as well as spasms. These pains deteriorate when the patient uses her arms to type, write, sew, and play the piano, owing to cold, moist weather conditions and also when women have their menstrual periods. Cimicifuga is also effective in alleviating sciatica pain and irritation in the spinal cord. Cimicifuga as a homeopathic remedy, also facilitates treating headaches attributable to cold and moist weather conditions, especially headaches having their origin in rheumatism. When people requiring this remedy have such headaches they feel tender and bruised everywhere in the head. They will also experience cramping and excruciating pains in the head owing to uterine reflex symptoms. They are also likely to suffer a pressure type headache accompanied with a tender neck. The pain often spreads to the vertex, temples and the back of the head.
Cimicifuga is prepared from the roots of the black cohosh plant, which grows abundantly throughout North America. The roots are unearthed during autumn, cleaned, sliced and infused in alcohol to get the mother tincture.