• atonic menstrual complaints
• partus preparator (controversial)
• menopausal hot flashes
• rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
• osteoarthritis (OA)
• muscle weakness
• Isoquinoline Alkaloids
• Triterpene Glycosides (Actein, Cimicifugoside, Cimiracemoside)
• Phenolic Acids (Cimiracemate, Ferulic Acid)
• Tincture (1:5 in 60% EtOH): 2-4 ml tid
• Liquid extract (1:1 in 90% EtOH): 0.3-1.8 ml tid
• Decoction (dried root): 1/2-1 tsp tid
Liver disease: Use with caution. Several case reports indicate it may cause drug-induced hepatitis in susceptible individuals. Monitor liver enzymes.
Pregnancy & lactation: Studies are lacking ans should be avoided. Historically it was used at the end of pregnancy to facilitate delivery but safety has not been established.
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