Black Cohosh Black Cohosh Cimicifuga racemosa Also known as: squaw root Source: fresh or dried roots. Actions: promotes menstrual flow, sedative, anti-rheumatic. Therapeutic uses: traditional Native American remedy for menstrual pain and menopausal hot flushes. Also used to ease arthritic and rheumatic pain due to inflammation and to treat high blood pressure, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), asthma and whooping cough. Read More