Blue Cohosh


💊 Chemical information

Caulófilo; Caulophyllum; Papoose Root; Squaw Root.
NOTE. Distinguish from Black Cohosh, which is Cimicifuga.

💊 Profile

Blue cohosh, the rhizome and roots of Caulophyllum thalictroides (Berberidaceae), has uterotonic and antirheumatic properties. It is used for menstrual and other gynaecological disorders.


Blue cohosh has been used in homoeopathic medicines under the following names: Caulophyllum; Caulophyllum thalictroides; Caulph.

Adverse effects.

Acute myocardial infarction associated with profound congestive heart failure and shock has been reported in a newborn infant whose mother ingested blue cohosh to promote uterine contractions.1
1. Jones TK, Lawson BM. Profound neonatal congestive heart failure caused by maternal consumption of blue cohosh herbal medication. J Pediatr 1998; 132: 550–2.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Multi-ingredient: Austral.: Dyzco; Lifesystem Herbal Formula 4 Women’s Formula†; Women’s Formula Herbal Formula 3†.
Published January 21, 2019.