Blue Cohosh | Caulophyllum Thalictroides

Other Names

Actée à Grappes Bleu, Blue Ginseng, Caulophylle, Caulophylle Faux-Pigamon, Caulophyllum, Caulophyllum thalictroides, Cohosh Azul, Cohosh Bleu, Graines à Chapelet, Léontice Faux-Pigamon, Papoose Root, Cohosh Azul, Squaw Root, Yellow Ginseng.


Blue Cohosh is an early spring perennial herb with yellowish and green flowers that mature into bright blue seeds, although bitter. It dwells in woodlands of the Midwestern and eastern United States, the Allegheny Mountains is a good environment for them. In Autumn, Blue Cohosh is covered with knotty rootstock and it is also used in medicine.


Quinolizidine alkaloids anagyrine, baptifoline,  N-methylcytisine, triterpene saponins

Collection period


Used Parts



  • Cramps,

  • Epilepsy,

  • Hiccups,

  • Hysterics,

  • Inflammation,

  • Joint conditions,

  • Labor pains,

  • Laxative,

  • Menopausal symptoms,

  • Menstrual cramps,

  • Sore throat,

  • Starting menstruation,

  • Stimulates the uterus,

  • Stops muscle spasms,

  • Treats colic,

  • Uterus pain,

  • Venous congestion,


Blue Cohosh is the traditional North American remedy and many tribes use it to ease cramping during labor. It is the go-to remedy for menstrual pains and uterine cramps. It is also used to help with water retention.


Blue Cohosh has been used to relieve uterine contractions, even labor pains. The seed has been used as a coffee substitute but has to be roasted well before it is brewed or consumed. The root is toxic, pregnant women and infants should be prohibited from using it.

Side Effects

The root is potentially toxic to people especially to pregnant women. The berries are poisonous to children when consumed raw, it is best to roast the seeds first, which has always been implemented as a coffee substitute. The root can also cause contact dermatitis. It could be toxic to infants and unborn babies resulting in stroke and aplastic anemia.


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