Monograph: Black Cohosh

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This monograph is intended to serve as a guide to industry for the preparation of Product Licence Applications (PLA) and labels for natural health product market authorization. It is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the medicinal ingredient. It is a referenced document to be used as a labelling standard. Note: Text in parentheses is additional optional information which can be included on the PLA and product labels at the applicant's discretion.Claims for traditional use must include the term "Herbal Medicine".
Date: 2018-08-28

NHPID name

Actaea racemosa ( Germplasm Resources Information Network Taxonomy )

Proper name(s)

Actaea racemosa ( Unavailable )

Common name(s)

Source material

Route Of administration


Dosage form(s)

Use(s) or purpose(s)

Statement(s) to the effect of:




40 - 2400 Milligrams per day, dried root and rhizome

See Appendix 1 for examples of appropriate dosage preparations and frequencies of use, according to cited references. The purpose of Appendix 1 is to provide guidance to industry.

Duration of use

No statement is required

Risk information

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Caution(s) and Warning(s): Contraindication(s): Do not use this product if you are pregnant.  (Brinker 2010, Hoffmann 2003, Tilgner 1999) Known Adverse Reaction(s): No statement is required

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural health products ingredients database and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.


References cited

References reviewed

Appendix 1: Examples of appropriate dosage preparations, frequencies of use and directions for use

Dried root and rhizome:


40 to 200 mg dried root and rhizome per day (Bradley 1992)

Fluid extract:


Dried aqueous or ethanolic extract: