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Musculoskeletal - Arthritis cohosh comparison
Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) and blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) are both listed in various works for the treatment of rheumatism. Wade Boyle, N.D. described the differentiation between the two in a lecture at a national naturopathic conference last fall. Citing Eclectic and homeopathic sources and a case study, Boyle suggests that black cohosh is better for muscular rheumatism, with heavy, tensive, aching pain. Blue cohosh is better for rheumatism of the joints, with stiffness and erratic pains in the small joints.
See: Ellingwood, F. Materia Medica, Therapeutics, and Pharmacology
Lloyd, J; Felter, H King’s American Dispensatory
Scudder, J Specific Medication.
2001 Paul Bergner 261