Grape Acid - Benefits, Dosage, Contraindications

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  1. Black Cohosh
  2. Source
    1. The plant was quickly adopted by European settlers and included in the American pharmacopoeia.
  3. Active Ingredients
  4. Benefits and virtues
    1. Relief from Menopause Disorders
    2. Relieves Premenstrual Syndrome
    3. Relieving Rheumatism and Arthritis
  5. Black Cohosh Dose
  6. Side effects and contraindications
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Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh is a medicinal plant, which grows in the plains of North America, was widely used already in the time of the Amerindians.

It is now found in many preparations used to combat menstrual and menopausal disorders - focus on this beneficial plant!

Grape Acid

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This vigorous herbaceous plant can grow up to two meters high and thrives in moist soil and shaded areas.

It grows mainly in North America (Canada and the United States).

Native Americans were the first to use it for medicinal purposes, to treat female conditions and to relieve pain related to childbirth.

They called it Rattlesnake Herb because of its granular capsules that produce a sound similar to that of a rattlesnake when the wind blows and shakes them.

The plant was quickly adopted by European settlers and included in the American pharmacopoeia.

In 1875, it was included in the Lydia Pinkham Vegetable Compound, a very popular remedy used to relieve premenstrual symptoms.

In the early 19th century, American medicine used it in gynecology, as well as to relieve arthritis and rheumatism.

The mid-20th century, German physicians used the Clustering Law as a natural hormone treatment for postmenopausal women.

Active Ingredients

Cohosh roots and rhizome are mainly used in phytotherapy.

The main active ingredients are triterpenic glycosides, fukinolic acid, tannins (isoflavones) and phenolcarboxylic acids.

For a long time it was thought that these active ingredients had a mechanism of action close to that of female hormones (estrogens), but recent studies reveal that another mechanism is in fact at work.

In fact, it is believed that the active ingredients of actea in cluster have an action closer to that of recent antidepressants (dopamine, serotonin, opiates).

Benefits and virtues

Relief from Menopause Disorders

Group acts have positive effects on most menopausal symptoms.
These disorders can be neurovegetative (hot flushes, sleep disorders, sweating...) or psychic (irritability, nervousness, mood disorders, anxiety, decreased libido...).


The Commission E, the European Medicines Agency and the WHO (World Health Organization) recognize the effectiveness of the grouping act against menopause symptoms.

There are several studies on the efficacy of cohosh extracts, but the most conclusive dates from 2006 and concludes that "black cohosh appears to be one of the most effective plants for the relief of vasomotor symptoms.

Relieves Premenstrual Syndrome

The act of pooling is also very effective in relieving painful periods by reducing the formation of clots and facilitating the evacuation of endometrial waste.

It also has an effective antispasmodic action. Other symptoms of PMS would also be alleviated by the Grouping Law: breast tension, irritability, and a swollen belly.

Relieving Rheumatism and Arthritis

The Law of the Grape is commonly used to relieve torticollis, neuralgia, rheumatic pains, tendinitis and muscular pains.

Amerindians and European settlers already used it in this way at that time.

Black Cohosh Dose

Grape Actin comes in several forms in which the dosage is different.

  • Standardized extract tablets, often 20 mg, containing 1 mg of active ingredient (deoxyacein, which belongs to the triterpenic glycosides). It is then recommended to take 1 or 2 tablets twice a day.
  • In the mother tincture (60%): 0.5 to 2 ml per day is recommended.
  • In the dry root and rhizome: up to 40 mg per day

It takes 4 to 6 weeks of treatment to feel the results, hence the importance of continuing the treatment assiduously even if there are no results in the first weeks.

Side effects and contraindications

Occasional side effects may include gastrointestinal discomfort, feeling of heaviness in the legs, headache, dizziness, weight gain or spasms.

In case of abnormal tiredness, jaundice or dark urine, it is advisable to stop the treatment and consult a doctor.

Liver toxicity has been suspected in several countries, but according to experts at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, no causal link has been established.

In 2010, an analysis of 69 cases of liver toxicity attributed to Cluster Acte concluded that none of these cases could be directly and solely caused by consumption of the plant.

Nor is its consumption recommended in cases of hypotension or bradycardia, as well as in cases of hypotensive treatment.

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