In previous wisdom remedies articles, I have laid the groundwork for how these simple herbal preparations can be used somewhat differently to completely change patterns of thinking, beliefs or behavior. Black Cohosh, which is introduced and discussed below, is one such remedy. It is very helpful to certain types of people or anyone stuck in certain patterns. I hope you enjoy learning about what this wonderful herb has to offer.
While wisdom remedies are specific to changing patterns of thought and behavior or for helping release and break up old traumatic incidents, they are often used for physical complaints as well. Not infrequently, through the psychosomatic relationship, these wisdom remedies end up being cures for physical conditions, though the wisdom remedy did not cure anything, it merely changed a pattern of thought and belief. This is a timeless and highly valued art and science, respected and used in every age of the world as part of medicine…until very recently. Recently in the history of the world the mind was arbitrarily separated off from the body and the atomistic, mechanistic so-called science of modern medicine evolved.
Black cohosh is an herb that definitely is used with delight on both sides of this artificial pseudo-division. When Europeans began studying herbal medicine uses by the Native Americans, they found the herb was used widely for a long list of diverse applications. It is truly one of the most intricate, sophisticated medicines in the plant kingdom.
For physical application, it eases dull or general pain, eases nerve irritation pain, helps balance hormone levels within men and women, regenerates all mesodermal tissue, including neurological tissues and secreting cells. It is not particularly sedative, but it is stabilizing to the nervous system so it sometimes appears to have a sedative effect. It seems useful for every female problem imaginable. According to Dr. James Duke, it functions as well as prescription hormone replacement for reducing luteinizing hormone (LH) production in order to reduce symptoms of menopause.  It seems to have some anti-inflammatory properties, or may actually work as an alterative relative to inflammation, changing the inflammatory response in the body. It is used for all sorts of acute pain problems, bronchitis and inflammation-driven neurological symptoms. This may explain why Dr. Christopher used it in his famous epilepsy remedy for kids, called today Ear and Nerve.
Of course, there is a wonderful wisdom remedy application as well that may work as profoundly as any wisdom remedy ever discovered. Black cohosh is specific for depressed, artistic people and for anyone who seems to be beset with unexplained sadness and anxiety or who seems to attract sad or anxious situations into their lives. The herb begins to change who they are. It helps them to stop operating out on the edge of overstimulation. They begin to come back to center. They stop getting caught up in the dramatic conditions that continually keep them sad and anxious.
Almost anyone will go through some times of life when Black Cohosh is a good remedy to take. It will help shift them back to a reasonable center and it will shift the pattern of interpreting life. They find that they are no longer locked in their particular cage.
If I were using Black Cohosh tincture as a wisdom remedy, I might use 10 drops in a little water one time daily for several weeks or months until I noticed that I had changed. Wisdom remedies work without an edge, generally, so that the individual taking them gets better and believes it happened naturally. This is the best of medicine according to Taoist thinking.
I hope you have enjoyed this discussion and will read many more of my articles here!
Kal Sellers, MH
 Duke, Dr. James. The green pharmacy herbal handbook.