The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce
Black Snake Root

Botanical Name: Cimicifuga racemosa

Common Names and Synonyms: Black Cohosh, Squaw Root

Background: Native to Canada and the United States, this herb grows as far south as Florida.  It grows to a height of 8 feet with deeply serrated leaves and is topped by cream-white spiked flowers.  The herb is  harvested in the fall after the fruits have ripened.  The plant's roots and rhizome should be cut lengthwise and dried.  Black snake root  is used to ease the pain of childbirth and menstrual cramps, and because it was used by the Indians, received the name Squaw Root.  It relaxes the female reproductive system and is used to relieve hot flashes during menopause.  Black snake root  is also used in the treatment of rheumatic pains, neuritis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.  In small doses, it improves digestion and appetite, while larger doses augment  the secretions of the intestines, kidneys, skin, and  mucoumembranes.

Black Snake Root in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce recommended black snake root as a digestive aid working especially with the stomach, liver and lacteal ducts.
  • Black snake root was prescribed in the following amounts:
      2 ounces 22 readings
      1 ounce 11 readings
      1/2 ounce 9 readings
      1/4 ounce 4 readings
  • Essence or extract of black snake root was also infrequently prescribed (1/4 ounce - 3 readings; 1/2 ounce - 1 reading).
  • Black snake root was always recommended with other substances in a compound, never by itself.  Although a wide diversity of  formulas were given, the most common substances mentioned in the same readings with black snake root were as follows:
      Yellow Dock 41 readings
      Tolu 39 readings
      Burdock Root 29 readings
      Elder Flower 28 readings
      Sarsaparilla  28 readings
      Wild Cherry 26 readings
      Buchu Leaves 22 readings
      Mandrake 16 readings
      Calisaya  14 readings
      Sassafras 9 readings
      Stillingia 9 readings
Cayce Quotes on Black Snake Root

    Then the essence of the black snake root is an active principle with the lacteal ducts that make for secretions in the system that stimulate a capillary circulation ...

... Black Snake Root 1/2 ounce - this being as an emit, and as an active force in gastric juices, in the combination with the others.


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