|Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) – Used traditionally by Eclectic physicians for myalgia, neuralgia and female reproductive system imbalances |
such as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, ovarian pain and hormone imbalances because of its tonic effect on the uterus. Black Cohosh has also been
used for rheumatic conditions, premenstrual syndrome and as a nerve sedative.
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) – Has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years as a tonic for the female reproductive system for support with
menstrual disorders, PMS, menopausal symptoms and uterine cramps. It has also been used by the Chinese to strengthen the Heart, Lung and Liver
meridians, to lubricate the bowels, to harmonize the Blood in treating congealed blood conditions and with defcient blood patterns.
Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) – Traditional western herbal medicine has used this herb for conditions related to female hormone imbalances like
dysmenorrhea, ovarian and uterine pain, menstrual cramps, nausea in pregnant women and postpartum pain. Other traditional uses include all forms
of colic, gastrointestinal irritation and spasm including diverticultis and cholecystitis.
Damiana (Turnera aphrodisiaca) – Has been used traditionally in Mexico and South America to strengthen the reproductive organs, helping with
menopause in reducing hot fashes and to balance out hormones. As implied in the Latin name, aphrodisiaca, it also was used to assist with sexual
impotence, frigidity and infertility.
Squaw Vine (Mitchella repens) – Also known as Partridgeberry, it has been used by American Indians to treat many conditions related to pregnancy
and the female reproductive system. Those conditions include easing childbirth, strengthening the uterus, stimulating and regulating contractions in
birthing and with uterine troubles, as in painful menstruation and threat of miscarriage.
False Unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum) – Eclectic physicians valued the root to be a uterine tonic supporting and toning the female reproductive or-
gans, uterine prolapse, anemia associated with reproductive problems, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, ovarian pain, morning sickness and threatened
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) – Traditionally used in Western herbal medicine for uterine pain, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, irregular men-
struation, false labor pain, reducing uterine infammation, painful menstruation and to regulate the menstrual cycle.
Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus) – In 17th century the famous Elizabethan herbalist Nicolas Culpepper used Blessed Thistle for headaches
in menopausal diffculties and female complaints. It was also used traditionally to assist with cramps, painful menstruation and to balance female
Cayenne (Capsicum annum) – The name Capsicum comes from the Greek word “to bite” because it is described as the plant that bites back. Known
for its stimulating properties, Cayenne has been used extensively by herbalists as a catalyst for many herbal formulas. Cayenne’s traditional uses
range from stimulating the fow of digestive secretions and peristalsis to healing an ulcerated stomach, stimulating circulation to all areas of the body.
It has been used to arrest hemorrhage and it may thin mucus, allowing the body to expel toxins more easily.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) – Used by traditional western herbalists to assist with acute or chronic infammation of mucous membranes
throughout the body. It was also used traditionally for excessive menstrual bleeding, postpartum hemorrhage, submucosal fbroids, dysmenorrhea
and hemorrhagic endometriosis.
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) – Has been used traditionally for its strong astringent action in stopping internal and external bleeding as with exces-
sive menstruation, hemorrhoids and hemorrhages from the lungs, stomach, nose, uterus, kidneys and rectum.
Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) – Known and used by herbalists for its astringent properties, being an effective blood coagulant to
control bleeding. Other traditional use includes excessive bleeding like menorrhagia, uterine hemorrhage, hemorrhoids. Also used for diarrhea and
to regulate blood pressure.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) – Traditional therapeutic uses include the soothing of the mucous membranes of the urinary, respiratory and digestive
tracts. Other traditional uses include gastric and duodenal ulcers, chronic gastritis, adrenocortical insuffciency and upper respiratory disease.
Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) – Blue Vervain has been favored among herbalists for its beneft to the nervous system. Traditionally it has been
administered for its calming and relaxing effect on the body to help break down obstructions and it may stimulate the effect to help expel waste from
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) – Traditionally this species of Ginseng has been used for its adaptogenic properties, assisting the
body, when under stress, with conditions associated with exhaustion and fatigue. It has also been used by herbalists to treat nervous disorders, and
to improve appetite and sleep in those affected by chronic anxiety.
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