Red Raspberry Leaf
One of the best female herbals is Red Raspberry Leaf. This herbal strengthens and tones the uterine lining. If a woman has cysts, this will also dispose of the cysts. It relieves premenstrual syndrome, heavy bleeding, and less cramping during a period. It is great for any woman trying to conceive, those who have had miscarriages, during pregnancy and even after pregnancy.
This herbal is not an emmenagogue and will NOT cause uterine contractions nor does it promote labor! Please read the full Red Raspberry page here!
Dong Quai: . Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis root) is the noted Chinese herb that is used as a blood tonic. It contains micro-nutrients known for their blood building properties (iron, vitamin B12, and vitamin E). Dong Quai balances estrogen in the body, and is traditionally used in China to regulate the menstrual cycle. Dong Quai is also a blood thinner, and for this reason it should not be taken DURING menstruation. It may be helpful in improving the chances of implantation for women who have aus-himmune problems, but should not be taken if you are already taking "baby" aspirin to reduce blood clotting. Avoid during pregnancy. Also, avoid use when experiencing weak digestion accompanied by watery stools. As far as is now known, based on an extensive review of the literature and from traditional use, dang gui is not estrogenic, and thus safe to take it "Dang gui" is best known for its blood-tonifying and blood-strengthening properties. It vitalizes the blood and tonifies the uterus and female generative organs. It is used for anemia (in both men and women), amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and irregular menstruation, and in formulas for relieving the unpleasant symptoms associated with PMS and menopause. Dang gui is further used for general debility and circulatory problems, such as angina and coronary heart problems. It is one of the most widely used herbs in the world.
A small, fern-leafed aromatic plant from the parsley family native to China Dong Quai has a taste of SWEET, ACRID, BITTER and a temperature of WARM.
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) Black cohosh is commonly used for women's ailments, such as menopause disorders, PMS, dysmenorrhea, and to facilitate labor in the last 2 weeks of pregnancy (best to consult an herbalist before using). It is also a remedy for rheumatism, bronchitis, tinnitis, and hysteria and is a known muscle relaxant. In Chinese medicine it is used for organ prolapses, headaches, measles, and sore gums due to superficial heat. Other dose forms: as a tea, 1 cup 2 x daily, usually in combination with other herbs.Recently black cohosh has become popular as an OTC remedy for relieving hot flashes in natural remedies for menopause. Black Cohosh has a taste of SWEET, ACRID, BITTER and a temperature of COOL. For detailed information about TASTES and TEMPERATURES, choose the Main menu option: More Info About...Tastes/Temperatures. Effects:
Endocrine system, Reproductive system, Urinary system
cautions: Can cause such symptoms as dizziness, nausea, and headache in ensitive individuals, or with high doses; so it is recommended to start with a low dose and work up to a full dose after several days. Best to avoid during nursing and pregnancy
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Affects are: Immune system, Integumentary system, Liver. Avoid during pregnancy. A short-lived perennial in the Pea family with white-blotched 3-parted leaves with large pinkish red head containing numerous small rose purple pea-like flowers.
Red clover is a useful internal and external remedy for skin complaints such as psoriasis or eczema. It is also a good expectorant and is used for whooping cough, bronchitis, dry coughs, and laryngitis. Red clover is sometimes taken as an anticancer remedy. The herb is a component of the well-known formula, "Red Clover Compound," of which there are a number of variations that are commercially available. In addition to red clover, these formulas usually contain burdock root or seed, echinacea, sarsaparilla, and other "blood purifying" herbs.
This formula is often recommended by western herbalists as an adjunct to a comprehensive cancer preventative and treatment program. Red clover contains substantial amounts of the phytoestrogens, genistein and daidzein. These compounds, called isoflavones, regulate estrogen binding in the body. They can protect the body from heart disease, cancer, and bone loss, especially after menopause with declining estrogen levels. Along with other herbs like black cohosh, red clover extracts can also help reduce hot flashes associated with menopause.
Red Clover has a taste of SWEET, AROMATIC and a temperature of COOL.
False Unicorn Root
False Unicorn Root. (Helonias Root) False unicorn root is mainly known as a uterine tonic and is of value for leukorrea, menopause, and uterine prolapse. It is often an ingredient in formulas used to prevent miscarriage and to alleviate nausea during pregnancy, for which it is best to consult a qualified herbalist or health care practitioner before using. Contraindicated during pregnancy. The herb is sometimes taken for morning sickness and threatened miscarriage in small doses under the supervision of an experienced herbalist. Large doses may cause vomiting. Populations of this herb are declining; use
Effects: Reproductive system, Urinary system
Unicorn Root, False has a taste of ACRID, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of COOL. Now classified as an endangered species and should only be used as a last resort. It aids in regulating the ovaries and strengthening the lining of the womb. This herb should never be used once you become pregnant. This herbal can be used as an emmenagogue. For more information please
Maca- known as Lepidum Meyenil. This herbal is from the Rain forest of Peru. The Peruians use this to enhance their libido. This herbal strengthens the eggs in women, as well as helps the mans sperm quality. Do not take while pregnant.
Chaste Tree Berry (know as Vitex)
Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex agnus-castus) Affects Endocrine system, Reproductive system. Avoid if you are pregnant or are taking birth-control pills. Vitex, one of the best-known women's herbs, was recommended by Hippocrates in 450 B.C. and is still used today to help ease undesirable symptoms associated with menstrual imbalances, hormonal difficulties (PMS and menopause), and to increase the supply of mother's milk. It is also used for male teenage acne.
Back in the 17th century, herbalist Gerard wrote that the seeds and leaves helped with pain and inflammation of the uterus. The hormonelike substances found in the seeds help to correct female hormonal imbalances, such as those that can occur during menopause, premenstrual syndrome, or menstruation, and also help dissolve fibroids and cysts. German researchers suggest the berries increase production of luteinizing hormone and prolactin. Another study adds the increase of the hormone progesterone to the list. The seeds do stimulate mother’s milk flow as shown in a clinical study when 100 nursing mothers taking chaste seeds were compared to those who were not. Chaste berries can help regulate periods when there is excessive or too frequent bleeding. It also reestablishes normal ovulation after contraceptive pills have been used. In women without ovaries, chasteberry appears to lessen extremes of hormonal imbalance, perhaps through indirect effects on the endocrine system, liver and circulation. Women with PMS with significant depression should probably steer clear of chasteberry. Some research suggests that PMS with depression is caused by excess progesterone, and chasteberry is said to raise progesterone levels. Chasteberry may help some women trying to conceive if infertility is due to low progesterone levels. Most of the research has been done on a chaste berry extract called Agnolyt. When 53 women with excessive bleeding and short menstrual cycles were given this product, 65% showed improvement and about 47% were cured. Those over age 20 experienced the most improvements. Other studies with Agnolyt found the chaste berry helps control acne in both young women and young men. Do not take this if you don't have a hormonal imbalance, or irregular cycles. This does increase or encourages lactation. Do not take if you have PCOS.
Vitex has a taste of ACRID, BITTER and a temperature of WARM.
Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica) This is high in iron and calcium and is good for treating anemia as it strengthens the kidneys as well as building blood and enriches and thickens the uterine lining. This enables implantation of the fertilized egg to occur. However people who either suffer from high blood pressure or fibroids should not use this herb. This is an anti inflammatory herb.
Effects: Blood, Digestive system, Urinary system. Nettles, known to be rich in chlorophyll and minerals, are used for anemia and weak blood and have shown anti allergic properties in hay fever. The cool tea is taken for urinary problems, such as cystitis and gravel. Nettles increase the excretion of uric acid and are used internally or externally for arthritis and rheumatism. Nettles are slightly diuretic, cleansing, and hemostatic. The rhizomes are often recommended by herbalists in Europe to alleviate inflammation and swelling of the prostate gland and are blended with saw palmetto. The nettle greens are among the most nutritious foods known, containing a large portion of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and a complete protein. The powdered or fresh greens can be used as a tea or food to help build the blood in cases of blood deficiency with fatigue, or as a preventative; useful during pregnancy. After steaming, the stinging properties are completely destroyed.
Nettles has a taste of SALTY, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.
Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is also used for asthma, anxiety, depression, headache, and menstrual cycles (clotting, cramps). Over 150 herbs were tested for their ability to bind with estrogen and progesterone receptors in breast cancer cells and found that the damiana was among the six highest progesterones in binding herbs and spice. Damiana is widely promoted as a sexual stimulant. Stop taking as soon as you find out you're pregnant.
Effects: Reproductive system. Damiana is a widely-reputed aphrodisiac used in traditional medicine in Mexico, even though its effectiveness is not supported by science. Although regarded as a nervine, it is somewhat stimulating and is used for mild depression. In Germany damiana is said to relieve excess mental activity and nervous debility. It has also been used for anxiety with a strong sexual factor.
Damiana has a taste of SPICY and a temperature of WARM.
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Green tea is beneficial for the cardiovascular system, lowering cholesterol and preventing platelet clumping. It has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It also confers cancer prevention. It is used as a mouthwash to prevent plaque formation and tooth-decay. Green tea is antiviral and ulcer protective, as well as having the ability to lower blood glucose. The tea is drunk in many countries to help relieve diarrhea, reduce pain, and invigorate the mind and nervous system. It is the second most popular drink in the world, after water. Affects: Nervous system, Cardiovascular system
Not recommended for excessive or long-term use or for people who experience heart palpitations. If drinking the tea causes you to experience insomnia or anxiety, you can purchase both decaffeinated tea and standardized extract.
Green Tea has a taste of ASTRINGENT, AROMATIC and a temperature of WARM.
Revamped 9/7/2012 Adding more Herbs for women soon