Female Tonic

Regulate hormones, enhance fertility, increase libido

Milk thistle Silybum marinarum, Blue cohosh Caulophylum thalictroidesChaste Tree Vitex agnus cactus, Damiana Turnera aphrodisiaca, Bupleurum Chai Hu 柴胡 Bupleurum falcatum, Dang gui Angelica sinensis, Peony / Bai shao Paeonia lactiflora, Ginger Zingiber officinalis, Liquorice Glycyrrhiza glabra, Peppermint / Bo He Mentha piperata

Traditional Indications

  • Irritability Stress
  • PMS / PMT
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Irregular periods
  • Low libido
  • Infertility
  • Leucorrhoea
  • Female fertility cleanse

This tincture contains a blend of herbs formulated to regulate ovulation, menstruation and balance hormones via their regulation of the hypothalamic pituitary ovarian axis These are combined with adaptogenic herbs to support adrenal function and improve energy and traditional aphrodisiac herbs to promote libido. The tincture acts as a general female tonic also and is not used exclusively to promote fertility but can also be taken when feeling under par. The tonic also contains an ancient Chinese herbal medicine formula called Xiao Yao San, (free & easy wanderer), a remedy for “liver Qi stasis”. It tonifies the Liver Blood and promotes Liver Qi to relieve Liver Qi stasis. Today, it is a commonly used Chinese herbal remedy for anxiety, irritability, stress, and depression due to the challenges of daily life or premenstrual tension.

Milk thistle Silybum marinarum – Milk thistle is astringent, bitter, cholagogue, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic, emmenagogue, galactogogue, hepatic, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. Milk thislet is the trophorestorative of the liver. Milk Thistle can be used to increase the secretion and flow of bile from the liver and gall bladder and contains constituents, which protect liver cells from chemical damage. Silymarin, an extract from the seed, acts on the membranes of the liver cells preventing the entry of virus toxins and other toxic compounds and thus preventing damage to the cells from toxic chemicals and medications. It is used internally in the treatment of liver and gall bladder diseases, jaundice, cirrhosis, hepatitis and poisoning. It is indicated in skin complaints associated with a sluggish liver. As a galactogogue it specifically stimulates the flow of breast milk. Milk thistle also lowers cholesterol levels, reducing insulin resistance and reduces the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical and prostate cancers. Regeneration of the liver is particularly important in the treatment of cancer since this disease is always characterised by a severely compromised and often partially destroyed liver.

Blue cohosh Caulophylum thalictroides – Blue cohosh is antispasmodic, antirheumatic, diuretic, emmenagogue and uterine tonic. It is an excellent uterine tonic that may be used in any situation where there is a weakness or loss of tone. It may be used at any time during pregnancy if there is a threat of miscarriage. Similarly, because of its anti-spasmodic action, it will ease false labour pains and dysmenorrhoea. However, when labour does ensue, the use of Blue Cohosh just before birth will help ensure an easy delivery, hence its traditional use as a partus preparatory. In all these cases it is a safe herb to use. As an emmenagogue it can be used to bring on a delayed or suppressed menstruation whilst ensuring that the pain that sometimes accompanies it is relieved.

Chaste Tree Vitex agnus cactus – Vitex is a uterine tonic dopaminergic, and prolactin inhibiting. Its primary function is to regulate hormone levels via the Hypothalamic Pituitary Ovarian /Gonadal (HPG) access. Increased levels of the hormone prolactin are often responsible for menstrual irregularities and premenstrual syndrome. Agnus-castus has been shown to inhibit its production and clinical trials have demonstrated that this can help regularise the menstrual cycle, improving PMS symptoms of breast tenderness, mood swings, fluid retention and headache. Vitex is used to treat acne with a hormonal cause. As a hormonal regulator it is specific for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). For women who are trying to get pregnant, vitex balances oestrogen and progesterone levels thereby regulating ovulation and increasing chance of conception. The berries are considered a tonic herb for both the male and female reproductive systems.

Damiana Turnera diffusa / T. aphrodisiaca Damiana is antidepressant, aphrodisiac, euphoric, mild diuretic, mild laxative, mild purgative, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, testosteromimetic, thymoleptic and urinary antiseptic. It is indicated for depression, nervous dyspepsia, atonic constipation, coital inadequacy, debility and lethargy. Specifically indicated in anxiety neurosis with a predominant sexual factor. Damiana is a valuable strengthening remedy for the nervous system. The alkaloids are thought to have a testosteronal effect. Testosterone increases libido in wome. Although considered to be a 'male' herb, it is valuable for women with debilitated conditions.

Chai Hu柴胡. / Thorowax Bupleurum falcatum - Bupleurum is an antioxidant, antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, immune stimulant, sedative and reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In TCM, Bupleurum is said to be bitter, pungent and cool and to enter the Gallbladder, Liver, Pericardium and San Jiao channels. Bupleurum clears less yang disorders such as fever, chills, bitter taste, irritable, vomiting, treats Liver Qi stagnation disorders such as vertigo, menstrual disorder, chest pain, bloating and tonifies spleen and stomach deficiency to treat disorders as prolapsed organs, diarrhoea and haemorrhoids. Bupleurum is used for fevers, flu, the common cold, cough, fatigue, headache, tinnitus, liver disorders, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), dysmenorrhoea, depression, anorexia, cancer, inflammation, lung congestion, malaria, angina, epilepsy, pain, muscle cramps, rheumatism, asthma, bronchitis, indigestion, ulcers, haemorrhoids, diarrhoea, constipation.

Dang Gui Angelica sinensis / Angelica archangelica– Dang gui is antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. In TCM, Dang Gui is said to be sweet, bitter, acrid and warm. It enters the Liver, Lung and Kidney meridians. It is said to tonify the blood and regulates menses due to blood deficiency, invigorate/harmonise blood to disperse cold and alleviate pain, moistens intestines to unblocks bowels and reduce swellings, expel pus and generate flesh. Dang Gui is used for loss of appetite, gastrointestinal spasms, feeling of fullness, and flatulence. It is also used as part of a multi-ingredient preparation for treating premature ejaculation. Dang gui is combined with liguisticum, peony, and foxglove roots to create the famous formulas for building the Blood - Si Wu Tang. This formula is basic to treating amenorrhoea (missed periods) and dysmenorrhoea. This formula is recommended in pregnancy as it is extensively used in China and Japan and has been monitored in many large-scale clinical trials with pregnant women. Angelica has a long folk-history of use as a medicinal herb, in particular for the treatment of digestive disorders and problems with blood circulation. It stimulates blood flow to the peripheral parts of the body and so is of value in treating poor circulation.

White Peony Root / Bai Shao Paeonia lactiflora – Peony is an alterative, analgesic, anodyne, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypotensive, nervine, tonic, women's complaints. In TCM Peony is bitter, sour and cool. It enters the liver and spleen meridians. It is said to nourish blood and regulates menses due to blood deficiency, calm liver Yang to alleviate pain from constrained liver Qi or disharmony between the Liver and the Spleen due to liver Yang rising, such as cramping and spasms (limbs and abdomen), abdominal pain from dysentery, headache and dizziness and preserve Yin by adjusting Ying & Wei levels and is used to treat vaginal discharge and spermatorrhoea.. The most important ingredient medicinally in the root is paeoniflorin, which has been shown to have a strong antispasmodic effect. It also reduces blood pressure, reduces body temperature caused by fever and protects against stress ulcers. It is taken internally in the treatment of menstrual disorders, injuries, high blood pressure, pre-menstrual tension and liver disorders. Peony regulates menstrual problems due to blood deficiency (pale, lustreless complexion and nails), menstrual dysfunction, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding, very common herb for gynecological disorders (Si Wu Tang / Four Substances Pills, which are used for treating impairment and deficiency of CHONG and REN channels, irregular menstruation, abdomen pain and pain around the navel, metrorrhagia and metrostaxis, blood mass with pain at time, threatened abortion during pregnancy, retention of vaginal discharge after childbirth, abdominal mass, muscular rigidity and pain of the lower abdomen, attacks of chills and fever at time.

Ginger root Zingiber officinalis – Ginger is antiseptic, antiflatulent, antitussive, antiemetic, antiinflammatory, adjuvant, diaphoretic, carminative, expectorant, peripheral circulatory stimulant, rubefacient, spasmolytic and sialagogue. It is indicated for poor circulation, chilblains and cramp and nausea. In feverish conditions Zingiber's diaphoretic action promotes perspiration. As a carminative it promotes gastric secretion and is used in the treatment of dyspepsia, flatulence and colic. It is also a useful remedy in diarrhoea where there is no inflammation or due to spleen Qi deficiency. It is stimulant to the gastro-intestinal tract, increasing peristalsis and the tone of the intestinal muscle. As an anti-emetic it can be used in cases morning sickness. It is also said to be useful for suppressed menstruation. Extracts of ginger stimulate the vasomotor and respiratory centres. Warming digestive tonic, this remedy will increase hydrochloric acid and improve iron absorption. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly. Ginger extracts have been shown to have both antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour effects on cells. Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavour, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells. Lab experiments showed that gingerols, the active phytonutrients in ginger, kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and autophagocytosis (self-digestion). In TCM fresh ginger is said to be pungent and warm. It enters the lung, spleen and stomach meridians. It is said to release the exterior and disperse cold in middle jiao and is indicated for vomiting. It is also said to disperse cold phlegm in lungs and is indicated for chronic and acute cough. Ginger reduces toxicity of other herbs and adjusts ying and wei Qi for sweating without improvement.

Liquorice Glycyrrhiza glabra– Liquorice is alterative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, laxative, pectoral and tonic. It is a very sweet, moist, soothing herb that detoxifies and protects the liver and is also powerfully anti-inflammatory, being used in conditions as varied as arthritis and mouth ulcers. The constituents, glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic acid, inhibit 11-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase . This inhibition blocks metabolism of inflammatory prostaglandins E and F2 alpha. Liquorice has also been shown to have a hormonal effect similar to the ovarian hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. Liquorice root is much used in cough medicines and also in the treatment of catarrhal infections of the urinary tract. It is taken internally in the treatment of Addison's disease, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, peptic ulcers, gastric and duodenal ulcers, arthritis, allergic complaints and following steroidal therapy. In TCM liquorice is said to be sweet, neutral and warm. It enters all 12 meridians but mainly the heart, lung, spleen and stomach meridians. Liquorice tonifies the Spleen & Stomach Qi and is used to treat digestive disorders, moisten the lungs and stops dry cough, tonifies the Heart Qi to regulates pulse, clears heat & toxic fire, alleviates pain, stops spasms, harmonise & moderates the characteristics of other herbs and is an antidote for toxicity. It should be used in moderation and should not be prescribed for pregnant women or people with high blood pressure, kidney disease or taking digoxin-based medication. Prolonged usage raises the blood pressure and causes water retention.

Peppermint / Bo He Mentha piperata - Peppermint is antispasmodic, antiemetic, aromatic, bitter, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, nervine and a peripheral vasodilator with a paradoxical cooling effect. It is indicated for intestinal colic, vomiting of pregnancy, flatulent dyspepsia, biliary disorders, common cold and dysmenorrhoea. Peppermint is specifically indicated in flatulent digestive pains, Mentha has a notable action on the lower bowel. It reduces nausea and is helpful in travel sickness. It promotes sweating in fevers and influenza. As a nervine it acts as a tonic, easing anxiety, tension and hysteria. In dysmenorrhoea it relieves the pain and associated tension. The pharmacological actions of Mentha are largely due to the volatile oil, which is carminative and a potent spasmolytic, acting locally to produce visceral muscle relaxation. The volatile oil acts as a mild anaesthetic to the mucous membrane of the stomach, relieving nausea and the desire to vomit. It reduces the tone of the cardiac sphincter and relaxes the gastro-oesophageal sphincter, allowing expulsion of air in flatulent dyspepsia. It relieves colonic spasm and bowel irritability and is specific for IBS. Chronic disease of the pancreas also responds well to peppermint, as do abnormal fermentation processes in the intestine, for example, when the bowel flora is abnormal. Menthol is bactericidal and antiparasitic. Dissolved in alcohol, it is effective against ringworm and other fungal infestations. It is also four times as powerful an antiseptic as phenol. The flavonoids contribute to the spasmolytic activity, and flavonoids and phenolic acids to the choleretic activity. In TCM Peppermint is pungent, aromatic and cool. It enters the Lung and Liver meridian. It is said to expel wind-heat to treat fever, headache, and cough, clears head and eyes and aids throat, sore throat, red eyes, headache, clears rashes and moves Liver Qi stagnation to alleviate emotional, gynaecological disorders.

Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures

Not all herbal tinctures are equal. Our Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures are 1:1 where possible or 1:2 strength only where 1:1 strength is unavailable, This means they are 1 part herb in 1 part liquid or 2 parts liquid respectively, as opposed to other herbs on the Irish and UK market which are either 1:3 or 1:5 which is 1 part herb to 3 parts liquid or 5 parts liquid respectively. This means Carahealth tinctures at least 3-5 times greater in strength therefore effectiveness.

All tinctures are supplied in a one month supply only consisting of 2 x 200 ml bottles (400 ml total). Again your purchase will last one month when taken at the therapeutic dose of 7 1/2 ml 2 x day or if preferred 5 ml 3 x day in a little water before meals (or after meals if you have a sensitive stomach).

Quality Control

The herbs prescribed are organic, biodynamic or wild crafted where humanly possible. Endangered species are not used.

Our herbs comply with current Good manufacturing Practice (cGMP). At various stages during the process, manufacturing and distribution, samples are taken for validation and verification in the manufacturer’s laboratory to ensure standard levels of active constituents are present in every batch. These tests involve standard pharmacopoeia testing, such as:

  • Analytical chromatography including Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)
  • Gas Chromatography (GC)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Herbs are also tested for

  • Microbial levels
  • Foreign matter
  • Total and acid insoluble ash
  • Loss on drying
  • Ethanol soluble extractive and insoluble residues
  • Water soluble extractive
  • Alcohol estimation
  • Swelling index
  • Large number of other specialist Pharmacopoeia monograph assays and tests
  • Pesticides/heavy metals

Ethanol used in production of Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures

The ethanol high grade (pharmaceutical quality) ethanol distilled from French sugar beet, is guaranteed gluten free and complies with the full requirements of the British and European Pharmacopoeia for residue levels.

Water used in manufacture

Public mains water is not used. Only highly filtered water which is piped from deep underground, or pharmaceutical grade purified water is used. Every single batch of every product leaving us is tested for conformity to European Pharmacopoeia microbiological limits.

Drug/herb interactions

The Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tincture range has been formulated to have no negative drug/herb interactions. If you are on medication, pregnant or breastfeeding, Carahealth recommend getting expert naturopathic advice on herbal contraindications and drug/herb interactions by booking a Skype consult.

Carahealth accept no responsibility if you self-prescribe my herbs whilst taking medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding (although Carahealth Partus Prep and Carahealth Birth Aid can be self-prescribed as they are specific for pregnancy).

Expectations

The general rule is for every year you have had a condition, a month of treatment is required. If you are on the correct prescription you should notice an improvement within the first 2 weeks and then expect slow and steady improvement the longer you are on the herbs.

Carahealth Dispensary

Herbs are dispensed in HDPE plastic bottles. Plastic bottles are used to prevent breakages and reduce weight for postage. HDPE is number 2 in the triangle and considered to be a stable, non leaching and hence safe plastic. The bottles are widely recyclable. Carahealth Herbal Tinctures are mixed personally and professionally by our triple degree qualified CAM practitioner with 19 years clinical experience, Carina Harkin.

Special orders

For children's doses, for a tailor-made remedy or if you would like to mix and match your 2 bottle order contact our Naturopathic Consultant Carahealth can supply virtually any herbal tincture you require. Carina can make a herbal tincture specifically for you that is safe in pregnancy, breastfeeding or if you are on medication. Or perhaps you are not on medication but would like to book a Skype Consult to ensure your self-prescription is correct and would like advice on diet, lifestyle and supplements.

Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.

Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.

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