Period pain, heavy periods
This tonic contains antispasmodics & uterine astringents to relieve pain & heavy periods. The tonic alleviates pain that precedes or accompanies menstruation & pain that coexists with heavy periods. This tonic treats both secondary dysmenorrhoea (when symptoms are attributable to an underlying disease or structural abnormality) or primary dysmenorrhoea (diagnosed when none of these are detected)
Angelica/Dang gui Angelica sinensis, Peony Paeonia lactiflora, Blue cohosh Caulophylum thalictroides, Cramp bark Viburnum opulus, Wild yam Dioscorea villosa, Wind flower Pulsatilla vulgaris, YarrowAchillea millefolium Jamaica Dogwood Piscidia erythrina Ginger Zingiber officinalis
Contains antispasmodics and uterine astringents to relieve pain and heavy periods
Dosage: 5mls 3 - 5 x daily in water or fruit juice. Shake well before use.
Dang gui Angelica sinensis – Dang gui us antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, sxpectorant, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. In TCM, Dang Gui is said to be swet, 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/harmonize 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. Cinnamon twig is added if menstrual pain is due to cold uterus. 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. This plant should not be prescribed for pregnant women.
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 alleviates 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 preserves 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) an dis used to treat menstrual dysfunction, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding. It is a very common herb for gynaecological 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. It should not be prescribed for pregnant women.
Cinnamon bark / Gui zhi Cinnamonum zeylanicum - Cinnamon is a antidiarrhoeal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, aromatic, astringent, anthelmintic, carminative, local stimulant, spasmolytic, orexigenic, refrigerant and a gentle warming and digestive tonic. It is indicated for dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea and diarrhoea. Cinnamon is predominantly used as a carminative addition to herbal prescriptions. It is used in flatulent dyspepsia, dyspepsia with nausea, intestinal colic and digestive atony associated with cold and debilitated conditions. It relieves nausea and vomiting, and, because of its mild astringency, it is particularly useful in infantile diarrhoea. It is frequently used in the treatment of candidia albicans overgrowth. Cinnamaldehyde is hypotensive and spasmolytic and increases peripheral blood flow. IN TCM cinnamon is called Gui Zhi. It is said to be pungent, sweet and warm and to enter the heart, lung and bladder meridians. It warms the clannels and alleviates cold. Cinnamon warms channels and disperse cold to alleviate wind-cold, painful joints, dysmenorrhoea. It unblocks Yang Qi in chest and is useful for palpitations. Gui Zhi is a tonic and "blood purifier".
Blue cohosh Caulophylum thalictroides – Blue cohosh is a uterine tonic, emmenagogue, anti-spasmodic, anti-rheumatic and diuretic. 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 ise as a partuds 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.
Yarrow Achillea millefolium - Yarrow is anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, odontalgic, stimulant, tonic, vasodilator, vulnerary and restorative and regulator for menstrual system. The essential oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and antispasmodic. It is indicated for fevers, common cold, essential hypertension, digestive complaints, loss of appetite, amenorrhoea, dysentery and diarrhoea. Yarrow lowers high blood pressure by dilating the peripheral vessels, and it also tones the blood vessels. It is considered to be a specific in thrombotic conditions associated with high blood pressure. The flavonoids help to dilate the peripheral arteries and are also believed to help clear blood clots. Specifically indicated in thrombotic conditions with hypertension, including cerebral and coronary thromboses. Yarrow has also been used in the treatment of heavy and painful periods, and the presence of steroidal constituents may help to explain this activity. It contains the flavonoid apigenin which is is anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic and anti-platelet and anti-cancer i.e. a natural aromatase inhibitor. It is specifically an Upper Respiratory Tract mucous membrane tonic. Yarrow is effective in treating all conditions affecting the Upper Respiratory Tract. The flowers are rich in chemicals that are converted by steam distillation into anti-allergenic compounds, of use in the treatment of allergic catarrhal problems such as hayfever. The dark blue essential oil, azulene, is generally used as an anti-inflammatory, or in chest rubs for colds and influenza.
Cramp Bark Viburnum opulus - Vib Op is spasmolytic, sedative, astringent, smooth and skeletal muscle relaxant, cardiac tonic, uterine relaxant and anti-inflammatory It is indicated for cramps, ovarian and uterine pains, spasmodic muscular cramp, uterine dysfunction, menopausal metrorrhagia, threatened miscarriage, partus preparator, infantile enuresis. Viburnum opulus is a specific remedy for visceral tensions. It helps to relax muscular tension and spasm and is primarily used in the treatment of muscular cramps and ovarian and uterine muscle problems. It relaxes the uterus and relieves the painful cramps associated with menstruation. It may also be used in threatened miscarriage. Its astringent action gives it a role in the treatment of excessive blood loss in periods and especially bleeding associated with the menopause. It may also be used to help quieten convulsive states in children. It relaxes the cardiovascular system in hypertension and eases constipation associated with tension. It also relieves migraine headaches.
Wild Yam Dioscorea villosa – Wild yam is anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, hepatic, cholagogue and diaphoretic. It is indicated for In herbal medicine Wild Yam is a remedy that can be used to relieve intestinal colic, to soothe diverticulitis, ease dysmenorrhoea and ovarian and uterine pains. It is of great use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, especially the acute phase where there is intense inflammation. This valuable herb was at one time the sole source of the chemicals that were used as the raw materials for contraceptive hormone manufacture which is now made from pregnant horses urine!
Wind Flower Anemone pulsatilla - Pulsatilla is a sedative, analgesic, bactericidal, central nervous system depressant, diaphoretic, diuretic, nervine, alterative, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, expectorant, ophthalmic, and sedative. It is taken internally in the treatment of pre-menstrual syndrome, inflammations of the reproductive organs, tension headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, hyperactivity, bacterial skin infections, septicaemia, spasmodic coughs in asthma, whooping cough and bronchitis. It is indicated for dysmenorrhoea with scanty menses, orchitis, ovaralgia, epididymitis, tension headache, hyperactive states, insomnia, boils, skin eruptions associated with bacterial infection. This herb is particularly applicable to women, and is of value in neuralgia, headache and nervous exhaustion, particularly premenstrually or during the menopause. It is a specific remedy for pain and inflammation of the reproductive system, especially when this is associated with poor flow. It alleviates menstrual cramps, especially when accompanied by anxiety or irritability. It will help insomnia and general over-activity. It is applicable to inflammation and infection of both male and female reproductive organs and tissues.
Jamaica Dogwood Piscidia erythrina - Jamaica dogwood is a nervine, anodyne and anti-spasmodic. Jamaican Dogwood is a powerful sedative, used in its West Indian homeland as a fish poison. Whilst not being poisonous to humans, the given dosage level should not be exceeded. It is a powerful remedy for the treatment of painful conditions such as neuralgia and migraine. It can also be used in the relief of ovarian and uterine pain. Its main use is perhaps in insomnia where this is due to nervous tension or pain. It is indicated for inflammatory fever of any character, and in inflammatory rheumatism. In violent spasmodic cough it produces relief, In phthisis it controls the night cough and induces restful sleep. It has been highly lauded as a specific in whooping cough. It can provide pain relief in acute intestinal colic, gall-stone colic and renal colic, It has been used to lessen labour pains. Facial neuralgia seems particularly amenable to the action of piscidia. Ovarian neuralgia and pains due to straining on the uterine ligaments in displacement and tumour, are relieved by this remedy. It seems to have a satisfactory influence on all pelvic pain. In obstetrics it controls erratic pains and conduces to quiet and rest, and overcomes rigidity by its specific relaxing or antispasmodic influence, although it does not interfere with the normal uterine contractions. In the distress following the adjustment of fractured bones or reduction of dislocations, it is especially useful and satisfactory.
Ginger Zingiber officinalis – Ginger is antiseptic, antiflatulent, antitussive, antiemetic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, adjuvant, 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.
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