Traditional Research | Uterine Tonic Compound

Chaste Tree berry (Vitex agnus-castis)*

The pungent fruit of a native European shrub. Long used in Europe for women’s reproductive problems, recent research has confirmed this herb’s ability to help reduce menstrual and menopausal symptoms. It also acts as a carminative, galactagogue and may help to control adolescent acne.

Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis)*

One of the most frequently used herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dong Quai improves circulation, reduces angina pain, acts as a mild anti-hepatotoxic agent and improves bowel function.

Saw Palmetto berry (Serenoa repens)*

Has gotten a reputation as a “prostate herb”, but its effects are much broader. It is an immune modulator, an adaptogen and a urinary tonic. It also improves the function of both the male and female reproductive systems.

Chinese Peony root (Paeonia lactiflora)*

Acts as a sedative, antispasmodic and nervine. It stops spasms and pain especially in the abdomen, is helpful for headaches and resolves night sweats caused by deficient yin patterns.

Shepherd’s Purse herb (Capsella bursa-pastoris)*

Helps to control bleeding such as hemoptysis and hematuria. It is also used for urinary irritation and infections, especially with blood or pus in the urine.

Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum cassia)*

This fragrant spice is commonly used as a food, but it is also an excellent medicine. It increases perpheral circulation and acts as a warming digestive aid. Cinnamon also increases utilization of endogenous insulin for use in insulin resistance and type II diabetes. It is one of two ingredients in Ellingwood’s Compound (along with Canada Fleabane) which is an effective anti-hemorrhage medication.

Cyperus tuber (Cyperus rotundus)*

A common weed throughout the world, the tubers are carminative, antispasmodic, antiemetic and anodyne. They are useful for gastric, ovarian, uterine, testicular and interstitial pain.


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.