Traditionally used to facilitate childbirth
Black Cohosh Cimicifuga racemosa BlueCohosh Caulophyllum thalictrides Motherwort Leonurus cardiacaSquaw vine Mitchella repens Wild Yam Dioscorea villosa Jamaica Dogwood Piscidia erythrina
Contains uterine tonics to aid the contraction of the womb, combined with uterine astringents to prevent excessive blood loss and antispasmodics and anodynes to alleviate pain
Carahealth Birth Aid
This mix contains a blend of herbs traditionally specifically indicated for the facilitation of parturition. The herbs promote the blood flow to the uterus increase, uterine tone and strength and make the contractions stronger, regular and more effective. The mix is designed to promote an easier labour by aiding contraction of the womb during childbirth whilst relaxing the mother’s nerves. The herbs are also uterine astringents, which are used to prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth.
Black CohoshCimicifuga racemosa – Black cohosh is an alterative, antidote, antiinflammatory, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, birthing aid, cardiotonic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypnotic, hypoglycaemic, sedative, tonic, vasodilator and used for women's complaints. Black cohosh is a traditional remedy of the North American Indians where it was used mainly to treat women's problems, especially painful periods and problems associated with the menopause. A popular and widely used herbal remedy, it is effective in the treatment of a range of diseases. The medically active ingredients are not soluble in water so a tincture of the root is normally used. It is used in the treatment of rheumatism, as a sedative and an emmenagogue. It is traditionally important in the treatment of women's complaints, acting specifically on the uterus it eases uterine cramps and has been used to help in childbirth. Research has shown that the root has oestrogenic activity and is thought to reduce levels of pituitary luteinizing hormone, thereby decreasing the ovaries production of progesterone. It maybe used beneficially in cases of painful or delayed menstruation. The root is also hypoglycaemic, sedative and anti-inflammatory. Used in conjunction with St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) it is 78% effective in treating hot flushes and other menopausal problems. An extract of the root has been shown to strengthen the male reproductive organ in rats. The root contains salicylic acid, which makes it of value in the treatment of various rheumatic problems - it is particularly effective in the acute stage of rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica and chorea. Its sedative action makes it useful for treating a range of other complaints including tinnitus and high blood pressure. Black cohosh is is especially specific for treating menstrual problems associated with hypothyroidism. It's a popular treatment for peri-menopausal women, treats symptoms of PMS and may help with infertility. It is specifically a uterine tonic and eases uterine cramps and has been used to help in childbirth.
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 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.
Motherwort /Lions tail Leonurus cardiaca - Motherwort is astringent, antispasmodic birthing aid, emmenagogue, sedative, nervine, mildly hypotensive, cardiac tonic, gentle uterine stimulant, mild stimulant to the womb, relaxant, carminative, diaphoretic. Motherwort is especially valuable in the treatment of female weaknesses and disorders, allaying nervous irritability, inducing quiet and passivity of the whole nervous system. It is indicated for cardiac debility, tachycardia and amenorrhoea. Leonurus is an excellent heart tonic, and research has shown that it calms palpitations, tachycardia and irregular heartbeats. It is a specific remedy for tachycardia caused by anxiety, and may be used in all heart conditions associated with anxiety and tension. The alkaloid leonurine produces central nervous depressant and hypotensive effect. The glycosides have a short-term ability to lower blood pressure. Leonurus is valuable in the stimulation of suppressed or delayed menstruation, and to ease dysmenorrhoea, especially where there is anxiety or tension involved. It may be used to ease false labour pains, and the infusion, taken after childbirth, will help restore the uterus and reduce the risk of post-partum bleeding. The alkaloids encourage and ease uterine contractions. It is also helpful during the menopause. It should not be prescribed in the earlier stages of pregnancy or where periods are heavy. The infusion or diluted tincture may be used as a douche for vaginal infections and discharges. Other indications include diarrhoea. In Germany the plant is used as an adjuvant in treatment of an overactive thyroid gland.
Squaw Vine Mitchella repens - Squaw vine is primarily a partus preparator, uterine relaxant, anti-dysmenorrhoeic, emmenagogue, astringent, nervous tonic and restorative. It is indicated for dysmenorrhoea, pregnancy, catarrhal colitis. Specifically indicated for the facilitation of parturition. Mitchella is reputed to promote an easy labour by aiding contraction of the womb during childbirth. It is also recommended for dysmenorrhoea and other painful conditions of the female reproductive tract. It also has a calming effect on the nervous system and, in addition, improves the digestion. It may be used in nervous exhaustion, irritability or debility in either sex, especially when symptoms involve the reproductive system.
Wild Yam Dioscorea villosa – Wild yam is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cholagogue, contraceptive, diaphoretic and vasodilator. Wild yam roots, and the roots of many other members of the genus, contains diosgenin. This is widely used in modern medicine in order to manufacture progesterone and other steroid drugs. These are used as contraceptives and in the treatment of various disorders of the genital organs as well as in a host of other diseases such as asthma and arthritis. This plant affords one of the best and fastest cures for bilious colic, it is especially helpful in treating the nausea of pregnant women and has been used to ease the pain of childbirth. It is also taken internally in the treatment of arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, gall bladder complaints, intestinal colic, to soothe diverticulitis, ease dysmenorrhoea and ovarian and uterine pains. etc. It is of great use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, especially the acute phase where there is intense inflammation.
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.
Purchasing and additional information
All herbs are 40 euro per bottle except for Carahealth Memory, Carahealth Antiageing, Carahealth Immune, Carahealth Male, Carahealth Adapt and Carahealth Anticancer, Carahealth Chemotherapy support and Carahealth Partus Prep which are 45 euro. Herbs are sold in a miniumum of 2 bottles at a time or one month supply (this can be a combination of 2 different tonics such as a Partus Prep and Birth Aid). This is because you will need a minimum of one month to see a real effect in chronic conditions, although if the herbal tonic is right for you, you should expect to see some improvement of your condition within the 2 weeks. Postage and packaging is 10 euro for 2 bottles to Ireland and UK. Contact me for postage rates to other countries. As a rough guide, I say for every year you have had a condition you need a month of treatment. The shop is in the process of being built, meanwhile, please email me your order and I will send you an invoice via PayPal. Herbs are posted on receipt of payment and delivery is 3-5 days.
All herbal tinctures come in 200ml bottles, taken at either 5ml 3 x day or 7 1/2 ml 2 x day. One bottle taken at this therapeutic dose will last 2 weeks. All herbs are either 1 in 1s or 1 in 2s meaning they are 1 part herb in 1 or 2 parts liquid respectively, as opposed to other herbs on the Irish and UK market which are either 1 in 3s or 1 in 5s. Therefore my tinctures are at least 2 x greater in strength and effectiveness. They are also organic or wildcrafted where available and I do not use endangered species.
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