Uva-ursi clears heat and toxins, reduces inflammation, stimulates kidney activity, and curbs infec- tion. In the urinary tract arbutin, one of this herb's constituents, is converted to hydroquinine, which helps to alkalinize the urine, thereby inhibiting urinary tract infection. Uva-ursi also soothes and promotes the healing of urinary tissue.
Skullcap calms and strengthens the nerves, relaxes spasms, relieves pain, and promotes rest. It can help rebuild nerve sheaths. One of its constituents, scutellarin, is transformed in the body into scutellarein, which helps stimulate the brain to produce more endorphins.
Cinnamon has been traditionally taken as a warming herb for "cold" conditions, often in combination with ginger. The herb stimulates the circulation, especially to the fingers and toes. Cinnamon is also a traditional remedy for digestive problems, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea, as well as for aching muscles and other symptoms of viral conditions such as colds.
Corydalis is a Chinese remedy used at least since the 8th century to help "invigorate the blood" and relieve almost any painful condition. It is mainly used for menstrual cramps, and for chest and abdominal pain. Research in China has confirmed the validity of corydalis' traditional use, revealing that it contains powerful alkaloids that are … Continue reading Corydalis Benefits: Snapshot
I'm regularly asked if there are any herbs that will reduce the extreme discomfort of menstrual cramps. Formally known as Dysmenorrhea, menstrual cramps are possibly one of the top female complaints. Factors which may increase the pain experienced include anaemia, an increase in obesity, chronic illness, overwork, stress in general, diabetes, and poor nutrition (Hoffman, … Continue reading Menstrual Cramps: 3 Herbs to minimise the hurt
Often called “the female ginseng.” Though Dong Quai has no specific hormonal action, it exerts a regulating and normalising influence on hormonal production through its positive effect on the liver and endocrine system. It has a sweet and unusually thick, pungent taste and is warming and moistening to the body. Chinese Angelica is taken in … Continue reading Dong Quai Benefits: Snapshot
One of the few herbal medicines known to have a progesterone-type activity within the body, the chaste berry is specific for menstrual and perimenopausal problems. Vitex increases the production of progesterone, luteinizing hormones, and prolactin and inhibits the release of follicle stimulating hormone. It helps to reregulate the menstrual cycle for women coming off birth … Continue reading Chaste Berry Benefits: Snapshot