5W The herbs used in this combination are Black Cohosh, Butcher's Broom, Dong Quai, Red Raspberry, and Squawvine.
Black Cohosh has historically been used for many types of female problems. These problems include amenorrhea, menopausal symptoms, depression, and hot flashes. It has also been used for centuries for difficult pregnancies and childbirth. Black Cohosh has estrogen like properties. It also reduces inflammation and pain. The tannic acids in Black Cohosh act as a diuretic and expectorant.
Butcher's Broom acts on veins to reduce the permeability of the capillaries and varicose veins. It also helps to reduce water retention in the legs and ankles. These actions help to treat circulatory problems, bruising, edema, hemorrhoids, and phlebitis.
Dong Quai has pain relieving qualities as well as laxative, sedative, and antibacterial qualities. Dong Quai has been used to help promote blood flow to the female reproductive organs. It also helps to regulate contractions of the uterus. Dong Quai has been historically used to treat PMS, anemia, and postpartum healing.
Red Raspberry contains iron, manganese, and pantothenic acid.. It also contains calcium, selenium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, and vitamin C. It also contains flavonoids that help prevent morning sickness and cramps. It helps reduce bleeding, swelling, and promotes tissue repair. It also helps to promote the production of the mother's milk.
Squawvine has tannic acids that provide astringent action that helps stop bleeding. It also calms nerves, helps to reduce inflamed tissues, and muscle spasms. Squawvine has historically been used to treat varicose veins, colitis, depression, edema, and diarrhea. Squawvine got its name because the American Indians have a long history of using this herb to treat many female problems.
The information contained in this page lists historical uses of herbs and is for educational purposes only. This information should not be used to diagnose and treat diseases. If you have a serious health problem, consult your doctor or professional health practicioner.
****Please note*****my personal opinion is that Dong quai and cohoshes are not safe to take during pregancy. I certainly wouldn't take this 5W formula or anything else as a "labor prep" or to self-induce.
I think drinking RRL tea does have benefits though, your friend might enjoy drinking RRL tea.
Here is a wonderful article on induction. It's long but worth the read. http://www.mothering.com/11-0-0/html...ecide105.shtml
And what the article says about herbals,
"Uterine-stimulating herbs, such as black cohosh (Caulophyllum), blue cohosh (Cimificugua), achyranthes root, goldenseal, motherwort, wild ginger, and red raspberry leaf, have been used to induce labor. No long-term follow-up study has ever been carried out to show that the use of herbal remedies is safe for inducing labor. All drugs, including medicinal herbs, reach the baby, and any dosage that has an effect on the mother is going to have an overdosing effect on the baby simply because the mother's body weight is about 20 times greater. A pregnant woman, therefore, should never self-prescribe any medicinal herb. Anyone who must be induced for a medical reason, and who wishes to use alternative induction methods, should be guided by a knowledgeable herbalist, acupuncturist, or aromatherapist. "
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