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Five Week Formula: Preparation for Childbirth
5-W formula is for use in the last five weeks of pregnancy. It tones and calms the uterus, rids the body of excess water, calms the nerves, and eases pain. The primary benefit of this formula is that it helps to make labor easier and on time. In addition to preparing for childbirth, 5- W has been known to help with menstrual disorders, morning sickness and hot flashes. The herbs included in this formula are as follows:
Black cohosh root is a nervine and hormonal herb. It has an estrogenic effect because it contains compounds which mimic the effects of estrogen. As a result of this quality, it is contraindicated in the early stages of pregnancy because it can bring on premature labor. However, during the last five weeks of pregnancy it is helpful in ensuring timely labor.
Its bitter compounds have a nervine effect which relieves spastic muscles, dilates peripheral blood vessels and helps reduce blood pressure. These actions help tone the uterus before pregnancy and aid the uterus and other muscles during child birth. The anti-cramping effect of black cohosh may help to reduce pain during delivery and help shorten labor time.
Squaw vine herb is a Native American women used this herb extensively for irregular menstruation and to prepare the uterus for childbirth. It has been used to help speed up delivery and encourage regular contractions. It also has an antispasmodic action.
Dong quai root has diuretic and anti-inflammatory effect and is excellent for treating swelling and soreness prior to child birth. During birth it eases smooth muscle contractions and gives a general sedative effect. Dong quai is considered a blood building tonic in Chinese medicine. It is high in iron, magnesium and niacin which may account for some of its benefits in helping pregnancy.
This Chinese herb is sometimes referred to as a female ginseng because of its many useful properties as a tonic for the female reproductive system. It is aromatic, uterine and liver tonic, estrogenic, antispasmodic and alterative. In addition to being a female corrective, dong quai has been used to protect the liver from harmful chemicals. It both contracts and relaxes the uterine muscle which is certainly beneficial in preparing for labor. It also helps protect the fetus. It is used extensively in China as a postpartum tonic.
Butcher's broom root is used for hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and thrombosis. In addition, it is a diuretic, anti-inflammatory and improves circulation. This herb contains pseudo steroidal saponins which cause blood vessels to constrict and blood to thin. This herb is important because women often have circulatory problems, such as varicose veins, during the final months of pregnancy.
Red raspberry leaves is an old friend is familiar for treating childhood diarrhea, vomiting and the flu. It is used for the similar purposes of relieving nausea in childbirth, as well as toning the uterus, preventing spotting and reducing pain in childbirth. It is probably one of the most important herbs a woman can take during pregnancy. Since it is only a minor ingredient in this formula, it may be wise for pregnant women to consider taking extra red raspberry capsules or drinking red raspberry tea in addition to taking this formula.
Dosage: Pregnant women should take two capsules three times daily during the last five weeks of pregnancy. This formula works in a manner that helps to bring on labor and make the labor process easier. Some midwives believe that the use of black cohosh may increase bleeding during childbirth. If you have a tendency for heavy bleeding, you may want to avoid taking 5-W.
5-W (100 capsules)