Lydia Pinkham's Herbal Compound
Ingredients and Warnings
I strongly advise you to consult your doctor before using a dietary supplement that could be harmful while you are trying to conceive.
I have no medical training and I cannot advise you in this. Please keep in mind that "natural" and "herbal" are not the same as "safe" (marijuana is natural and herbal!)
Many of the ingredients below (including Blach Cohosh and Gentian) have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, and purity, and there are no manufacturing standards in place for these substances.
You can view the manufacturer's list of ingredients and benefits at NuMark Laboratories
, but their explanation is brief and offers only vague benefits like "a general mild tonic effect" or a "restorative effect". Below is some information about each ingredient that I found on the Web.
- Motherwort (Leonurus Cardiaca)
- Uses: Easing menstrual discomfort (hence the name), a digestive aid, nerve tonic, and treatment for endometriosis. May have an estrogen-like effect, relieving menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes caused by lowered estrogen.
Warnings: May be dangerous for women with or at risk for breast cancer, cancer of the
uterus, or other cancers that grow in response to female hormones.
WebMD: Some Herbs Can Mimic Estrogen
- Gentian (Gentiana Lutea)
Uses: Improves apetite and digestion. Gentian violet, placed in the vagina, was once used to treat vaginal yeast infections.
Warnings: May be harmful if you have a stomach disorder, stomach ulcers, or high blood pressure.
- Jamaican Dogwood (Piscidia Erythrina)
- Uses: A sedative used to treat insomnia, nervous excitement, and migraine.
- Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga Racemosa)
- Uses: To reduce menopause and menstrual discomfort, and may even be useful as an alternative to HRT (hormone replacement therapy) in menopause. Also used for rheumatism, cough, high cholesterol levels, and hardening of the arteries. A diuretic. Rather disturbingly, black cohosh is recommended by one Web site to end pregnancy.
Warnings: There are strong cautions regarding taking black cohosh, especially to those who may become pregnant. It is has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, and it is not known if it may harm an unborn baby. It has been reported to cause uterine stimulation, which can induce miscarriage. Do not take black cohosh if you have breast cancer.
WebMD: Black Cohosh
Sister Zeus: Black Cohosh for Herbal Abortion
- Pleurisy Root (Asclepias Tuberosa)
- Uses: Treatment for respiratory infections including pneumonia, pleurisy, influenza and bronchitis. Reduces inflammation, promotes moderate perspiration and aids expectoration.
- Licorice (Glycyrrhiza)
- Uses: Remedy for coughs and sore throats, peptic ulcers, and commonly used as a flavoring. May be estrogenic (useful for menopausal symptoms).
- Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)
Uses: Stimulates digestion and has a diuretic and mild laxative effect. Rich in vitamins and minerals, and sometimes used in salads and teas.
Warnings: Do not use if you have gallstones or obstruction of the bile ducts, ulcers, diabetes, or gastritis. Rarely, an allergic reaction can occur.
Fry's Food: Dandelion,
- Other Ingredients
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), 60 mg per 3 tablespoons
- Vitamin E (Dl-Alpha Tocopherol) 30 IU per 3 tablespoons
- 10% Ethyl Alcohol, as a solvent and preservative