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Case Study: Blood-Moving Formula

Relieve pain from cramps
By Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac., A.H.G.
May/June 1999
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Makes 2 to 3 ounces

Using premade tinctures makes this recipe a snap.

• 1 ounce black cohosh tincture
• 1 ounce dong quai tincture
• Orange peel and licorice tinctures to taste

For pain, add:

• 1/2 ounce California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) tincture
• 1/2 ounce Jamaica dogwood (Cornus ­officialis) or corydalis (Corydalis ­yanhusuo) tincture

1. Mix the tinctures and store in a dark glass bottle. Take 1 teaspoon in a little water two or three times daily between meals.

2. Second, take hormone and digestive tonic herbs starting the day after the flow ends and continuing through ovulation. If you experience significant and lasting fatigue through much of your cycle, you can take tonic herbs throughout, but cut the dose in half when combined with the blood-moving herbs. For Vicki, I recommended that she strengthen her hormones, liver, and blood with a tonic herb tea.

Christopher Hobbs is an Herbs for Health editorial advisor, herbalist, and licensed acupuncturist. He is the author of St. John’s Wort: The Mood Enhancing Herb, (Botanica, 1997) and many other books.

“Case studies from an herbalist’s notebook” are not intended to replace the advice of your health-care provider.

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