Lady's mantle - Alchemilla vulgaris (in the Rosaceae or Rose family)
Part used: Budding herb.
Taste/Smell: Astringent, slightly bitter.
Dosage: Infusion: 2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:5 dry liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.
Mental picture and specific indications: Lady's mantle is indicated for excessive moisture, prolapsed and herniated organs. It is specific for strengthening hollow organs.
Use: (a) Astringent.(b) Styptic.
It is an astringent herb used for diarrhea and bleeding disorders. Lady's mantle is indicated in atonic conditions such as uterine or bladder atony or prolapse, vaginal laxity and passive hemorrhage and menorrhagia. It is also used with dysmenorrhea due to atony, and habitual miscarriages due to incompetent cervix.
Contraindications: Lady's mantle antagonizes the drug pitocin.
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