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- n. Plural form of emmenagogue.
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Sensitivity depends on the individual but herbs that are strong blood movers, including those classified as emmenagogues and many that are warming stimulants and carminatives, should be limited or avoided.
I didn't know it was the ginger until about two weeks after I read a healing herbs book and saw that ginger is what they call a "emmenagogues" in that it encourages menstruation.
Women had their emmenagogues and men stayed out of it.
These include herbal stimulants, warming tonics, carminatives that aid digestion and emmenagogues that stimulate menses and blood circulation.
The theory of Loewenthal leads him to conclude that menstruation is not physiological, but pathological, and not necessary to health; that menstrual blood is normal blood, and does not contain any poisonous substance that must be eliminated from the system; that in amenorrhoea, emmenagogues are useless or harmful, as some constitutional disease (chlorosis, hysteria, etc.) causes amenorrhoea; but the latter causes no disease itself.
The most difficult cases which we have had to deal with, have been those which had been subjected by other physicians to the administration of strong emmenagogues in the vain effort to bring on the menses.