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Taking Care after Abortion, Miscarriage or Herbally induced Abortion

When conception happens it send the body into a flurry of activity, getting ready, and caring for the fertilized egg. After the egg implants the body is required to do even more. When herbs are introduced to the body with the intent to disrupt pregnancy it puts additional stress on the body. Many abortifacient herbs are strong and powerful, some of them have toxic properties, they tax the body, and stress the liver and kidneys. Being pregnant when you don't wish to be is also very stressing emotionally. If and when bleeding begins, this to drains the body of iron and other important elements.

This is why it is important for your health and wellbeing to take steps to aid your body in regaining what has been lost, not only for physical wellbeing but for emotional and spiritual as well. A wholesome balanced diet is important high in Iron, Calcium and other vitamins and minerals; plenty of rest; and the use of nourishing herbal remedies.

When using alternatives for abortion (herbs or menstrual extraction)

Most of all, remember to take time out for yourself, give yourself time to heal, recover, grieve as needed. This is a time to care for you.

Other Post-Abortion Tips

Additional remedies you can include in your recovery routine if needed:

Prolonged Bleeding - if this is an issue, consider using a tea or tincture of yarrow leaf or a shepherd's purse tincture to help stop the bleeding and follow with nutritive steps and a uterine tonic like raspberry leaf.

For hormonal imbalance - if your hormones are having difficulty returning to normal, look at liver and bowel function. Your liver must be working properly in order for you to process and remove excess hormones. Many toxins and hormones are lipid based (fat-soluble) and are sent out of the liver in the bile. We make up to a quart of bile a day, most of which is reabsorbed through the intestines. The bile carries with it toxins for removal, including excess hormones and hormonal metabolites (which in some cases may be more harmful than the hormones themselves) if we do not have adequate fiber in our diets to absorb these toxins they will be reabsorbed through the intestinal wall. If our bowels are sluggish the same will happen, these toxins will be reabsorbed. Having a properly functioning bowel is essential to detoxification. If you are consitipated or have a tendency toward this, strongly consider visiting a colon hydrotherapist for a few sessions. Let them tell you how often you need to come, some people get cleaned out in two sessions while others take five or more. It is well worth the investment. You are worth it, your health is top priority. A couple of products i really like to help support detoxification is Liver DTX and if bowel function is not optimal, consider Herb-Lax as well. Great products. Dandelion and milk thistle are great for liver support and as far as a herbal product for bowel function (constipation or too loose stool - it's very balancing and healing) I have not found anything better than Herb-Lax.
GLA is also very helpful for balancing hormones, and is very helpful for dealing with PMS symptoms. You might try GLA complex.

Remedies for Low Energy: Reishi Mushroom - 1/2 to 1 tsp of tincture 3 times a day (or simmer 1/3 ounce of dried chopped reishi in 3 cups of water for 30 minutes. Strain. Drink 1 cup 3 times a day, reheat)
Astragalus - 1/4 to 1 tsp three times a day or 3 cups of tea (decoction) - simmer 2 tbsp of dried root in 3 cups of water for 30 minutes.
Siberian Ginseng - follow manufactures instructions. Spend a little more and get a product with a guaranteed eleutheroside potency for best results. Supports and rebuilds the adrenal glands.
Licorice - 1 to 3 cups of tea daily.
I've also found CorEnergy very helpful to help combat fatigue and low energy, it's a nice combination of Cordyceps (a mushroom), Asian Ginseng and Green Tea.

Nervous System Support: Oats - help to restore biochemical balance, ease depression, anxiety and insomnia. 1 to 3 cups of tea; 1/4 to 1 tsp of tincture daily. See the comment about B-complex above under stress.

To rebalance kidneys, liver and other eliminatory organs: Use herbs like shave grass (especially good), dandelion, rose hips, rosemary, artichoke, honey and pollen. And trace elements are also helpful.

For mild depression: Saint Johnswort - 900 mg a day in capsules standardized to 0.3% hypericin, divided into three 300 mg doses or 1 to 3 tsp of tincture. St Johnswort is a well known herb for treating mild depression, it should not be combined with pharmaceutical anti-depressants. It can be combined with Siberian Ginseng for additional benefits. B-Complex can also be very helpful, see above under stress. You might also find Mood Lift helpful.

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