Mitchella repens Common name: Partridge Berry/Squaw Vine
Part Used: Aerial
Constituents: Tannins, saponins, bitter principle, alkaloids, mucilages
Medicinal actions: Uterine tonic, Diuretic
Medicinal use: Mitchella tonifies the mucous membrane of the uterus gently over a long period of time (greater than 3 cycles). Mitchella may also prevent spontaneous abortions in women with a prior history. Helpful in dysmenorrhea, PMS– esp. with water retention, prolapsus, leukorrhea, and in regulating the menstrual cycle.
Pharmacy: Infusion: 1/2 tsp/cup water; 3-4 cups TID. Tincture (1:5, 25%), 5-10 ml TID. Fluid Extract: (1:1, 25%), 2-4 ml TID. As a douch in an infusion form.
Toxicity: None reported.