TRILIGHT-Contract Ease

Contract Ease (Cramp bark, Wild yam, Black haw, Scullcap, Valerian root, Hops, Chamomile, Fennel, and Catnip) This is a potent antispasmodic formula that is particularly of benefit after childbirth to ease the uterine cramps (afterbirth pains) that occur particularly during the first week or two following birth while nursing baby. Contract Ease may also be used for painful menstruation or uterine cramps at other times, even premature labor pain until medical care could be accessed. Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) - The relaxing effect on the uterus combined with a high tannin content make this herb very useful for cramping and bleeding during menstrual periods or following childbirth. While promoting pain relief by relieving excessive cramps, the tannins prevent excessive bleeding. No known contraindications. Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) - Used in this formula for its antispasmodic effect, with particular affinity for the pelvic region. Considered safe for use for use as directed. Black haw (Viburnum prunifolium) - Relaxant and pain-reliever due to salicin content. Scullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia, S. Baicalensis) - Used for its sedative and calming effects. Considered safe for use as directed. Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) - A fine antispasmodic herb, also known for treating insomnia. Interestingly, valerian has also been studied in the treatment of angina, where it decreases the frequency and shortens the duration of anginal attacks. Contrary to some popular herbals, valerian is non-habit-forming and does not cause unpleasant grogginess. No known contraindications. Hops (Humulus lupulus) - The oils in this herb have been shown to have sedative/hypnotic effects as well as antispasticity effects. Hops are also believed to be phytoestrogenic in activity as well as a mild antimicrobial. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla, M. recutita) - Used in this combination for its antispasmodic as well as antianxiety effects. Chamomile also has antidiabetic action, some phytoestrogenic effects that may be a cancer preventive for estrogen-dependent and estrogen-independent cancers. Exerts an antispasmodic action on the gastrointestinal tract. Safe for use in pregnant and nursing mothers, children under 2 and persons over 65. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) - Used to increase breastmilk, has antimicrobial action against Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enteritidis, and a stimulant to the gastrointestinal tract in cases of dyspepsia, such as mild GI afflictions, fullness and flatulence. Considered safe for use as directed. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) - Has a sedative, calming effect similar to valerian and is also useful for treating anxiety, digestive disorders, colic and for its anti-inflammatory effect in arthritis and joint conditions. Contract Ease may be taken up to 1 teaspoon every 2-4 hours as needed for relief from cramping. Even though the bottle states that it should not be used more than a week due to valerian content, the newest research no longer supports this caution.