Emmenagogues


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EMMENAGOGUES, med. jur. The name of a class of medicines which are believed to have the power. of favoring the discharge of the menses. These are black hellebore, savine, (vide Juneperius Sabina,) madder, mercury, polygala, senega, and pennyroyal. They are sometimes used for the criminal purpose of producing abortion. (q.v.) They always endanger the life of the woman. 1 Beck's Medical Jur. 316; Dungl. Med. Diet. h.t.; Parr's Med. Dict. h.t.; 3 Paris and Fonbl. Aled. Jur. 88.

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In Bentley's Manual of Botany in 1870, Petiveria is again listed as a remedy for toothache and an emmenagogue (625).
Hence they may have been treated accordingly with herbal emmenagogues for amenorrhea, or remedies for menorrhagia, depression and hysteria that are listed in earlier works.
est une plante medicinale tres appreciee surtout par les femmes, en raison de ses proprietes emmenagogues.
I revised the section on emmenagogues (herbs to bring on suppressed menses) and added that my intention was to support life and not to encourage abortion.
The sexual implications that Jenkins has suggested gain support from the fact that several of Ophelia's key flowers were also well known to the Elizabethans as contraceptives, abortifacients, and emmenagogues (i.