Caulophyllum: Historical use of Caulophyllum in childbirth
by Paul Bergner
Medical Herbalism 12(1):13
“Constant use of tea 2-3 weeks prior to parturition” attributed to Native women.
1-6 grams per day as decoction, in 2-3 doses as component of Mother’s Cordial. With Mitchella, Viburnum, Chamalirium. Decoction.
8 grams per day decocted in 2 doses.
Not alone in childbirth
6-8 grams daily as decoction, in 3 doses. “Rarely used in powder” mostly in decoction.
1-6 grams per day as decoction, in 2-3 doses. As component of Mother’s Cordial. With Mitchella, Viburnum, Chamalirium.
2-2.7 grams as decoction per half hour, with Cyprepedium, Trillium, Myrica.
Homeopahtic dilutions of several drops of the tincture for a few weeks
5-10 drops fluid extract
Felter, Lloyd, 1898
Not specific as partus preparator
1-3 grams every 3-4 hours as decoction. 3-10 Drops Specific Caulophyllum (a concentrated pharmaceutical extract)
6-12 grams per day as decoction, in 3 doses, as decoction, for a few weeks before birth, as component of Mother’s Cordial. With Mitchella, Viburnum, Chamalirium.
3.5- 7 grams root as decoction or 130-325 mg of powder.
1.5-2.3 grams/day as decoction, as component of larger formula,
1.3 grams as decoction each 2-3 hours “only under medical supervision”
1.3-1.7 grams as decoction.
Priest, Priest, 1982
Unspecified dose of tincture.
30 drops tincture in two cups of water sipped throughout the day.
5-10 drops tincture twice daily, with an equal amount of black cohosh, taken alone “Can cause precipitous labor”
3-8 drop doses per half hour. “If fetal heart tones are monitored, there may be noticeable elevation as the blue cohosh starts to work”
Ambiguous references on childbirth.
0.3-2 g powder
0.6-3 g powder “Probably unsafe to
take in pregnancy until labor has commenced”