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Pain - Formulas for pain

by Paul Bergner

Medical Herbalism 10-31-94 6(3): 11

Back Pain, for relief of strains and sprains

Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh) 1 dram

Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen) 1 dram

Gelsemium sempervirens (gelsemium) (Toxic)1 dram

Valeriana off. (valerian) 1 dram

Passiflora incarnata (passion flower) 1 dram

Bryonia alba (bryonia) (toxic) 10 drops

Conium maculata (poison hemlock) (toxic) 5 drops

Distilled water, fill to: 4 ounces

Sig: 1 tsp as needed for relief or three times a day

(From The Complete Botanical Prescriber, John A. Sherman, ND.)

Post Surgical Pain

Equal parts of tinctures of:

Hypericum perforatum (St Johnswort)

Echinacea spp. (echinacea)

Scutellaria lateriflora (scullcap)

Valeriana off. (valerian)

Delphinium staphisagria (staphisagria) (toxic)

Arnica montana (arnica) (toxic)

Sig. Take ten drops every hour for 12 hours, then
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Arthritis pain (better than aspirin)

Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh) 1 part

Petroselinum sativum (parsley) 1 part

Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) 1 part

Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) 1/2 part

Chimaphila umbellata (pipsissewa) 1/2 part

Smilax off. (Sarsaparilla) 1/2 part

Taraxacum off. leaves (dandelion leaf) 1/2 part

Gentiana lutea (gentian) 1/2 part

Tanacetum vulgare (tansy ragwort) 1/2 part

Salix alba (willow bark) 1/2 part

Trigonella foenumgraecum (fenugreek) 1/2 part

Dioscorea villosa (wild yam)1/2 part

Colchicum autumnale (meadow saffron) 1/2 part

Sig: 1 tsp, three to four times daily. Contraindicated in pregnancy or lactation. (From The Complete Botanical Prescriber, John A. Sherman, ND.)

Myrrh-Goldenseal-Cayenne Liniment

Mix two ounces of powdered myrrh, one ounce of Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal), and a half-ounce of Capsicum annum (cayenne) in one quart of gin. Let it stand for a week, shaking it every day. Then filter and store the liquid for later use. It can be used for almost any sort of pain except for the acute pain of an injury. Apply it to the surface above the pain.
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