Plant Family: Rubiaceae
Botanical Name: Mitchella Repens
Medicinal Uses: Partridgeberry has been used to ease menstrual cramps, help with labor pains and ease delivery. Partridgeberry is excellent for women who have experienced miscarriage in the past. It is best used for 3 months prior to trying to conceive to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. Topically, partridgeberry was employed as a wash for sore nipples during breast-feeding. Some other uses of partridgeberry involve its use in urinary tract disorders; it can give ease in urinary tract infections and interstitial cystitis. Partridgeberry has also occasionally been used to treat a variety of other complaints including insomnia, rheumatic pain and fluid retention. It’s also helpful in reducing heavy menstrual bleeding, bleeding in pregnancy. Toning and supportive of the tissues of the body, main the uterus, ovaries and urinary tract.
Folklore: Partridgeberry was used among the Native Americans for medical conditions relating to the health of the Women’s reproductive systems, particularly during pregnancy and at childbirth. Frequent doses of a tea made from the fresh or dried leaves were used by Native American Indian women in the weeks preceding childbirth in order to promote easy delivery. Native American women may also have used this herb to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Indian women also used a tea of leaves or the Partridgeberries for problems during childbirth. In addition, nursing mothers topically applied a lotion prepared from the partridgeberry leaves onto their breasts to help alleviate the tenderness or pain.