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Squaw Vine has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. It is an astringent, tonic and diuretic. Native Americans relied on this herb to help facilitate all aspects of childbirth, including labor, delivery and expulsion of afterbirth.  It is used several weeks before expected delivery.  Squaw Vine is thought to stimulate the uterus and encourage a safe and easier birth. It is also used to promote suppressed menstruation and relieve painful menstruation. This herb is said to relieve pelvic congestion.

Squaw Vine is also used in the treatment of diarrhea, colitis, nervous exhaustion and irritability. As a diuretic it is used to expel urine and is said to be effective in cases of edema.

Externally nursing mothers use a salve made from the leaves of Squaw Vine to ease soreness after breastfeeding. It has also been used as an astringent skin wash.


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