Cotton, also known as Gossypium Hirsutumis is a plant native to Asia and Africa. It was grown to produce cotton fiber and other parts of the plant served as medical remedies and food products. Cotton root bark was used by Native Americans for numerous female conditions ranging from nonmenstrual bleeding from the uterus to inducing labor. While it was used to make childbirth easier, cotton root bark was also taken to induce natural miscarriages. Research has shown that cotton root bark has the ability to interrupt pregnancy by causing the lining of the uterus to be non-supportive to a fertilized egg.
Cotton root has the effect of shutting down the corpus luteum’s ability to produce progesterone. The corpus luteum is created when ovulation occurs, it is the little hole made by the egg when it bursts from the follicle. Research out of China supports claims that cotton interrupts hormone production, interferes with implantation, and may cause abortion. An infusion taken by sips throughout the day until the abortion was well under way is a traditional method of birth control among Native Americans who grow cotton.
WARNING LEVEL: Moderate Risk Associated with Use
LAST MENSTRUAL CYCLE: If Your Last Menstrual Cycle Started About 12 Weeks Ago
POSSIBLY TOXIC: not known
UTERINE AND HORMONAL EFFECTS: Contracts Uterus, Inhibits Implantation, Increases Estrogen, Reduces Progesterone, Increases Oxytocin
ALSO KNOWN AS: gossypium hirsutum, levant cotton
IS USED FOR: a variety of conditions
HOW IT’S PREPARED: The chemical gossypol in cotton is known to be toxic, but iron salts have been shown to inactivate gossypol. As a preventative measure, Cooking in cast iron pots or multivitamin supplement with iron will help to prevent gossypol toxicity. Gossypol can also be avoided by seeking out organic sources of cotton, or Organic medicinal cotton root bark tinctures, which are now available from several reliable distributors.
- Cotton Root Bark Tea: 31/2 ounce dried cotton root bark per quart of water. Boil 20-30 minutes. Strain. Take 2 ounces every 1 hour.
- Powder: 3-8 #0 capsules every 30 min to 1 hour.
- Cotton Tincture: 10 drops of Tincture every 2 hours until bleeding is underway, for no more than 6 days.
- Abortifacient Cotton Root Bark Decoction: Add 4 ounces (113 g) of fresh cotton root bark to 1 quart (1 L) of water. Boil 20 – 30 minutes until the liquid is reduced to 2 cups (500 ml) liquid decoction. Take 4 – 8 Tbs. (60- 120 ml), every thirty minutes to one hour.
POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS AND SIGNS OF TOXICITY: Shivering and frights. If growing conditions of cotton not known, herb may have “defoliant” herbicide on it, most toxic of agricultural additives. It is not known whether herb or its chemical additives cause severe shivering and frights.
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