GALACTAGOGUE

A galactagogue is an herb that acts to increase breast milk production in lactating mothers to ensure the baby gets proper nutrition. Galactologues are used in remedies for a nursing mother who may not be producing enough breast milk in sufficient amounts to sustain her baby or babies.

Galactogogue Herbs:

  • Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
  • Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)
  • Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
  • Hops (Humulus lupulu)
  • Oats (Avena sativa)
  • Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

In this video, lactation consultant Melissa K. Nagin discusses how to increase breast milk supply by using fenugreek and oat meal as galactologues.

References

  1. Absorption and tissue distribution of curcumin in rats
  2. Ann McIntyre (1995), The Complete Women’s Herbal
  3. David Hoffman (2013), Holistic Herbal: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
  4. German Commission E, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1993
  5. Rosemary Gladstar (2014), Herbs for Common Ailments: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Home Health Care

Herbopedia: German Commission E

The German Commission E is a scientific advisory board that was founded by the German government in 1978. It is of the German equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte). The commission provides scientific expertise in the approval of natural substances that have previously been used in traditional, folk and herbal medicine.

The commission earned renown beyond Germany in the ’90s for compiling and publishing monographs that evaluated the safety and efficacy of over 350 medicinal herbs and herbal combinations. These official monographs detailed the approved uses, side effects, dosages, contraindications, drug interactions and other medicinal information essential for the responsible prescription anduse of herbs and phyto-medicines

 

Published between 1984 and 1994 in the Bundesanzeiger, the Commission E Monographs haven’t since been updated but are still considered valid. A summary of the publications is available on the website of the commission; unofficial copies of the monographs are available at the Heilpflanzen-Welt Bibliothek.

The complete set of all the Commission E monographs is now available in English and other languages.

 

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