Stomach or Womb Pain
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Virginia
Posted on: December 7, 2003

I have soreness in the bottom of my stomach or womb. I have heard that a sheep sorrel douche relieves the soreness. Is this true? Any suggestions? I have also heard that red willow and white pond lily work.

I highly recommend that you visit a medical practitioner to have your pain diagnosed.

I have not heard of a sheep sorrel douche being used for this purpose. According to Thomas Bartram, in "Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine" (available at Richters), white pond lily was used at one time as a douche for fibroids of the womb. I don’t know red willow.

[Note added by the editor: There are several plants known as "red willow". The red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea) is one; it is used to treat certain types of fever. More common are the true red willows such as Salix laevigata which, like other willows, have salicylic acid, a pain reliever related to aspirin. The true red willows might provide some relief of pain, but the benefit is only symptomatic; using red willow doesn’t necessarily treat the root cause of the pain. As Susan has urged, you should visit a competent health care worker to find out what the source of the pain is. Trying to treat the pain without knowing what the cause is is like driving at night without your headlights on.]

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