Information on Partridge Berry

Latin NameMitchella repens
Other NamesSquawvine
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, bulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Endocrine system, Reproductive system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoAn evergreen perennial from the shady woods of the eastern U.S. with trailing roots and opposite leaves, white flowers, and red berries. A member of the Madder family.
DescriptionPartridge berry is one of the best-known herbs for readying the uterus for childbirth. It was considered by the Eclectics to increase the nervous tone of the uterus, taken during the final 2 months of pregnancy in preparation for childbirth and to facilitate labor. Partridge berry is also used as a preventative for threatened miscarriage. As a uterine relaxant, it is useful for both amenorrhea and painful periods. Naturopathic doctors have recommended it for prostatic enlargement with difficult urination in men who are mostly sedentary in habit.
To make a light decoction add about 4 grams of the herb to 4 ounces of water, simmer for a few minutes, steep for an additional 10 minutes, strain, and drink 4 ounces 2-3 x daily.

Partridge berry has a taste of BITTER, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1/2 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Partridge Berry

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Hormonal imbalancesexual tonictincture, capsule
Labor, to facilitateuterine tonictea or tincture before birth under advice of your herbalis
Miscarriage, threatenedfemale tonictincture, tea
Amenorrheafemale tonictincture, tea
Dysmenorrheafemale tonictea, tincture


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