Oxytocic Foods & Herbs List: An Ayurveda Perspective
Oxytocic Herbs & Supplements
AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON OXYTOCICOxytocin stimulates uterine contractions, and prepares the uterus for labor. It has a vasoconstricting effect. Emotionally, it is tribal.
The Tribal HormoneOxytocin is known as the tend and befriend hormone, but a better name for it is the 'tribal hormone.' Oxytocin does encourage affection for those close to you - that's the tend and befriend part. It even stimulates the let-down reflex in the breasts - causing the release of milk to the suckling infant. But, it also encourages hostility from those outside the inner circle/tribe.
A Postpartum Tonic / Increases Muscle TensionBy stimulating uterine contractions, oxytocin helps the uterus return to pre-pregnancy size. This greatly reduces post-partum bleeding. Oxytocin's vasonconstricting effect also helps to stop bleeding after delivery.
Biocharacteristics of Oxytocin: Hot, Light, TenseOxytocin is produced by the pituitary, and stimulated by breastfeeding, and ejaculation. It is anabolic to muscle and bone, but causes weight loss (catabolic) through reducing food intake, increasing energy expenditure and inducing lipolysis. Overall, it is a Kapha pacifying hormone.
OTHER HERB ACTIONS AFFECTING REPRODUCTIVE-HEALTH
HELPFUL FOR*'Oxytocic' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.