In India, the leaves have been used for their abortive properties. Tests have shown that the punarnavine alkaloid, contained in the leaves and throughout the plant, produces soft uterine contractions. It has also been used for kidney and liver disorders, as well as a diuretic.


t is a parasitic tuber that appears in the roots of certain trees. It appears as a small and dedondo nodule weighing from a few milligrams to about fifteen grams. If they are taken fresh, they benefit the man as an agent of birth control. If taken for a prolonged period, they can cause impotence.


According to the popular medicine of the Shoshonis Indians, an infusion of cold water from the root of lithospermum, drink daily for six months, produces permanent sterility.
The same infusion, taken from time to time, was used as a temporary contraceptive.

False hellebore

It is a remedy for the Indians of North America, which has never been scientifically proven.
It was the most used contraceptive by the Indians during the 19th century.
It is used with a cooking of the root of false hellebore drink daily for three weeks.
Higher doses could produce permanent sterility


The American Indians of the western plains and mountains used the entire cuscuta plant for their contraceptive qualities.
It also has other medicinal uses

Morning glory

Psychedelic plant that presents numerous varieties, which contain chanoclavina, ergonovine, lysergol, elymoclavina and lysergic acid. The seeds of the pearly gates variety are the most powerful of all.

There may be sexual perceptions that create confusion, by possessing hallucinogenic substances.

Pregnant women should avoid ingesting these seeds because having ergometrine, which is a uterine stimulant, in turn, is a potential abortifacient.

People with liver disease should avoid seeds.


It is originally from Afghanistan, but grows, under cultivation in other countries.
The North American Indians used the cartamo to fight several corporal insufficiencies, and between them it appeared the stimulation of the menstrual flow.

The Chinese prepared tea with the flowers and drank it as an abortifacient and an emmenagogue. They also considered it beneficial against skin rashes caused by toxic plants, such as oak and poison ivy. It can act as a sudorific
. Flowers, seeds and the whole plant can be used when in bloom. The shoots are edible.

Chinese barley

Chinese barley, of which many varieties exist, is abortive.
The abortive, is due to a parasitic excrescence similar to ergot.
The Chinese also believe that if this barley is taken for a prolonged period of time, it will impart strength and vigor to the body by rejuvenating the person’s sexual system in general.
In European folk medicine, oats have been used for similar regenerative reasons.

False Seal

The Indians of the west prepared an infusion of the leaves of the false seal to prevent conception.
Man and woman had to drink half a cup of an infusion of the leaves of the plant once a day and for a week.
The false seal has also been used as a remedy for menstrual disorders.