For example, the tannins contained in lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) have an astringent effect which has a positive influence on the contractility of the endometrium. But the aerial parts of lady’s mantle also contain plant oestrogens which, depending on the tissue and the status of hormone secretion, can enhance or suppress the oestrogenic activity. Administration of lady’s mantle can have a positive influence on uterine clearance and thus help to reduce fluid accumulation. Lady’s mantle (a plant belonging to the Rosaceae or rose family) derives its name from its traditional use for treating women’s complaints such as menstrual problems or symptoms associated with the hormonal changes of menopause. Its pleated, hairy leaves have a dish-like shape reminiscent of the female womb. This has led to many common names, some of which have religious associations. In Germanic times lady’s mantle was dedicated to Frigga, the goddess of nature and fertility.
In medical treatment of commercial farm animals, lady’s mantle has proved a strengthening medicinal herb particularly in dairy cattle and horses after giving birth.