Laudanum~perhaps not the most permissible of medications in Victorian England. Laudanum was also known as Tincture of Opium, then legal, and was used to treat various ailments from headaches to bouts of coughing. Laudanum generally contained ten percent of powdered Opium. Makes you wonder how anything got done in the Era! (Information paraphrased from Wikipedia.com)
Dr. Clelia Mosher - 1892 Dr. Clelia Mosher (1863 - 1940) was a brilliant and extraordinary woman who made debunking the claims of Victorian medicine regarding the frailty of the female body her life's work.
"Ergot is derived from a fungus and it was used by midwives and doctors in the 1800s to promote contractions in birthing women. Directions on this bottle state the content was only to be used under medical supervision. Ergot also stopped bleeding after childbirth, but was also a traditional remedy to induce abortions."