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|Home Remedies for Menstrual Problems.
The two major female sex hormones in the body are estrogen and progesterone. They are produced in a pair of organs in the
abdomen, known as the ovaries. The ovaries start producing large quantities of estrogen when a girl reaches about 12 years of
age. This enables her to grow rapidly and develop into a normal young woman. The commencement of menstruation at this
time heralds the reproductive phase of her life, when she can have children.
The main problems relating to menstrual flow are pre-menstrual tension, painful menstruation, stoppage of menstruation, and
excessive menstruation. These disorders are not uncommon.
|Premenstrual Tension and Menstrual Cramps:
A few days before menstruation, some women become nervous and irritable. They suffer from depression, headaches, fullness
in the breasts, insomnia, and swelling in the lower extremities. This may be due to a hormonal imbalance. These problems
cease within twenty-four hours of the start of the menstrual flow.
Painful menstruation, as it is called in medical parlance, is a common condition. The pain may be felt either two or three days
before or immediately before or during the flow. This may also be due to a hormonal imbalance.
Amenorrhea or Stoppage of Menstrual Flow:
This is natural during pregnancy and at the menopause, but abnormal at any other time. It denotes a debilitated and
devitalized condition of the body. The main causes contributing towards this condition are anaemia, worry, grief, fright, or other
serious emotional disturbances; malformation of the womb; tuberculosis; displacement of the womb; and debility, especially
after a serious illness.
Menorrhagia or Excessive Menstrual Flow:
This is common in some women. A variety of causes may be responsible for this trouble, including fibroids.
Herbs for Menopause
Herbs have been used for centuries by women in cultures throughout the world to ease the transition through menopause.
Tonic herbs such as Siberian ginseng help to strengthen the reproductive and endocrine systems, balance hormones, and build
vitality. They work gently over a period of months to replenish organs and glands and rebuild stores of vital energy. In
general, it takes approximately three to six months to feel the full benefits of taking tonic herbs. The following herbs are
especially beneficial during menopause.
Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is one of the best herbal energy tonics. It helps to strengthen the adrenal
glands and also enhances immune function.
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) contains compounds that are similar to the hormones produced by the adrenal glands. It
has mild immediate energizing properties and helps to rebuild adrenal health. -if you have high blood pressure, do not use
licorice root without first consulting your health practitioner.
Vitex (Vitex agnus castus) helps to regulate the balance of estrogen and progesterone by stimulating the pituitary gland's
secretion of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone).
Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is referred to as the "Queen of Herbs" in Chinese medicine and is considered to be the
primary tonic herb for women. It is especially beneficial during menopause because of its estrogen-like properties.
Black cohosh (Cimifuga racemosa) also has estrogen-like properties and helps to balance hormones. Clinical studies have
shown that an extract of black cohosh is as effective as synthetic estrogen for relieving both the physical and psychological
symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and depression, but without harmful side effects.
Natural Remedies with Parsley:
Parsley is one of the most effective among the several home remedies in the treatment of menstrual disorders. It increases
menstruation and assists in the regularization of the monthly periods. This action is due to the presence of apiol, which is a
constituent of the female sex hormone oestrogen. Cramps, which are a result of menstrual irregularities, are relieved and
frequently corrected entirely by the regular use of parsley juice, particularly in conjunction with beet juice; or with beet, carrot,
and cucumber juices. The recommended quantity is 75 ml of each of the four juices.
Home Remedies using Ginger:
The use of ginger is another effective home remedy for menstrual disorders, especially in cases of painful menstruation and
stoppage of menstrual flow. A piece of fresh ginger should be pounded and boiled in a cup of water for a few minutes. The
infusion, sweetened with sugar, should be used thrice daily after meals as a medicine for treating this condition.
Natural cures with Sesame Seeds:
Sesame seeds are valuable in menstrual problems. Half a teaspoon of powder of these seeds, taken with hot water twice daily,
acts excellently in reducing spasmodic pain during menstruation in young, unmarried anemic girls. Its regular use, two days
prior to the expected periods, cures scanty menstruation. A warm hip bath containing a handful of crushed sesame seeds
should be simultaneously taken along with this recipe.
Home Remedies with Papaya:
The unripe papaya helps the contractions of the muscle fibers of the uterus and is thus beneficial in securing a proper
menstrual flow. Papaya is especially helpful when menstruation ceases due to stress or fright in young unmarried girls.
Home Remedies using Marigold:
The herb Marigold, named after the Virgin Mary, is useful in allaying any pain during menstruation and facilitating menstrual
flow. An infusion of the herb should be given in doses of one tablespoon twice daily for the treatment of these disorders.
Home Remedies with Coriander Seeds:
Coriander seeds are also beneficial in the treatment of excessive menstruation. Six grams of these seeds should be boiled in
half a liter of water. This decoction should be taken off the tire when only half the water remains. Sugar candy should be added
to it and the patient should drink it when it is still warm.
Natural Home Remedies with Hemp:
Hemp can be successfully used when menses do not start at the scheduled time. Five large heads of hemps should be boiled in
half a liter of water till the water is reduced to half. It should then be strained and drunk before going to bed for two or three
nights. This remedy seldom fails.
Make Your Own Hormone-Balancing Vitality Tonic for Menopausal Problems
Virtually every woman who is perimenopausal or menopausal can benefit from taking an herbal tonic to strengthen and nourish
her adrenal glands and reproductive organs. The following tonic will increase energy, restore a feeling of well-being and
vitality, and help to ease the hormonal fluctuations th:=n occur during menopause. For best results, take this tonic for at least
three months. It can safely be taken indefinitely. If you have high blood pressure, leave the licorice root out of this formula.
Exercise Away Menopausal Problems
Regular aerobic exercise is extremely important during the menopausal years. Not only does it help to relieve common
symptoms such as hot flashes, but it strengthens the cardiovascular system and prevents osteoporosis. Aerobic exercise also
decreases blood-cholesterol levels and blood pressure, improves circulation, increases energy and endurance, and helps you
to maintain a healthful weight. In addition to the many physical benefits, exercise positively affects the mind and emotions by
stimulating the production of endorphins, the body's natural mood-elevating substances.
Plan for at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily, in the form of walking, biking, dancing, or other activities that you enjoy.
Forms of meditative exercise such as yoga and tai chi are helpful during menopause for easing the tension that often
accompanies this time of transition. The graceful, flowing movements encourage the free flow of energy and promote unity of
the body, mind, and spirit. In addition, allowing time for a daily practice of inward focusing through meditation, journaling, or
visualization creates the opportunity to access your deepest needs and desires and helps to bring balance into your life.
Hydrotherapy for Menstrual Cramps
Hot baths are wonderful for relaxing the body and mind and easing cramps. Add ten drops of lavender and four drops of
marjoram essential oils to a bathtub of comfortably hot water and soak for 20 minutes. For additional muscle-relaxing
properties, add two cups of Epsom salts, which are rich in magnesium, a natural musclerelaxing mineral. Hot sitz baths are also
excellent for relieving uterine cramps. Add five drops of lavender essential oil and two drops of marjoram essential oil to the
sitz bath if desired.
What is Sitz bath ?
Dong quai for Menstrual Cramps
One of the best-known herbs from ancient China is dong quai (Angelica sinensis), a root with an earthy, sweet flavor that is
considered to be the most important tonic herb for women in the Chinese herbal pharmacy. Both Chinese and Western
herbalists prescribe dong quai to ease menstrual difficulties and maintain reproductive health. Because dong quai has
muscle-relaxing and pain-relieving properties, it is helpful for easing menstrual cramps, and it has an overall balancing effect
on the reproductive system. Researchers have identified phytoestrogens (plant hormones) in dong quai that help to regulate
This popular herb is found in many herbal formulas for women. For best results, it should be taken over a long period of
time-at least three to six months. Dong quai is nontoxic, but do not take it during menstruation, because it stimulates bleeding.
Take the herb during the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle, discontinue the week before menstruation begins and during
the week of menstruation, and then resume taking the herb when menstruation ceases. Dong quai is most commonly available
as a liquid extract and in capsules. Take one-half teaspoon of extract or one capsule three times a day.
|Hormone-Balancing Vitality Tonic for Menses Problems.
1/2 ounce Siberian ginseng root
1/2 ounce vitex berries
1/2 ounce black cohosh root
1/4 ounce dong quai root
1/4 ounce licorice root
Click here to see the directions for making an herbal extract. You can also buy prepared liquid herbal extracts
and combine them in the same proportions. Take one teaspoon of the tonic in a small amount of warm water 3 times
|Gentle Cramp-Ease Tea for Menses Problems
3 teaspoons fresh ginger root, grated
3 teaspoons chamomile
2 cups water
Preparation & Usage:
Simmer ginger root and water in a covered pot for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add chamomile. Cover and
steep for 10 minutes. Strain, sweeten if desired, and drink as needed.
Cramp Relief Formula for Menses Problems
1 ounce cramp bark extract
1/2 ounce valerian or hops extract
1/2 ounce white willow bark extract
1/4 ounce ginger root extract
Combine extracts in a dark-glass bottle and shake well. Take 1/2 teaspoon of extract in a small amount of warm
water every two to three hours as needed to relieve menstrual cramps.
|Massage approximately one teaspoon of the following oil over your abdomen and lower back twice a day to relieve
Cramp- Ease Massage Oil for Menses Problems
2 ounces almond oil
6 drops marjoram essential oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops ginger essential oil
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Combine oils in a dark-glass bottle and shake well. Store tightly in a cool, dark place.
|Hot compresses for Menses Problems
Add three drops of marjoram, four drops of lavender, and three drops of ginger essential oils to a basin of hot water.
Soak a thin cotton dish towel in the water and wring it out. Place the hot, wet towel over your abdomen and cover with
a thick, dry towel to retain the heat. Change the hot towel as soon as it begins to cool, replacing it with a fresh hot
towel. Continue placing hot compresses over your abdomen for 15 to 30 minutes.
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