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Using Herbs to Treat Menstrual Issues: Heavy Bleeding and Pain

In nature, some plants have been found to mimic some of the hormones (like estrogen and progesterone) that affect the natural processes of a woman. Over the years, our ancestors have found plenty of ways to ease the symptoms of common female concerns, such as heavy bleeding during periods and fluid retention. In this article, you will learn how to use natural remedies to your advantage.

Heavy Bleeding During Periods

It’s important to treat heavy bleeding during periods because ignoring the problem can lead to anemia. IF you experience a period that lasts longer than five days or if you find yourself changing your tampon or sanitary napkin every two hours, your periods are flowing too heavy.

Nettle
One of the best ways to treat this condition is by using nettle, which is known as an effective tonic for this very cause. Zeroing in on heavy stretches of bleeding, nettle delivers iron to the body , even more than spinach. Some people have eaten nettle as a replacement to some of their typical vegetable choices during their menstrual period. Other remedies to treat heavy menstrual bleeding include:

Shepherd’s Purse
Create an infusion consisting of 15 grams of shepherd’s purse and 750 milliliters of water. Divide the doses into 3 or 4 parts that you will drink throughout the day.  Sometimes, shepherd’s purse can be combined with nettle using a 50/50 mixture to create an infusion.

Chuang Xiong, Chinese Angelica, White Peony and Rehmannia
Mixing equal parts of each root can create a decoction used to treat heavy bleeding during periods. Use 15 grams of the mixture and add to 750 milliliters of water. Throughout the day, drink three equal doses of the remedy. While any one of the above herbs have a reputation for working wonders on their own, it is best to combine all of the ingredients together in order to enjoy maximum results.

Fluid Retention

Fluid retention is a common side effect of the menstrual cycle, where bloated stomachs are a typical complaint. Hands and feet can become puffy and swollen. The face may also retain fluid. To treat this frustrating occurrence, make an infusion using dandelion leaves that you can drink up to three cups per day.  

Menstrual Pain

Women know all too well the pain and discomfort that a menstrual cycle can bring. If you’ve ever had an attack of cramps, then you know they can pack a punch that can send a woman home from work to turn the sweetest gal into a snappy crocodile. Herbs to seek out for effective decoctions include wild yam, crampbark, and black haw. Mix 15 grams of any one of the above-mentioned roots with 750 milliliters of water. To make the decoction easier to consume, use 1 heaping teaspoon of caraway seeds. Don’t forget to mix well before taking.