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Amenorrhea: Herbs For Irregular Periods

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Amenorrhea, the medical term for the loss of periods in women who should be having regular periods, is a sign that something in the body has gone wrong. Skipped periods can be due to physical or emotional stress, a hormonal imbalance, poor nutrition, or a combination of these reasons and more. Sometimes young women can become so obsessed with weight loss that their periods stop due to lack of body fat. Try to increase the amount of olive oil and butter in the diet to at least 4 tablespoons a day.

Herbs that bring on menstrual flow when there is delayed menstruation --for whatever reason--are known as emmenagogues. Emmenagogues are not recommended during pregnancy until the end of term to help prepare for childbirth (under qualified supervision). Herbal remedies for amenorrhea, spotty, or late menses run the gamut from mild and generally safe herbs( ginger and lemon balm) to much stronger remedies, (tansy and pennyroyal) best left to those with specialized knowledge in using herbs.

If you think you may be pregnant be very careful in choosing herbal teas until you have a good understanding of how you react to them. When in doubt, leave it out.

See Also :
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  • Beauty : Natural beauty comes from nature not labs and factories. There are many over-the-counter, mass produced, personal care products that can be replaced with a few basic ingredients using these old fashioned remedies for personal care.
  • Candida/yeast :Candidiasis is an infection caused by species of Candida fungi, especially Candida albicans
  • Children :Safety and common sense are the first things to keep in mind when using home remedies and herbs to treat small children and babies.
  • Female Hormones :Tonic herbs for women help support a woman's natural estrogen and testosterone levels. Hormonal balance is an important factor in the overall health of women.
  • Menopause :Unlike hormone replacement therapy which artificially raises a woman's estrogen levels, herbal treatments seek to address hormonal balance
  • Menorrhagia :Make your own herbal teas to ease heavy menstrual bleeding and curb heavy or excessive menstrual flow from common, inexpensive herbs you can grow at home.
  • PMS :The effects of PMS range from mild to devastating an include edema, breast pain, depression,nervous tension, cramps, cravings, and more.
  • Pregnancy/Childbirth :The herbs used for pregnancy are the same herbs that have been used by midwives for centuries.
  • Women's Herbs :Women over the centuries have used herbal remedies safely and effectively. This tradition is the wise woman's way.

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  1. Rosemary Gladstar. "Herbal Healing for Women" Fireside, (1993) Powerful emmenagogue, blue cohosh will help bring on a suppressed or delayed menstruation.
  2. Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Volume 2" Harcourt, (1931) Its chief employment is as an emmenagogue, often in combination with Pennyroyal and Southernwoods. Mugwort is also useful as a diaphoretic in the commencement of a cold.
  3. Steven Foster and Yue chongxi. "Herbal Emissaries" Healing Arts Press, (1992) Combined with dan-gui (dong quai), it is used to regulate suppressed menstrual flow in TCM.
  4. Rosemary Gladstar. "Herbal Healing for Women" Fireside, (1993) Angelica stimulates delayed menstruation, breaking up stagnation in the reproductive system
  5. James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) False unicorn root is a time-honored remedy for a whole panoply of uterine and menstrual problems. It may, in fact, help encourage menstruation
  6. Susun Weed. "New Menopausal Years, The Wise Woman Way" Ashtree, (2002) Nettle leaf infusion has reportedly returned the monthly flow to women drinking it regularly, even in their sixties. Dong quai tincture, especially when combined with white peony root and licorice, is a superb remedy for women whose menses cease unaccountably.
  7. Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Volume 2" Harcourt, (1931) The medicinal qualities of the oil extracted from Sweet Marjoram - Oleum majoranae - are similar to that of the Wild Marjoram. Fifteen ounces of the oil are yielded by 150 lb. of the fresh herb. On being kept, it assumes a solid form. It is used as an external application for sprains, bruises, etc., and also as an emmenagogue. 520
  8. Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Volume 2" Harcourt, (1931) Tansy is also valuable in hysteria and in kidney weaknesses, the same infusion being taken in wineglassful doses, repeated frequently. It forms an excellent and safe emmenagogue, and is of good service in low forms of fever, in ague and hysterical and nervous affections. As a diaphoretic nervine it is also useful.
  9. Tansy is a strong emmenagogue (provoking the onset of a period) and should not be used in pregnancy. It can be fatal when taken in large doses. ,
  10. Richard Mabey. "The New Age Herbalist" Fireside, (1988) An important medicinal use of lemon balm is to promote menstrual periods and ease period pain. p68
  11. James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Wild carrot seed, Daucus carota,(Queen Anne's lace), is apparently effective as both an emmenagogue and a morning-after contraceptive. Indian researchers have confirmed that carrot seed has anti-implantation activity in laboratory animals.
  12. James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) The compound apiole in dill is such a powerful emmenagogue that most herbalists warn pregnant women not to use it in medicinal concentrations