What herbs help with menstrual irregularities?
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Black cohosh has been
Bark of viburnum
Menstruation is a natural process in the female body. However, there are many reasons why there is a violation of this finely regulated process.
From 30 to 75% of women suffer from painful menstruation.
Without going into a wide range of such reasons (among them there are many gynecological diseases and simple functional disorders) I can point out one important thing:
Uterine smooth muscle contraction and endocrine disorders are the Central mechanisms in the onset of symptoms of dysmenorrhea.
That is, there are a lot of reasons, and the pathological mechanism is one.
All the symptoms that accompany painful menstruation share on:
1.Emotional and mental (irritability, anorexia, depression, drowsiness, insomnia, vomiting, bulimia, odor intolerance, taste distortion)
2.Vegetative (nausea, belching, hiccups, cognition, feeling of heat, sweating, hyperthermia, dry mouth, frequent urination, tenesmus, bloating),
3.Vascular (fainting, headache, dizziness, tachycardia, bradycardia, extrasystole, heart pain, cold, numbness of hands and feet, swelling of the eyelids, face)
4.Metabolic-endocrine (feeling of “cotton” legs, General sharp weakness, itching of the skin, joint pain, swelling, polyuria)
In the first place may be the appearance of painful symptoms in the lower abdomen with the transition to the lumbar region (symptoms may be different) can be extremely unpleasant and irritating factor.
There is pain during menstruation, or occurs a few days before menstruation, painful periods can be during the entire period of menstruation.
The pain symptom is a violation of the coordination of the contraction of the smooth muscles of the uterus.
There are also many other symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance:
– headaches, nausea vomiting (associated with a violation of the balance of hormones)
-increase in body temperature (since female sex hormones are associated with the process of thermoregulation).
Important! Every woman dysmenorrhea can manifest its own set of symptoms. Be sure to put the correct diagnosis from your doctor, as the correct diagnosis is the key to the effectiveness of herbal medicine.
Unfortunately, in the standards of treatment prescribed by gynecologists, the overwhelming number of appointments include only 2 groups of drugs — a hormonal contraceptives and non-acute anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Important! The use of NSAIDs and hormones is quite risky due to the appearance of side effects, especially with long-term use. Herbal medicines can replace or Supplement such medicines.
In classical naturopathy, there are a number of phytopreparations that can reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea without chemical drugs.
In the treatment of any disease, it is always necessary to strive to use the most simple, natural ways, starting with changes in eating habits and lifestyle.
Another important factor in treatment is the duration of the intended use of medicines. In this perspective, phytopreparations are unique, since their use can last for a long time.
1.Phytoestrogens are plants that replace hormonal drugs.
These natural substances in the composition of the plants are vegetable analogues of female sex hormones. They are naturally able to regulate the monthly cycle, without interfering roughly in the complex hormonal connections of the body.
Examples of plants: cuff (Alchemilla vulgaris) , crow’s foot (Argentina anserina), sage (Salvia officinalis), oregano (Origanum vulgare).
2.Herbal with antispasticski action.
These plants include different groups of herbs: raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus), mint (Mentha), Melissa (Melissa officinalis), kotovnik (Nepeta).
3. Herbs containing salicylates. This group is able to almost completely replace the use of non-acute anti-inflammatory drugs.
Examples: labaznik (Filipendula) , aspen bark (Populus tremula).
4.Plants that regulate the menstrual cycle.
This group of plants does not contain direct analogues of hormones, but is able to significantly affect the balance of hormone production (Central mechanisms of regulation are involved). Examples: Chinese Angelica (Angelica sinensis), chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus), Cimicifuga racemosa (racemosa Cimicifúga).
NB! Thus, as many as 4 groups of plants with different mechanisms of action can largely replace 2 groups of synthetic drugs.
Given the fact that painful menstruation is a long-term current problem, herbal medicines are preferable to use in a long and continuous mode!
Separately, I want to mention the plant Siberian swollen (Phlojodicarpus sibiricus) . This plant is part of the Arsenal of herbs that are able to regulate the female hormonal system. Initially identified by traditional healers properties of this plant are used in clinical practice. With the constant use of water extracts of the swollen fruit, the monthly cycle is restored, pain during menstruation is significantly reduced.
Another well-known plant in dysmenorrhea is black cohosh black cohosh (Cimicifúga racemosa). It contains important biologically active substances: glycosides, alkaloids, flavonoids, derivatives of salicylic acid, saponins. Regulation of the menstrual cycle is carried out at the expense of bitter substances that contribute to the normalization of the production of hormones and hormone-like substances.
Bark of viburnum (Viburnum) contains a special kind of active substances that affect the tone of muscle contractions. Thus, the use of the bark of viburnum is one of the long-known means to relieve spasm of smooth muscles and eliminate pain symptoms in painful menstruation. Moreover, an important property is to reduce blood loss during menstruation with the use of viburnum.
Similar to the action of viburnum bark is the action of raspberry leaf (effective dose — at least 30 g of dry raw materials per day). Due to the content of alkaloids in raspberries, its constant and long-term use leads to an improvement in the tonic contraction of the smooth muscles of the uterus. All these experience facts suggest the need for the use of viburnum and raspberry leaves in dysmenorrhea.
One of the most rational methods in naturopathy is the combination of plants with similar useful properties. Thus, the above plants enhance their effect in combination.
For example, after seeing the store from the bark of viburnum, black cohosh and vzdutoplodnica will be more effective than all these plants individually.