Short or heavy monthly periods? There is help for each species
For long haemorrhage and for ligomenorrhea, phytotherapist Natasha Richardson recommends eating foods that are less likely to increase sugar, such as fruits, vegetables, and lentils.
Professional phytotherapist and Forage Botanicals owner Natasha Richardson says there are several different types of menstrual periods with different mild or severe symptoms, but says ‘nature has a cure for everything’ – from severe menstrual cramps to migraines that some women then suffer.
She also says that different types of menstruation should be treated differently, so herbal remedies are taken depending on whether the bleeding is light or profuse and whether it is long or short or irregular.
1. Absence of bleeding
Absence of bleeding may indicate pregnancy or menopause in women over the age of 50, but bleeding may sometimes be absent due to other factors, explained Richardson, who said some women do not get menstruation due to serious health conditions such as thyroid hormone imbalance or ovarian failure,
When this happens, she advises various relaxation and massage techniques to reduce stress, avoid carbohydrates and sugars and increase fish intake.
Moderate exercise can help, but by no means extreme training.
“Lack of a period is often a sign of the body that ‘there are things to take care of that are more urgent than conception,'” Richardson said.
Nutritious tonics: nettle, alfalfa or blue clover, raspberry leaf
Relaxants: chamomile, fever plant (mint family), lemon
For circulation: hawthorn, ginger or cinnamon
For the liver: dandelion root, horse acid
2. Extensive bleeding
It can be associated with several conditions, such as blood disorders or endometriosis, but the phytotherapist says it is best to consult a GP, but also notes that 50 to 60 percent of women never find a cause for such profuse bleeding.
If it is a common occurrence, it can also be associated with stress, and Natasha also advises taking iron as a dietary supplement to supplement the large amount of blood.
He also added that Vitamin A could help with endometriosis and Vitamin K could help with blood clotting.
Relaxants: Linden and rose
For the liver: marigold, dandelion root
Anti-hemorrhage: raspberry leaves, rusomache or shepherd’s purse and lava or gentleman’s cloak
Blood tonics: alfalfa and nettle
Uterine tonics: lady’s coat and raspberry leaves
3. Long cycles
The normal period is three to five days, but in some cases it can be a week or even longer.
Oligomenorrhea is a disorder when, for three consecutive months, the interval between two periods exceeds 32 days.
Although this phenomenon is quite common for some women, Richardson recommends monitoring the cycle length and duration of menstruation, and eating foods that are less likely to raise blood sugar, such as green vegetables, most fruits, raw carrots, chickpeas. lentils and cereals.
Sometimes women with thyroid hormone imbalance are prone to longer cycles or endometriosis.
Relaxants: pasiflora, linden and mica
For the liver: Ashwaganda, dandelion root
For the endocrine system: dandelion, horse acid
4. Short cycles
A small difference between two bleeding periods or a short cycle is a common occurrence and anytime it can happen, it seems to us that we are constantly having menstruation, says Richardson. A short cycle is generally not treated unless it lasts for a long time, although some gynecologists will prescribe birth control pills to ‘balance’ the hormone.
“Eat whole grains and unprocessed foods and concentrate on bringing some relaxing habits to life,” Phytotherapist told Femail.
For the liver: dandelion root, turnips and strong chamomile tea
Tonics: nettle leaf, hawthorn and raspberry
5. Irregular cycles
Never knowing when menstruation is coming can be quite a burden, and this also happens with early, first menstrual cycles in young girls.
Likewise, natural causes such as menopause or breastfeeding can alter the cycle, as well as stress, overweight or overweight.
Relaxants: chamomile, linden or passionflower
For the endocrine system: ashwagandha
Tonics: nettle, alfalfa or hawthorn
6. Menstrual migraines
They are usually more severe than usual headaches, and are often accompanied by tunnel vision and increased sensitivity to light, and nausea or vomiting.
Fortunately, Richardson says, they can be improved by changing your diet and managing your stress better, and he advises you to eat essential fatty acids and avoid dairy, caffeine and alcohol. Also, he says, try to relax your muscles and balance your blood sugar.
Useful herbs are lavender, mint and alfalfa.
7. Menstrual pain
This condition affects 90 percent of women, and occurs when the uterus tightens and produces chemicals that will squeeze tissue out of the uterus. Cramps can be painful enough that some women can’t ‘function normally’ for a day or two, Richardson says, and although no herbal remedy can completely eliminate the pain, some herbs do help.
Relaxants: Chamomile and Red Devil
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