Women’s use of herbs dates to the roots of herbalism. By tradition, the keepers of herbal knowledge have always been women, and they have probably been taking herbs to relieve menstrual disorders since humans first nibbled on leaves and fruits.
Here are some herbs you can take for different kind of menstrual issues:
1. Peppermint and ginger: Teas containing peppermint and ginger can have a calming and warming effect, according to Major. These herbs can also help relieve cramping. Peppermint relieves some bloating.
Avoid peppermint if you have conditions such as GERD, heartburn, indigestion or hiatal hernia, according to UMMC. It can also cause rashes and be toxic if oil is consumed in large amounts.
Avoid ginger if you have bleeding disorders, diabetes or heart conditions, according to WebMD. It can cause heartburn, stomach issues, skin irritation, extra menstrual bleeding and diarrhea.
2. Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus): In several clinical studies Chasteberry reduced some symptoms, especially breast pain or tenderness, edema, constipation, irritability, depressed mood, anger, and headache.
3. Wild Yam: Wild Yam has a wonderful action on smooth muscle tissue, reducing muscle spasm of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, aiding in painful menstruation and chronic pelvic pain. Wild Yam helps the uterus to work more efficiently during menses. This uterine support allows for proper function of the uterus while working to prevent uterine cramping or spasm. This herb has a wonderful action on the ovaries, toning them and aiding in ovarian cyst pain.
4. Dong-quai: Dong-quai (Angelica sinensis) is the best-known Chinese herb for gynecological problems. It is closely related to the European herb angelica (A. archangelica) and to the American A. atropurpurea, both of which have also been used by herbal practitioners to treat menstrual disorders on their respective continents.
5. Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin B6: This power formula can work wonders for your symptoms. These ingredients have been researched thoroughly and provide positive results for pain, mood, and general PMS symptoms. Magnesium is particularly effective for combating chocolate cravings! By the way, chocolate cravings are a sure sign of magnesium deficiency.
6. Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris and red raspberry): If your period is late or barely there, you can take this herb to stimulate uterine flow. Mugwort and raspberry leaf teas can also be used to help with PMS symptoms, including emotional fluctuations.
WebMD cautions against using mugwort if you have allergies to some plants, including tobacco. Red raspberry may be unsafe for people with hormone-sensitive conditions, according to WebMD.