How we can use herbs for heavy periods

Menorrhagia is the scientific term for excessive bleeding during a period and is usually defined as needing to change sanitary products at least every 3 hours or bleeding that lasts more than 7 days. This can increase the risk of iron deficiency anaemia. However, we can use herbal medicine to help manage heavy periods.

Why might we experience excessive bleeding?

Let’s take a look first at why we might experience heavy periods. Oestrogen promotes the building of the endometrial lining. Therefore, high oestrogen can cause a thicker lining which causes heavier bleeding during your period as you shed this endometrial lining.

Excess oestrogen can be caused by:

  • Poor liver detoxification
  • Exposure to synthetic oestrogen like substances found in plastics, pesticide, some metals.
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Obesity

Another cause could be low iron. Heavy bleeding depletes iron levels. However, iron deficiency can also cause heavy bleeding because iron is needed by the uterus to prevent excess bleeding. Thereby, creating a self-perpetuating cycle of low iron caused by heavy bleeding and heavy bleeding caused by low iron.

A few studies have shown that Vitamin, A, K, and C may also be helpful at preventing heavy bleeding.

5 Herbs for Excess Bleeding

There are lots of herbs that can be used for heavy periods. We may first want to look at use herbs that manage the underlying causes such as high oestrogen. However, there are also herbs that can be used to control excess bleeding such as:

  • Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris)
  • Yarrow(Achillea millefolium)
  • Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
  • Tienchi ginseng (Panax notoginseng)
  • Birthwort (Trillium erectum)

These have been used traditionally for uterine bleeding. My favourite is Lady’s mantle and I’ve written a blog specifically about Lady’s mantle and her many uses here.

Want to know more….

If you want to learn more about managing your menstrual cycle then I have just the solution! I teamed up with the Empowerment Coach Ellen Million to share coaching and nutrition tips for a balanced body and mind during your period in this webinar all about managing your moon cycle! You can buy it to watch today today here. It also comes with a free PDF summarising all the key points.

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