( Menorrhagia )
Women suffering from the condition known as menorrhagia are usually treated by the use of birth control pills in conventional medication. The failure to control the excessive monthly bleeding by use of contraceptive pills when it occurs is replaced with another so called "cure". The woman may sometimes be offered the unhappy choice of undergoing a hysterectomy in such cases-this being the second “cure” of conventional medication.
The ailment known as menorrhagia is caused by several factors. The cause of the condition can be due to endometriosis or through the development of blockages in the pelvic region; these can arise from growths such as the development of fibroids, the development of cysts, or the development of tumors. The presence of imbalances in various organ systems is also often the cause of most menorrhagia cases. Bleeding in the menstrual cycle and the amount of blood given out is controlled by two distinct systems in the human body; these seem to have a direct influence on the amount of blood bled out every month. The first internal control system is the endocrine gland system-particularly the thyroid gland and the second system is the vital organ-the liver. Excessive blood flow can often be reduced to normal levels by carefully nourishing and strengthening the endocrine glands and the liver, these will correcting the underlying causes such as imbalances. The woman will experience a much more comfortable flow of blood following this treatment.
The correction of menorrhagia depends to a great deal on the intake of a healthy and appropriate diet. The dietary regimen must incorporate all or many of the suggestions given below. While the changes in the diet, the intake of helpful herbs, and essential supplements help in the rectification of the problem, they are also additionally effective in bringing about a full restoration of all vital minerals and the vitamins which depleted in the body, and lost due to the repeated or heavy menstrual flows suffered by the woman. To correct the imbalance and to restore energy levels to normal in the body of the patient, all individuals suffering from menorrhagia must follow the suggested changes in diet and taken the supplements recommended below.
Supplements and herbs
The diet of every patient must contain adequate amounts of the high-quality trace minerals - supplements of the essential mineral iodine, is especially important in this regard. Diets must also include some seaweed as daily green food supplements. The problem is treated particularly well by the compounds found in seaweeds-these supplements can be considered as one of the most specific medicines in the treatment of menorrhagia. To treat a teenage girl reluctant to consume seaweed supplements, substitute the raw seaweeds by making her take daily doses consisting of sixteen to twenty capsules of the kelp - these refined seaweed capsules are odorless and easy to consume. In order to give her body enough time to deal with the sudden rush of minerals from the capsules, let her start taking the supplements slowly and then build up to the total amount or dosage over a period of time.
The Chinese herb dong quai can also be taken in the form of capsules on a daily basis to treat cases of menorrhagia. The use of this herb must be discontinued immediately when the actual bleeding stage is reached. Another great remedy is to take one fourth of a teaspoon of the tincture of the vitex herb, two times every day. The local herbal stores sell these herbal vitex tincture, alternately the tincture can also be prepared at home. Daily drinks of two to three cups of the Moon Time Tea can also greatly aid in bringing relief from menorrhagia.
Taking one fourth of a teaspoonful herbal tincture made of equal amounts of the herbs - shepherd's purse and yarrow, thrice a day one week before the menstrual cycle occurs can help in dealing with menorrhagia. These two herbs can be purchased at an herbal store in the form of a shepherd's purse or yarrow herbal tinctures; the alternate option is to prepare your own combination herbal formula by carefully following the tincture instructions. One week before menstruation starts, make sure to take this tincture in a very consistent manner-regular doses will ensure effective treatment from the condition and aid in preventing recurrences.
The tincture made form the combination shepherd's purse and yarrow tincture must be continually taken even when bleeding has started, but the frequency of the dosage, can then be increased to one eighth of a teaspoonful of herbal tincture once every hour or even once every thirty minutes in cases the bleeding is extensive. Another option it to drink a Shepherd's Purse / Yarrow Tea throughout the day during menstrual cycles marked by heavy flows of blood.
Other dietary changes which can be undertaken to help reduce the excessive menstrual flow include the consumption of the following food supplements on a regular basis.
The hizike - and the dulse are milder tasting seaweeds which can also be used in the diet along with the seaweeds mentioned earlier. For example, the strong taste of the kelp, while being excellent as a supplement, often puts the person off due to its fishy and strong smelling aftertaste. All of the seaweeds can be taken in the diet along with various types of cooked grains, seaweeds can be made into soups, into casseroles, and used raw or boiled in different salads. These supplements aid in nourishing and boosting the performance of the endocrine glands and have an incredibly high content of the many vital trace minerals and essential vitamins needed by the body. Seaweeds are also suggested as they are very specifically effective in promoting the health of the thyroid gland, this gland has a very prominent role in the regulation of menstrual flow in women-any food that boosts the performance of the thyroid is excellent in helping the woman deal with symptoms of menorrhagia.
Women affected by menorrhagia must also ensure that they take daily doses of a liquid-iron mineral supplement. The suggested dosage can be doubled for cases of menorrhagia, in which the bleeding tends to be particularly severe or heavy. The lowered mineral reserves and the depleted minerals are restored by regular doses of liquid iron supplements; this supplement also helps in building up the blood volume at the same time. Women commonly feel worn out, tired or drained following an excessive menstrual flow, this is not an uncommon feeling for menorrhagia patients. The importance of rebuilding and restoring the functioning of the system by eating foods which are rich in the mineral iron, in different vitamins, and in other essential minerals cannot be overemphasized for this reason. Patients must also make sure that they consume a lot of dark green and leafy vegetables, all sorts of root vegetables must also be in the diet, and diets should also contain many high quality protein foods, and different types of whole grains. Ideally the consumption of red meat must be avoided by women suffering from menorrhagia. The diet should be aimed at inducing holistic physical well-being and a sense of wholeness in the body. For the duration of one month, take some herbal Vita - Root Tea along with some Women's Power Capsules as regular or daily supplements. These two supplements are excellent for the effective functioning of the liver and the endocrine gland system-their presence in the body can help the woman deal with the condition. Patients must also strive to avoid consuming all types of refined foods; these can include various types of sweets, drinks that contain alcohol, tea and coffee which are high in caffeine, and nicotine. The consumption of these stimulants and foods can aggravate the problem. Drinking three cups of some herbal Flood Gates - Tea on a daily basis one week before the menstrual period can also help in dealing with excessive flows.
Moon time tea
Place four to six tablespoons of the herb mixture in a quart canning jar and cover with boiling water. Cover tightly and allow to infuse for at least twenty minutes (though the longer the better). Strain.
You may make several days' worth and store in a closed container in the refrigerator for ease of preparation. Though it's best to drink this liquid warm or at room temperature, it's fine to drink it cold.
Shepherd's purse / yarrow tea
- 2 parts nettle,
- 1 part shepherd's purse leaf/flower,
- 1/4 yarrow leaf/flower.
Use four to six tablespoons of herbs per quart of water. Place herbs in quart jar and cover with boiling water. Cover tightly and allow to infuse for at least twenty minutes (though the longer the better). Strain.
- 2 parts wild yam root,
- 2 parts sassafras and/or birch bark for flavor,
- 2 parts licorice root,
- 1 part cinnamon,
- 1 part burdock root,
- 1 part vitex,
- 3 parts dandelion root,
- 2 parts pau d'arco,
- 1 part comfrey root,
- 1 part ginger root,
- Optional: ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, licorice, or other pleasant-tasting herbs to taste.
Use four to six tablespoons of the herb mixture per quart of water. Place in cold water over a low heat and slowly bring to a simmer. Simmer gently for twenty minutes, keeping the pot covered all the while. Strain. Drink three to four cups daily for at least four months.
Women's power capsules
Mix the herb powders together and capsulate in "00" size capsules. Take two capsules three times daily during the month. Discontinue taking the capsules when you start to bleed and begin them again at the completion of your menstrual flow.
Flood gates - tea
- 2 parts shepherd's purse leaf,
- 1 part nettle leaf,
- 1 part yarrow flowers/leaf,
- 2 parts white oak bark.
Use four to six tablespoons of herb mixture per quart of water. Place herbs in cold water and slowly heat to a simmer. Simmer over low heat for twenty minutes. Strain.
Other beneficial herbs
- From Martina - Aug-13-2012
- The moon time tea has totally helped. I too have stopped eating large amounts of sugar and gluten. My goal is to reduce dairy. But I know that stress also makes my bleeding more severe. I have just come off of a 60 day bleeding period and I think this tea helped to stop the bleeding. Thank you for this shared knowledge.
- From Janette - 2010
- I'm getting good results with shepherd's purse tea during my cycle which can be debilitating heavy. The other thing that's been very effective is a limited dairy intake. And only grain-fed, medicine free diet beef and dairy. The thinking being that some dairy farmers give their cattle drugs that irritate their uteruses to produce more milk...and this in turn may irritate human uteruses.
- From Simone - 2010
- I have noticed that my stress level also effects the heaviness of my period quite a bit so I have begun to try different relaxation techniques and just keep reminding myself that I cannot control everything that happens in my life.
- From Claire - 2010
- I have found that the floodgates tea is effective, but you have to take it throughout the day before and during your cycle. So I recommend making it into a tincture.
- From Darlene - 2010
- I suffer from menorrhagia and have found that the more sugar and caffeine in my diet, the worse the problem. Also there is a direct relation with emotional stress and at times I have found that even a thought that I need to do something, no matter how trivial, has sparked a flare up.