7 Herbs for Heavy Periods

Natural remedies for heavy menstrual bleeding

Most women lose between 30 to 40 ml of blood during their period, but if you’re experiencing excessive menstrual bleeding, you may have menorrhagia.

Menorrhagia is defined as abnormally heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding.

Women with menorrhagia commonly lose up to 80 ml or more of blood during their period, which can have a huge impact on their life, energy levels and ability to work.

In this article I’ve listed 7 herbs that help to balance the hormones and reduce heavy period flow.

Important Note: It’s important to check with your doctor to rule out polyps, fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease and endometriosis, which can cause heavy uterine bleeding.

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Herbs for heavy periods

Periods are considered to be abnormally heavy when:

  • You’re experiencing flooding
  • You need change your pads or tampons every 1 to 2 hours for several hours
  • You need to wear two pads at once
  • You’re passing large clots [1]

Heavy menstrual bleeding is usually caused by too much estrogen, also known as estrogen dominance, which thickens the uterine lining.

Heavy periods are most common in teenagers and peri-menopausal women, when hormones are unbalanced, but women can experience menorrhagia at any time during their childbearing years.

Here are 7 herbs that can help to reduce heavy menstrual flow naturally.

These herbs should not be taken alongside hormonal birth control, hormone replacement therapy or fertility medication.

7 HERBS FOR HEAVY PERIODS

1. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties but it’s also helpful for reducing excessive menstrual bleeding and associated cramping.

A 2014 study on the effect of ginger supplementation on heavy menstrual bleeding in teenage girls found that menstrual blood loss dramatically declined after three cycles in participants that were taking ginger supplements.

The researchers concluded that ginger can be considered as an effective treatment option for heavy menstrual bleeding. [2]

Try drinking ginger tea and consider taking ginger capsules.

2. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow is an herb that has been used for centuries for treating bleeding wounds.

It’s also very effective for the treatment of menstrual problems, in particular to stop heavy menstrual bleeding.

You can drink yarrow tea or try yarrow capsules.

Herbs for heavy menstrual bleeding

3. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)

Cinnamon is a popular spice that is commonly used in India for menstrual problems.

Cinnamon helps to stop heavy periods and abnormal bleeding by increasing substances in the blood that cause blood platelets to clump.

Cinnamon also helps to reduce excess menstrual bleeding by directing blood flow away from the uterus.

A 2014 study found that supplementation with cinnamon capsules (420mg taken 3 times daily) significantly reduced period pain, the amount of menstrual bleeding, nausea and vomiting in the female college students taking part in the study. [3]

I like these cinnamon capsules because they contain 1200mg per serving

4. Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Shepherd’s Purse is a powerful astringent herb that helps to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding. [4]

Uterine astringent herbs help to tighten the tissues of the uterus to normalize blood flow.

You can take Shepherd’s Purse extract for a week before your period and during your period to reduce heavy bleeding.

Herbal remedies for heavy periods

5. Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)

Vitex, also known as Chaste Berry or Chaste Tree is one of the best known hormone balancing herbs.

It helps to balance estrogen and progesterone levels in the body which is helpful for women with estrogen dominance.

The symptoms of estrogen dominance include heavy or long periods (longer than 7 days), short menstrual cycles (shorter than 25 days) and severe PMS symptoms including irritability, fatigue, mood swings, anger, depression and anxiety.

Vitex is helpful for relieving PMS symptoms in younger women, but it can also help to balance the hormones and lessen heavy bleeding during the early stages of menopause.

A research study conducted on 57 women with severe menstrual bleeding who were treated with Vitex showed a considerable reduction in bleeding at the end of the study.

Vitex is available in a liquid extract or capsules.

6. Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)

Nettle leaf is an herb used for the treatment of anemia, which is common is women with menorrhagia.

Nettle leaf contains blood building nutrients including iron, vitamin C, calcium, and chlorophyll.

Nettle leaf is available in tea or capsules.

Nettle leaf herb

7. Tienchi ginseng (Panax notoginseng)

Tienchi ginseng is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to assist with heavy periods and other health issues related to blood flow including nosebleeds and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Tienchi ginseng is helpful for invigorating the blood, reducing stagnation and normalizing blood flow.

Tienchi ginseng is available in capsules.

DIM (Diindolylmethane)

DIM is a phytonutrient derived from broccoli and although it isn’t an herb, I’ve included it in this list for its powerful ability to remove excess estrogen from the body.

Helping the body to metabolize excess estrogen is a key strategy for reducing heavy menstruation.

DIM supplements can help to get hormone levels back into balance after a couple of months of supplementation.

It’s also a good idea to include lots of cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage in your diet to assist with estrogen clearance.

Broccoli

Hormone Testing

If you think you may have a hormonal imbalance and you’d like to check your hormone levels without needing to see a doctor, you can order a test online from Walk-In Lab.

You can then visit a local lab at a time that suits you and your results will be available online within one to two days.

Hormone #1 Baseline Blood Test Panel for Women includes tests for Estradiol, Progesterone, Cortisol, Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Testosterone and DHEA,s.

See the hormone tests available here

So there’s my list of natural remedies for heavy periods.

These herbs work well for reducing menstrual bleeding, but it may take up to three months before seeing changes.

In the meantime, you may like to try a menstrual cup, which can hold more blood than a pad or tampon, and it’s less likely to leak.

You can also try period panties that are designed to prevent leaks during heavy blood flow.

Have you tried any herbs for heavy periods? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a qualified Nutritionist and Herbal Medicine Practitioner. I have a passion for all things natural, healthy and holistic. I created this blog to share my knowledge and inspire women who are looking for natural health solutions. Read more

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