When it comes to your menstrual period, many factors come into play. Your diet, weight, physical activity, stress level, etc. all have some bearing on whether or not things will function as they should. When there are chemical or hormonal imbalances, you may experience irregular periods, sustained heavy bleeding, heavy cramping, etc. – or no period at all.
Of course, you should notify your doctor of any problems you are having with menstruation, but these are some herbal solutions and tips that may also be beneficial to you.
Recommended Herbs to Regulate Your Cycle
Vitex – This herb has a way of bringing fluctuating hormones (one of the primary reasons women’s periods go awry) back into balance. Vitex works by stimulating the brain so that the two primary female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, are released in appropriate amounts. Once this problem is corrected, irregular periods usually return to normal. Vitex is safe to use and works well. All it takes is 1-2 teaspoons daily to do the trick.
Dong Quai – Donq quai is a Chinese herb plant that also makes the menstrual period less troublesome. It soothes menstrual cramps, calms PMS and menopause symptoms and gives women a little extra energy throughout the day. The herb is often sold in tea form or capsule form; one or two cups of tea per day or one to two capsules twice a day for a couple of months should give the herb time to make a significant impact.
Marjoram – This herb, often confused with oregano, is native to the Mediterranean. It is known for its strong scent and taste, but little known as a tonic that helps to regulate the menstrual period. What’s a bit surprising, though, is that in this case the herb’s essential oils are applied topically to the abdomen rather than taken by mouth.
Marjoram oil is massaged into the skin on a regular basis to help bring hormones under control. The herb is so powerful that the scent alone may relax you, while the oil penetrates through the skin.
Weight can also be an issue. If you’re significantly overweight or underweight, your periods may become irregular. Overweight women may stop ovulating or menstruating altogether. This could be due in part to the fact that overweight women often develop polycystic ovarian disease, in which eggs fail to evacuate the ovaries during the cycle of menstruation and ovulation. As such, the cycle is halted or stagnated.
If this occurs as a result of excessive weight gain, losing weight can get things moving again. Overweight women should also drink lots of water and exercise as much as possible, as well as bump up their intake of vitamin B6 (which plays an active role in metabolism) to about 50 mg daily.