A Handful of Herbal Treatments for Dysmenorrhea

March 29th, 2009 § 1 comment

a purple garden variety of black cohosh

a purple garden variety of black cohosh

Dysmenorrhea is basically period pain. Doctors will often diagnose period pain as “primary dysmenorrhea”, which means the pain cannot be contributed to any other cause or disease. The typical method for dealing with period pain within the viagra online india medical model is prescribing hormonal birth control. Much less infrequently pain medications are prescribed; over-the-counter pain-relievers are typically suggested.

Dysmenorrhea is not just a case of “grin and best online generic levitra bear it”. It can seriously effect a woman’s ability to http://www.hrwf.net/female-viagra-cheap function in her daily life. While I am a big fan of resting, nourishing, and turning inwards during the moon time, I acknowledge that there are many woman who’s life is not set up to take such personal time (or rather our society is not set up to take such personal time). And besides, pain is online ordering cialis pain, and for most everything besides menstruating and childbirth, we see pain as a sign that something is wrong with the body. Most women I know with dysmenorrhea can’t help but wonder if something is wrong with their body when their uterus is cramped.

Pain and symptoms vary from woman to woman, so it is important to treat the individual, not the condition.
Furthermore, pain and symptoms vary from month to month, as harmony within the menstrual cycle is reached through a process of changes and adjustments. Therefore, herbal formulas should be updated accordingly. At the same time, keep in mind that when working with the endocrine system treatment should be for at least 3 months but often as long as a year or more. Each month the ovaries alternate hormone production, so to ensure an herbal treatment (or conventional, for that matter) is effective let the left, then right, then back to left ovaries do their thing (thus the http://www.uyoug.org.uy/getting-cialis 3 month recommendation). I also think a quarter of a year is a fair time frame to viagra uk'>viagra uk let your body, mind and spirit go through their natural cycles a number of link for you cialis dose time, establish rhythms, process emotions, and adjust to physical surroundings and seasons.

It may be tempting to stop taking herbs after a month or so when you a) notice an improvement and levitra uk'>levitra uk b) don’t see any improvement. At this time, especially if you are in the “b” category, keep on! Figure out your dosages and preparations and stick with them. Tinctures? Teas? How often? When I was fist getting into herbs I would stop treatments when I felt they were not working, “so why bother?”, I thought. While it was true they weren’t making horrible cramps disappear, there were many other benefits to be had. Some signs of improvement may be a more regular cycle, less PMS, pre-bleeding spotting, blood clots, nausea, teeth-shattering (yes, some women find they shiver and their teeth-shatter..sounds like a cold condition to me!), more energy and vitality, and simply better able to cope with their cycle no matter how tumultuous it may be.

When creating a formula for dysmenorrhea, you may wish to include: (from Ruth Tricky in Woman, Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle)

  • A uterine tonic, as they normalize the uterine tissue
  • Antispasmodics, relaxing, pain-relieving, prostaglandin-inhibiting herbs based on symptoms
  • Emmenagogues may be used with late or slow starting periods
  • Most always use warming herbs
  • Don’t forget to canada cialis no prescription balance emotional and mental tension with nervines, and treat any other body system that may be out of balance and women cialis aggravates dysmenorrhea

Uterine tonics
Regulates and normalizes the uterine tissue. Add when there is levitra tablets'>levitra tablets a heavy, dragging type of pain, pain towards the end of the cycle, some types of pain during sex (of a congested, heavy nature). They often provides nutrition, minerals and can be astringents so the cialis legal do actually tone (by precipitating excess proteins in cell walls).

Examples: Raspberry leaf, nettle, shepherd’s purse, lady’s mantle, ect…

Warming herbs
Improves the action of antispasmodic herbs when the period if aggravated by cold, relived by heat, lower abdomen feels relatively cool to the touch, relived by movement of http://www.uyoug.org.uy/levitra-by-mail the hips.

Examples: Ginger, cinnamon can be added to other herbal formulas, or taken alone, but drink them warm. Many Chinese patent formulas include cinnamon to warm the interior and promote a healthy circulation of blood.
Ginger tea – grate or chop 1 inch of ginger into a saucepan. Add about 2 1/3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to low simmer, cover. Simmer for 20 minuets. Turn off heat and let cool slightly before straining and drinking. You may add honey to taste and sip while emerged in a hot bath; doesn’t that sound divine?

Hormone regulating herbs
The goal here is to look there buying levitra without prescription regulate the hormones, which reduceds pain by indirect action on http://www.sthelenas1712.org/viagra-info prostaglandins.

Examples: Vitex angus-castus (chastetree berries) is very useful for congestive dysmenorrhea, and pain with PMS. A picky herb about dosing…when I get the correct does I will let you know. Everyone seems to have different suggestions.
Paeonia lactiflora (peony), Cimicifugia racemosa (black cohosh) are both antispasmodics and viagra tablet have the just try! cheapest viagra ever potential to competitively inhibit the activity of estrogen.Verbena officinalis (blue vervain) is a sedative, traditionally used for menstrual disorders with a hormonal origin. Schisandra berries.

Blue vervain flowers close up

Blue vervain flowers close up

Nervines
These are relaxing herbs, used for both physical and mental/emotional tension or anxiety accompanying pain.They potentate antispasmodic and pain-killing herbs, as some are antispasmodics themselves.

Examples: Valerian, peony, corydalis, vervain, chamomile, agrimony, hops, lemon balm, lavender…

Anodynes
These have analgesic effects. Much weaker than conventional analgesics, so they must be prescribed with other herbs that actually attempt to correct the imbalance. I don’t think anodynes work on all systems and complaints, except for corydalis.
Examples: Wild lettuce, pulsatilla, corydalis, valerian, feverfew (463)…

Don’t over look the liver
Congestive period pain with heavy, dull, dragging pain has historically been treated with liver herbs and bitters, as well as those who are “irritable, hot-headed, constipated, headaches, heavy fiery-red flow”. Liver herbs most likely work through an indirect effect on hormone imbalance by improving the liver’s ability to excrete estrogen from the bowel and through the liver and bile.

Examples: Barberry and similar viagra'>similar viagra other bererine-containing herbs are useful, as are many other ‘liver’ herbs like dandelion root, burdock, Oregon grape, yellow dock. Yellow dock and dandelion in particular (especially when combined with blackstrap molasses) can encourage the body to use iron stores more efficiently, thus relieving fatigue following blood loss.

References:

Tricky, Ruth. Woman, Hormones, and the Menstrual Cycle.

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