Menstrual irregularities pose as one of the most frequent gynecological complaints that can affect several aspects of a women’s wellbeing including their physical, mental and emotional health. Nowadays, many women have considered using alternative and complementary medicine as a mode of treatment for various menstrual irregularities in comparison to hormonal therapy due to complications.
The home remedies for amenorrhea include consumption of herbs such as angelica, blue and black cohosh, dill, false unicorn, fenugreek, lemon balm, chaste tree, chaste berry, horse gram, fennel, and cinnamon. These are some of the traditional remedies not only for amenorrhea but also for many other menstrual-related ailments.
Amenorrhea occurs when a woman of reproductive age experiences an absence of menstruation. Girls who have not begun to menstruate by age 15 or women who have missed 3 periods in a row are said to suffer from this condition.
Let’s look at some of the home remedies for amenorrhea that are easy to find, prepare, and consume, and do not have any side effects.
Home Remedies for Amenorrhea
Some of the herbs mimic estrogen-like effects and are sometimes used to treat menopausal symptoms. One should always consult their health care provider before using these herbs. This becomes even more crucial if you have a history of hormone-related cancer or suffering from diabetes or having a liver ailment.
Angelica root has traditionally been used in relief from amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea. Several studies show that it has significant effects on gynecological problems.
False unicorn is an herb that has traditionally been used very often as a medicine for women’s gynecological health and to cure infertility. Scientific studies have proved that false unicorn indeed has some infertility-curing properties. The root of the false unicorn has been shown to work in the body by interacting with estrogen receptor sites of the hypothalamus. It increases the production of estrogen, helping the ovaries in releasing a mature egg at ovulation.
When there is excess production of prolactin, the use of chaste tree may help in the normal functioning of the pituitary gland by reducing the prolactin levels, if taken for a prolonged period of 12 to 18 months. If you are under hormone therapy, use chaste tree only under your doctor’s supervision. Additionally, even otherwise one needs to be careful about its use as it may interact with a number of medications and may also render birth control pills ineffective.
Lemon balm is another herb that has been used historically in the treatment of amenorrhea and other menstrual problems. It promotes the menstrual cycle and eases menstrual cramps. It has also been used to treat migraines and headaches resulting from amenorrhea.
Blue and Black Cohosh
Blue cohosh is a plant that has been used in traditional medicine as it is a very good uterine and menstruation stimulant. Calulopsonin, a phytochemical present in this herb, provides stimulation for blood flow in the pelvic region to effectively treat amenorrhea and other gynecological diseases. Black cohosh has also been used in the treatment of amenorrhea. Studies have concluded its use to be safe, positive with low toxicity, with mild side effects and good tolerability.
Women who do not have regular periods can take dill to have periods on a regular basis. For centuries, dill has been used by women for enhancing the flow of breast milk. Dill weed is an herb that can be taken as a medicine and also incorporated for culinary purposes. Few studies reported that the use of sesame also known as dill helped in inducing menstruation without any significant side effects among women with severe oligomenorrhoea.
Sweet fennel is an herb which has a good effect on stimulating the menstrual cycle and has been found to be effective in premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It also helps in maintaining an optimum fluid balance in the body.
It is a good source of iron, protein, and vitamins. A decoction of seeds is given twice in a day for treating menstrual irregularities. One can also incorporate it in the form of a soup or sprouts in the daily diet
Fenugreek is considered to be a one-stop solution for many problems related to the menstrual cycle and reproduction. Fenugreek has been used with positive results in milk production, amenorrhea, and relief from menstrual cramps and hot flashes for generations.
Chasteberry is another herb that balances estrogen and progesterone hormones, which are very important in keeping the menstrual cycle on course. One study involving women with fertility disorders reported that patients receiving chaste berry achieved pregnancy more easily as compared to the women in the placebo group. These subjects received chaste berry twice daily for a period of three months. Although hormone levels did not differ in them in those women who were suffering from amenorrhea, pregnancy occurred twice as more often than in the group receiving placebo.
Cinnamon is a spice that has been traditionally used as a cure for amenorrhea. Studies suggest using cinnamon with honey to treat this condition. This spice is known to increase the serum progesterone level in the luteal phase thereby facilitating menstrual cycle regulation.
Saffron is an antioxidant that can act as a toxin-flushing and stress-reducing agent. Boiling a pinch of saffron in water, cooling it and drinking the water throughout the day is believed to clean up and soothe the body from the inside out to regularize menstruation. The therapeutic effects of saffron are attributed to its relaxant effect on smooth muscles. Studies have shown the relaxant effects of saffron and its constituents including safranal, crocin, crocetin, and kaempferol on blood vessels.