Herbs For Women’s Health
Herbs For Women’s Health
Nature has provided us with a wide variety of herbs for women’s health. Healing herbs have always has a special appeal for women. Throughout history, it is women who have generally been responsible for the primary health care of their families, women who have ministered to the sick, women who have nursed the convalescent. And for these countless generations of amateur or highly skilled practitioners, herbs were gentle but effective medicines that could be grown in their own gardens, or gathered from nearby woods and fields. The following is a list of herbs for women’s health.
The herbal expertise handed down from mother to daughter included remedies and strengthening tonics for all the ailments incidents to the seasons of a woman’s life: problems of puberty and menstruation, fertility and conception, of pregnancy and childbirth, the care of babies and children and the menopause.
The following is a brief look at 20 different herbs that are beneficial to women’s health on her journey through life:
1. Black Cohosh
Renowned and well-studied as a menopause herb, black cohosh also helps ease PMS-related pain. It is powerful painkiller and put to good used during childbirth. It is specific for nervine and muscle pain. It is also one of the best remedies for reflex mammary pains during pregnancy, mastitis, and for ovarian and uterine pain. It is an ideal regulator of uterine contractions during childbirth. It has been used for painful periods, sore and inflammatory conditions of the of the reproductive tract, infections and lack of functional power in the uterus leading to infertility. Never use in early pregnancy.
2. Wild Yam
A classic liver tonic, wild yam has a significant effect on balancing female hormones and eases morning sickness. It was traditionally used for easing menstrual cramps and because of it anti-spasmodic action can be used for any kind of muscular spasm such as ovarian and uterine pain. It has been used for any type of cramping in pregnancy, particularly when it is related to stress and tension. It has also been traditionally used in threatened miscarriage and in nausea in pregnancy.
A classic women’s herb used for menopause symptoms, heart support, and painful or delayed menstruation. Motherwort is predominantly a womb remedy, for painful, delayed or supressed periods, and also to prepare for child birth. If taken 2 to 3 times daily, in the last few weeks of pregnancy, it encourages more co-ordinated contractions of the uterus when otherwise they could be painfully spasmodic or insufficient. As the name suggests its traditional use comes from its reputation for soothing stress and tension during pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. It has a reputation for preventing miscarriage and relieving false labour pains. Emotionally it can be used to support a grieving heart.
This common garden plant helps reduce hot flashes and regulate mood swings during menopause. Sage will enhance the immune system and help to prevent infections and auto-immune problems. It is a tonic to the nervous system and has been used to enhance strength and vitality. It has a tonic effect on the female reproductive tract, and is recommended for delayed or scanty menstruation or lack of periods, menstrual cramps and infertility. It has an estrogenic effect, excellent for menopausal problems, especially hot flashes and night sweats. It stops the flow of breast milk so is excellent for weaning.
Known in mythology and history as a sacred herb, it relieves hormone-related anxiety and restores energy. It is a wonderful tonic for the nervous system, calming the nerves and easing tension. It can be taken to relieve anxiety, to lift depression and for stress related problems such as headaches and migraines as well as nervous exhaustion. During lactation vervain increase the flow of breast milk and because it brings on menstruation and stimulates uterine contractions its best avoided during pregnancy.
6. Panax Ginseng (Asian)
A famous tonic for men, ginseng is restorative and energizing for women, too, especially during menopause. It acts on the pituitary gland and stimulates the adrenal glands and by enhancing the function of the nervous system it increases mental performance, concentration and memory and decreases fatigue. It has a reputation as a rejuvenating tonic, a longevity herb, delaying the aging process. It has a stimulating action on sexual energy, particularly if low libido is associated with stress or general debility. It can be used to reduce nervous tension and anxiety, and for nervous exhaustion and depression. It can be sued during menopause where stress is contributing to symptoms such as hot flushes.
7. Cramp Bark
Acts as a uterine sedative and a tonic at the same time. It is traditionally used where there is a tendency to mis-carry and to prepare the uterus for childbirth. However, Cramp Bark is a strong anti-spasmodic recommended for relieving cramps and spasmodic uterine pains, uterine irritability, over-strong contraction, false labour pains and after pains. It is a specific remedy pain in the uterus whether during pregnancy and childbirth or during menstruation- it can be used to relieve period pains.
An all-purpose heart tonic, hawthorn strengthens the cardiac muscle and eases heartache and mild depression. It has a vasodilatory effect, opening the arteries and thus improving blood supply to all tissues of the body, making it an excellent remedy for high blood pressure. In addition it has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, relieving stress and anxiety, calming agitation, restlessness, and nervous palpitations and inducing sleep in those suffering with insomnia.
By tonifying the liver (which produces hormones), dandelion root eases a variety of women’s imbalances. Often combined with burdock and milk thistle. The whole plant can be used as a medicine and is highly nutritious. It is most famous as a gentle detoxifying bitter tonic, increase elimination of toxins, waste and pollutants through the liver and kidneys, cleansing the blood and tissue.
10. Vitex Agnus Castus (Chaste Tree Berry)
With a normalizing effect on women’s hormones, vitex treats conditions like menstrual irregularity, PMS, and infertility. It has the ability to stimulate the pituitary gland, particularly in relation to the female sex hormones. It has a normalising effect on the female hormone balance.. It supports the ovaries in its work of producing hormones in the second half of the menstrual cycle. In practice, it appears to have more progesteronic than estrogenic action making it a fine remedy for PMS and a range of menstrual and gynaecological problems that are related to hormone imbalance. It can be used for painful periods, heavy bleeding, fibroids, and to re-establish hormone balance after stopping using the contraceptive pill. It s a good remedy for menopausal problems and because it had a calming and relaxing effect it can be used for and emotional distress associated with the reproductive system such as PMS or menopausal depression.
A renowned herb, licorice balances cycles and restores energy. Avoid large quantities if you have hypertension, during pregnancy or kidney issues, or if you take heart medicine. It has an affinity for the endocrine system, especially as an adrenal gland tonic. Licorice has mild estrogenic properties- very helpful during the menopause. Possibly by its action on the adrenal glands it has the ability to improve resistance to stress, it can be used during times of emotional or physical stress, or when feeling tired and run down.
With warming, stomach-soothing properties, this rhizome eases menstrual cramps and morning sickness. It has a stimulating effect on the heart and circulation creating a feeling of warmth and well-being and restoring vitality. In the uterus it promotes menstruation, useful for delayed and scanty periods as well as cloths. It relaxes spasm and relieves painful ovulations and periods and is recommended to invigorate the reproductive system. Ginger also inhibits clotting and thins the blood’ it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
13. Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis)
Often called “female ginseng,” this traditional Chinese herb builds strong blood and tones the uterus. It is the best Chinese tonic herb for women, it is used to tonify the reproductive system and maintain normal function of the sex organs. It regulates hormones, menstruation, brings on delayed or supressed periods, relieve menstrual cramps and can be used during menopause. It increases circulation and relieves congestion of the pelvic area. As a tonic it is recommended in convalescence and to speed recovery and increase energy after childbirth.
Rich in vitamins and minerals, nettle nourishes the reproductive system, making it a great nutritive tonic for all the body. As a galactagogue herb it stimulates milk production. It also makes a good restorative tonic during the menopause. It has been found to reduce blood sugar levels and a tincture of the seeds is said to raise thyroid function and reduce goitre.
15. Lady’s Mantle
Rich in astringent tannins and nutrients, Lady’s Mantle has an affinity for the female reproductive tract. It’s astringent tannins help to reduce heavy periods, particularly useful around menopause, while as a uterine stimulant and emmenagogue it stimulates menstrual flow and can be used to stimulate contraction during child birth. It can be used to relieve period pains and to regulate periods and was a traditional remedy for inducing sleep.
16. Raspberry Leaf
Rich in minerals, raspberry leaf is a classic fertility and pregnancy tonic and helps treat uterine prolapse. It has both relaxing and toning or astringent actions with a particular affinity for the uterine. It’s stimulating properties help to strengthen and tone the uterine and pelvic muscles while its relaxing and more soothing properties relax the uterus at the same time. Throughout history, raspberry leaves have been used principally to encourage a safe, easy and speedy childbirth, as well as afterwards to stimulate milk production and to speed recovery from childbirth.
17. Oat Tops
The green milky tops of the oat plant nourish the reproductive and nervous systems. Substitute oatstraw if necessary. They are a wonderful tonic and act as a food for the nervous system and are particularly recommended for nervous exhaustion, depression, lethargy and weakness. Oats can be taken during difficult times as a preventative and protective herb to enhance your ability to cope with stress.
18. Partridge Berry
This herb tones and strengthens the uterine and pelvic muscles, and primes them for contraction. It also relaxes the uterus and stops uterine cramping during pregnancy while acting a s a tonic generally to the nervous system. It helps to relieve back pain during pregnancy and is recommended particularly for anxiety and tension during pregnancy.
19. False Unicorn
It has a long tradition as an excellent ovarian and uterine tonic. It was used specifically for uterine weakness and over-relaxation, a feeling of downward pressure in the pelvis, often associated with irritability and depression. It has been used to treat infertility in women and impotence in men. It has a balancing effect on sex hormones helping to relieve many disorders of the reproductive tract, menstrual irregularities and pre-menstrual syndrome, which are related to hormone imbalance.
20. Lemon Balm
In the reproductive system, Lemon Balm relaxes spasms causing period pain, and relieves irritability and depression associated with PMS. It also regulates periods and has been traditionally used to relax and strengthen women during childbirth and bring on afterbirth. Both postnatal and during menopause lemon balm can help relieve depression.
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