Hi Deenalirose. Your question:
"seek your advice on herbs that I could take to help strenghthen the uterus... do you have any suggestions? I have super heavy cycles with alot of clotting, the third day,which is my heaviest, and they run about 6-7 days. I am changing every hour, using two kinds of products (pads, and tampons) My cycles are very painful and the PMS before is awful, very moody, like jeckle and hyde. If you know of anything that would help I would really appreciate it. I think I am the only women looking forward to menopause!!! Thanks in advance" ****
I found a few points of reference for you to take a look at, I have not used these herbs - though I found some very interesting info while searching. Thank you for that. I think I will be getting some stinging nettle, or at least doing a bit more reading on it.
The post is a bit long, but at least it will give you a starting point to the actual sites.
Best luck in your search,
Excerpt: “Herbs that reduce bleeding and strengthen the uterus include red motherwort. It is best to avoid herbs that stimulate menstrual bleeding, such as don quai, unless a knowledgeable herbalist includes them in a formula designed for you.”
Excerpt: “Yarrow, shepherd's purse lessen menstrual bleeding by directing blood away from the pelvis. Although mainstream medical Science
never adopted the use of shepherd's purse, scientists learned in the late 1930s that this herb effectively decreases heavy periods. Where I live, all three of these herbs grow wild. In my garden, I also grow other herbs to slow menstrual bleeding—agrimony, used by the Chinese for this purpose, lady's mantle, vervain and red raspberry, which is thought to strengthen the uterus. Another herbal treatment is to rub on the lower belly a massage oil containing sage essential oil.
These herbs are good for a quick fix while you are bleeding heavily, but for long-term results treat the source of the problem by adjusting out-of-balance hormones with vitex. In the late 1950s, researchers began investigating how this herb helps women who have menstrual disorders. They used a product called Agnolyt—a tincture of dried vitex berries—which had been developed and patented in the 1930s by a German doctor, Gerhard Madaus, M.D. When women who had short but very heavy periods took Agnolyt, almost half of them started having completely normal menstrual cycles, and even more of them found that their periods were much more regular. Dr. Madaus wrote a manual on the use of vitex in which he described numerous studies that have been conducted on this herb. In the late 1980s, this book and accounts of other German studies were translated by herbal researcher and licensed acupuncturist Christopher Hobbs, who has also written a booklet about this herb called Vitex: The Woman's Herb.
When heavy bleeding leaves you feeling weak, see your doctor to make sure that it is not making you anemic. If you are suffering from anemia, see "Anemia" in chapter 58. If you experience cramping along with heavy bleeding, use the same herbs suggested for alleviating menstrual cramps—false unicorn root, cramp bark and American spikenard—to reduce the severity of both of the problems.
Menstrual Bleeding Tincture
1 teaspoon each tinctures of yarrow flower
½ teaspoon each tinctures of red vitex berry
Combine ingredients. Take half a dropperful every 15 to 30 minutes. This formula is most effective when made with fresh shepherd's purse. When dried, shepherd's purse loses some of its strength.
Sage Massage Oil
12 drops sage essential oil
Combine ingredients. Massage into lower belly a few times a day. ”
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Urtica dioica, Urtica urens
Some post-menopausal women tell me stinging nettle is so nourishing and energizing they find themselves unexpectedly having a normal menstrual flow after regular use of it.
The more usual effects of nettle are to:
• Nourish, strengthen, rebuild kidneys and adrenals
• Ease and eliminate cystitis, bloat, and incontinence
• Rehydrate dry vaginal tissues
Nettle has a miraculous ability to heal and restore adrenal/kidney functioning. Stories continue to make their way to me of women who have avoided dialysis, gotten off dialysis, and so repaired their kidneys that replacement surgery was canceled, thanks to sister stinging nettle. Nourish your post-menopausal adrenals with nettle infusion and they'll produce enough estrogen to keep you looking and feeling juicy.
• Nourish and energize the endocrine glands
• Nourish and rejuvenate the cardiovascular system
• Normalize weight
• Ease and prevent sore joints
• Relieve constipation and reduce hemorrhoids
• Nourish supple skin and healthy hair
Nettles' super supplies of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and micro-nutrients nourish every bit of you, encouraging optimal functioning in all aspects of your being. Nettle influences hormones through its wealth of lipids (triglycerides, fatty acids, tocopherols, sterols, galactosyl-diglycerides) and restores health to the cardiovascular system burdened with cardiac edema and venous insufficiency.1
• Create strong, flexible bones
Nettle infusions, vinegars, and soups are fantastic sources of calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, and zinc: the strong bone sisters. Nettles are also a source of vitamin D, a crucial nutrient for flexible, healthy bones.
• Stabilize blood sugar
Rich in chromium, manganese, and other nutrients restorative to glandular functioning, nettles, I suspect, help prevent adult-onset diabetes.
• Reduce fatigue and exhaustion; improve stamina
Nettles nourish your energy at the deepest possible levels with intense supplies of iron, chlorophyll, and copper.
• Reduce and eliminate headaches
• Nourish and support the immune system, prevent cancer
• Nourish and heal the digestive system
• Nourish and strengthen the nervous system
Nettles are an optimum source of the vitamins critically important for health: vitamin B complex (especially thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin), carotenes (vitamin A), and vitamin C (ascorbates and bioflavonoids).
Enjoy cooked nettle greens all spring, but be sure to harvest and dry enough for winter-time infusions, too. I pick nettles only before they flower. Fresh leaves steeped in olive oil impart a rich taste and innumerable healing qualities to the oil. Nettles make a great vinegar, too.
Dosage: Infusion of dried herb, 1-4 cups/250-1000 ml, a day.
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“If your cycles are difficult or you have PMS, balance your hormones before things get worse. Watchful waiting is not the best choice.
Reducing excess estrogen levels ("estrogen dominance") is a critical part of any attempt to avoid unnecessary hysterectomies, as well as other serious problems like cancer. Approaches are varied and surprisingly effective for many women.
* If you are overweight, do something about it. Because fat cells convert other substances into estrogen, extra weight increases estrogen levels. Fibroids in obese women may not shrink after menopause. (What causes weight gain is a complicated topic, and beyond the scope of this article.)
* Avoid foreign estrogens (xenoestrogens). Many chemicals, pesticides and pollutants double as strong estrogens in the body, skewing the balance. Hormones added to commercial meat, poultry and dairy are definitely unwanted.
* Eating a variety of fresh, whole foods increases your intake of compounds with weak estrogen-like activity (phytoestrogens). These mitigate high estrogen levels. There are many herbal phytoestrogens as well.
* Sometimes the problem isn't excess estrogen, but rather, a compromised ability to clear estrogen. Fiber can help (especially flax, rye, buckwheat, millet, oats and barley). Your liver changes estrogen into a harmless metabolite so it can be excreted. If you've had hepatitis or taken drugs, your liver needs extra support (options include Milk Thistle and increasing your intake of cabbage family vegetables).
* Women with hormonal problems are often advised to reduce their intake of saturated fat from animal products. I have no proof, but I suspect the real reason some improve on this regimen is that they are not ingesting the xenoestrogens concentrated in the fats of commercially-raised animals.
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and here is a reference site you may want to check out as well:
I also noticed several mentions of Castor Oil as very beneficial for the Uterus health, heavy bleeding and cramps. This one I would say to try for sure, as I am such a big believer in the healing qualities of Castor Oil. You can go ahead and visit the castor oil forum for loads of info there.
I hope you find some good info in one or several of these sites, and can find something that will help you get some relief.
I started a new thread hoping you would not miss the post.