This article is solely for women. If you are a woman who wants to maintain a healthy uterus and fallopian tubes, endometrium with regular menstrual periods then this is just for you!
Endometrium and Menstruation
Endometrium is a special type of tissue that lines the uterus. During menstruation the endometrium thickens preparing the uterus for the fertilization of the egg. This thickening of the uterine wall happens with the rise and growth of the female reproductive hormone called estrogen. At the same time, one of the two ovaries releases a matured egg. The egg finds its way down to the uterus through the fallopian tube and remains there for about 24 hours ready to be fertilized. If the sperm fertilizes the egg the woman gets pregnant.
And if conception does not occur this layer of uterine wall is shed through the vagina while the egg is broken apart. This shedding of the uterine lining or endometrium is what we know as menstruation. A menstrual cycle refers to the first day of menstruation to the first day of the next period. Though an average menstrual cycle is 28 days it may vary from person to person. In adults it may occur between 21 to 35 days and in teens, from 21 to 45 days. If your menstrual cycle does not have a pattern then you have a problem.
Amenorrhea (lack of menstrual period), Dysmenorrhea (painful periods) and abnormal vaginal bleeding other than menstruation are the menstrual disorders women normally face. A healthy reproductive system will not have heavy, scanty bleeding or severe pain during menstrual periods. In order to alleviate the pain, women generally rely on the over the counter drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen and more. Some others may benefit with a hot water bag on their abdomen. We know that taking medications for every other discomfort in our body is not a wise idea. They do not address the problems but suppress the symptoms. Prolonged use of pain relievers can cause liver damage, gastrointestinal problems, affect the kidneys and worsen high blood pressure. It is then that alternative health care comes to our aid.
Herbs That Support Women’s reproductive Health
Try the natural way to support your reproductive health and to maintain a holistic balance in the body.
- Chaste berry is not as chaste as it sounds. It does not have anything to do with chastity or decreased sexual desire. On the other hand, the fruits of the chaste berry trees are a great remedy for PMS symptoms and for regulating the menstrual periods. Both pills and extracts of chaste berry are available in the market. Minor side effects like stomach aches and rashes are associated with chaste berry.
- A great “female ginseng”, Don Quai is used in Chinese medicine to ease menstrual cramps, to relieve the mood swings, soothe PMS symptoms and to relive vaginal dryness in women. A wonderful female herb, it regulates estrogen levels and helps to maintain a regular period pattern. Most of the herbs including Don Quai should not be administered during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Women with heavy cycles should not use Don Quai.
- For a healthy liver Milk thistle works great. Other than for liver health, milk thistle is generally used for female hormonal problems, varicose veins, PMS and as a mild mild laxative to detoxify your system.
Consistent use of these herbal remedies can lessen your menstrual problems, promote your liver health and act as a general tonic for a healthy body. Do some research on your own and try which herb works best for you!