Various herbal remedies have been used to treat excessive menstrual bleeding. The goals of alternative therapies for excessive menstrual bleeding do not differ from that of conventional treatments - control of bleeding, prevention and treatment of anemia, and restoration of a favorable pattern of the menstrual cycle. It is important to take the correct dose of the herbal formulations, and therefore it is recommended to consult your doctor before taking up any alternative treatments.
Chaste tree (chaste berry): This is the best ever known herb used in the treatment of abnormal bleeding and hormonal imbalances in women. It has a progesterone-like action and increases the luteinizing hormone suppressing the release of follicle stimulating hormone. It may need several months to regulate your menstrual cycle as it is not a fast-acting herb.
Ginger: Traditionally, ginger was used as an anti-inflammatory agent, and this property helps reduce the flow during heavy menstruation.
Astringent herbs: These herbs belong to a category called tannin-containing plants, which can reduce blood loss related to the reproductive tract. These are used to reduce uterine as well as cervical bleeding. Shepherd’s purse has been used since a long time in the prevention or arrest of gynecological bleeding.
Traditional herbal uterine tonics: Tonic herbs are used to improve uterine tone, which may regulate your menstrual flow. In traditional herbal medicine, ragwort or life root has been used in the management of conditions such as menorrhagia and painful menstrual cramps. The root portion of blue cohosh may be used in combination with other astringent herbs to act as a uterine tonic that reduces bleeding and regulates your menstrual cycle.
Traditional herbs to treat blood loss: Yarrow has been traditionally known for its uterine stimulant nature and its effectiveness in the treatment of menstrual disorders. The Chinese herbal formulations that help in controlling excessive menstrual bleeding include Tripterygium wilfordii Hook f, Xiao Yao San – modified, also called Rambling Powder, and Dong-quai.
Another herb called wedelia calendulacea less, which contains isoflavanoids and wedelolactone that are similar structurally to the clover estrogen coumestrol may be used to treat menorrhagia and uterine hemorrhage. Other herbs useful in menorrhagia include: bayberry bark, also called wax myrtle and black cohosh.
The healthcare professionals who practice acupuncture or acupuncturists can identify specific points called “trigger points”, which are related to physiological and anatomical structures such as junctions of the peripheral nerves. These acupuncture points are thought to stimulate your central nervous system and cause the release of chemicals into your muscles, spinal cord, and brain. This leads to the release of hormones that can influence the self-regulating system of your body. Studies have shown the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of excessive menstrual bleeding.
Chiropractic treatments such as spinal manipulation and soft-tissue therapy have been found to be beneficial in menstrual disorders, mainly dysmenorrhea and chronic pelvic pain and premenstrual syndrome. Further clinical studies to find out the effect of spinal manipulation on excessive menstrual bleeding are required.