written by: Cheryl Gabbert
• edited by: Lisa Lambson
• updated: 10/14/2009
If you've ever had problems with heavy menstrual bleeding, then you'll be interested in knowing that there are some tried and true natural remedies out there. Nobody likes the idea of invasive medical intervention, especially if the remedy is easy, and a matter of just taking a few supplements.
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Heavy menstrual bleeding can be more than just a bummer. It can disrupt your life and make work as well as play a whole lot harder. If your periods are heavy, first check with a doctor just to make sure there is no medical problem that needs to be addressed professionally. But if all is well and you are just suffering with heavier periods than you'd like, there are some all natural solutions that could lighten your menstrual flow.
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Yarrow, nettles, and shepard's purse are some herbs that have been used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. Vitex berries and red raspberry leaf can be used to make a tincture using 1/2 teaspoon of each. Herbal remedies can also boost your immune system. So there are other benefits as well.
You may also want to try a massage oil made from sage essential oil and regular vegetable oil. Rub the oil over your abdominal area.
Some herbalists recommend the use of chaste tree to normalize female hormones and control heavy bleeding.
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If you're anemic, you may suffer from heavier bleeding. Also, heavy bleeding will cause anemia. Either way, if your iron levels are low, try an all-natural iron supplement. There are some natural sources of iron that use spinach concentrate. Aim for 14mg per day. For better absorption, don't drink black tea with supplements or meals that contain iron.
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Vitamin Deficiencies & Solutions
Vitamin A: According to Dr. Marilyn Glenville, vitamin A deficiency has been a factor in many women who have experienced heavy menstrual bleeding. Vitamin A assists in normal cell reproduction and protects them against damage. This antioxidant is a well-known treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding. Take 25,000ui twice a day for 15 days in the form of beta carotene. This is a safer form of vitamin A if you're taking large doese.
Vitamin K deficiency can cause heavy menstrual periods. If you bleed heavily but don't see a lot of clotting and you bruise easily you could be suffering from vitamin k deficiency. Vitamin K is essential for proper clotting of the blood, so when this nutrient is lacking, you may experience heavy bleeding. It is best to get your vitamin K from foods rather than supplements. You'll find it in leafy, green vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and parsley.
Vitamin E has been used to treat heavy periods. Try 100iu a day, but avoid larger amounts, because larger doses can cause blood thinning effects.
Try taking vitamin C. One thousand mg per day can lessen the amount of blood lost during your period by strengthening the small blood vessels and capillaries in your body.