Your cycle used to be regular, but now it is not. Nearly 1% of women experience irregular periods (also known as amenorrhea or skipped periods) –a condition that has many causes. Apart from pregnancy and starting/stopping oral contraceptives, amenorrhea can occur due to stress, improper diet, emotional trauma , menopause etc. Let us study 15 natural remedies for irregular periods.
1. Dried carrot powder (Daucus Carota)
This is one of the best known herbal remedies for irregular periods. You can make carrot powder at home by following the steps given here. The parts used for making carrot powder are the roots and ripe seeds of wild carrots. Carrot powder is a fantastic way of getting your daily vegetable servings and can also impart many other health benefits.
Dosage: Take 1-2 grams in form of tea twice daily.
2. Organic apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is indeed a superfood-many ailments described on our website include apple cider vinegar as one of the remedies. It helps fight inflammation which is often a root cause of irregular periods or amenorrhea. Apple cider vinegar also balances the ph levels of the body.
Dosage: Take 1-2 tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar every morning with some water/juice on an empty stomach. This remedy will also clear up your skin.
3. Homeopathic remedies for amenorrhea
Homeopathic remedies are generally administered after taking complete medical history of the patient. This branch of science relies on finding the exact cause of amenorrhea. A commonly prescribed homeopathic remedy for amenorrhea is Hormone Combination by Deseret Biologicals. It is completely safe, non-toxic and has no side effects. Many women have experienced not only lighter, pain-free periods with this formula, but also better sleep and reduced stress levels. Even menopausal women can use this medicine to curb hot flashes. Here are some more homeopathic remedies for amenorrhea:
- Belladonna- for cramps, headaches and bright red blood
- Ipecac- In case of bright red blood, heavy bleeding and nausea
- Aconite- to restart bleeding which has stopped due to emotional shock
- Ignatia- For bleeding that has stopped due to grief, trauma or loss
Dosage: 5-10 drops of Hormone Combination daily. For other remedies, seek the expert advice of a homeopath.
Saffron is an excellent remedy to fight stress and inflammation which can cause amenorrhea.
Dosage: One or two strands twice a day with milk or honey.
5. Vitex tincture or Chasteberry
Many women have benefitted from Chasteberry or Vitex. It is an excellent remedy for PCOS or poly cystic ovarian syndrome which causes irregular periods.
Dosage: Take Vitex regularly each morning (500-1000 mg) for at least 6 months. This will help you get rid of heavy, irregular and painful periods. This remedy is also prescribed for getting rid of PMS symptoms like headaches, bloating, breast tenderness etc.
6. Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium)
The tops of the feverfew plant are known for their analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make it an excellent remedy to get rid of aches, pains, bloating, breast tenderness and other symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. Feverfew has been used by herbalists for centuries to help women overcome irregular periods.
Dosage: Mix the tops of the flowers, leaves and fruits from the feverfew plant along with herbs like salvia and white hawthorn. Add 1 tbsp of the mixture to boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Drink every morning on empty stomach.
7. Wild yam
Wild yam is nature’s gift to women; it is especially beneficial to those suffering from pre-menopausal irregularities, cramps, bloating, headaches, vaginal dryness and hot flashes. This herb is easily available in the form of capsules and tinctures.
Dosage: Take capsules as per manufacturer’s instructions. You can also dry and grind wild yam and take 2 cups of the decoction daily.
8. Progesterone cream
Progesterone cream works just like Provers®-the conventional drug prescribed for amenorrhea-but without its harmful side effects. A good brand of Progesterone cream is ProGest Natural by Emerita which contains Aloe Vera, sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil etc .
Dosage: Apply a small amount (1 tsp) of the cream on the face, neck, breasts etc where it is easily absorbed into the skin.
9. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper regulates bleeding.
Dosage: Add a few grains to your herbal tea.
10. Cinnamon Bark
Cinnamon can control heavy menstrual flow.
Dosage: Take a teaspoonful daily in your coffee.
11. Strawberry and raspberry leaves
Both help regulate menstrual flow but need to be taken for prolonged periods of time. They can also help ease pain and cramping.
12. Lady’s Mantle
This herb regulates heavy menstrual bleeding. It is astringent in nature.
Dosage: Take three times daily or as needed.
Yarrow is a fantastic herb for healing menstrual irregularities.
Dosage: As directed by herbalists.
14. Other herbal teas
Peppermint tea can relieve bloating and pain. Thyme tea taken morning and evening can regulate menstrual irregularities. Thyme tea can also control heavy periods. Angelica root tea is ideal for starting delayed menses. Catnip tea taken in the morning and evening during periods can relieve pain, cramps and bloating.
15. Aromatherapy and essential oils
Lavender, Chamomile and Clary sage oils are known to relieve stress which causes amenorrhea. You can add a few drops of these to carrier oils like coconut or sweet almond oil and use them for massaging your back, abdomen and breasts. This will relieve painful symptoms of PMS. Also use these oils in a room oil-diffuser. To treat heavy menstrual flow, use essential oils like Geranium, Rose or cypress oil. You can also add the oils to your bath water to soak in.
Apart from these remedies, also take vitamin and mineral supplements. Often, deficiencies of Zinc and vitamin B 6 can lead to stoppage of menstruation. For heavy bleeding, take Iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin B 6.