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Herbal Treatments for Irregular Periods

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Nicki Wolf has been writing health and human interest articles since 1986. Her work has been published at various cooking and nutrition websites. Wolf has an extensive background in medical/nutrition writing and online content development in the nonprofit arena. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University.
Herbal Treatments for Irregular Periods
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Overview

An irregular period can make it difficult to plan out your life, from vacations to shopping trips. Your physician may recommend that you consider going on birth control pills, which can put your body on a strict schedule for your monthly cycle. There are natural options that can help you regulate your menstrual bleeding, including herbal treatments. Consult your doctor before taking any herbal remedies to ensure your safety.

Asafetida

Long in use as an ayurvedic herbal treatment for a range of conditions from spasms to flatulence, asafetida can also provide benefits in terms of making your period more regular. The Ayushveda website notes that proponents believe this strong-smelling plant encourages your body to produce more progesterone. This hormone plays a vital role in your menstrual cycle, according to The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library; if you're experiencing a hormonal imbalance, introducing a higher level of progesterone can even out your hormone levels and trigger your body to menstruate. Go Herbal Remedies recommends taking asafetida with clarified butter after frying both, accompanied by a glass of buttermilk or soup. This should be ingested on a daily basis to regulate your period, although no scientific evidence exists to confirm the effectiveness of asafetida for this purpose. Drugs.com notes that a safe dosage of asafetida is 200 to 500mg per day.

Agnus Castus

Agnus castus, also known as chasteberry, has served as an herbal treatment for gynecological problems for thousands of years, according to the Herbal Wisdom website. While used to treat atypically heavy bleeding, menopause symptoms and the labor and delivery process, agnus castus can also help you regulate your menstrual cycle. "Natural News for Women" reports that agnus castus balances your hormones, and notes that it rates as the best herbal treatment for irregular periods. It works by triggering your pituitary gland to release hormones vital to regular ovarian function when taken regularly. Some studies have confirmed the benefits of agnus castus for easing premenstrual syndrome symptoms, but very little evidence exists to support the use of agnus castus for menstrual irregularities. In Germany, where agnus castus is approved as a treatment for irregular menstruation, physicians recommend a dosage of 30 to 40mg of dried berries, according to the Nutrasanus website.

Blue Cohosh

Taking blue cohosh can provide benefits if you suffer from an irregular period. The Herbs2000 website reports that this herbal remedy found use among Native American tribes to help with labor and delivery, ease heavy menstrual bleeding and regulate the menstrual cycle. Home Remedies Digest notes that this herb works by dilating blood vessels in the uterus and encouraging improved circulation in the pelvic area, stimulating menstruation. Take blue cohosh before your menstrual period should occur for best results. No clinical trials have proven that blue cohosh can effectively regulate your period, but the Peace Health website indicates a safe dosage of this herb ranges from 300 to 1,000mg of whole herb daily or 1 to 2 mL of tincture taken three times daily.

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