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Are There Herbs to Stop Your Period?

by
author image Nicki Wolf
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.
Are There Herbs to Stop Your Period?
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Overview

Menstruation is a natural part of your monthly cycle, but experiencing your period at an inconvenient time can be frustrating. Your physician may recommend using birth control pills to time your menstrual period, but there are also natural ways to suppress menstrual bleeding or change the timing of your cycle. A variety of herbs may stop your period, giving you more control over your schedule. Most herbal remedies to stop your period are not scientifically proven, and since herbs can interact with medications you must consult your physician before taking herbal remedies. Never take any herbal preparations if there is a chance you may be pregnant.

Angelica

Long used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms, angelica may prove beneficial in helping you time your period. The Trying to Conceive website lists it as an herb that that may suppress menstrual bleeding, although no scientific evidence confirms this use. If there's any chance you could be pregnant, avoid using this herbal remedy--the Herbal Infusions website notes that taking angelica can result in a miscarriage, and Medline Plus points to a possible correlation between angelica and birth defects. There is no research on safe dosages of angelica, also known as dong quai. Medline Plus indicates that this herb may interact with blood-clotting medications.

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Raspberry Leaf

Raspberry leaf traditionally is used for relieving painful menstruation, but you can also use it in an attempt to stop your period. The Project Aware website reports that raspberry leaf may reduce irregular bleeding between menstrual periods--the site recommends drinking two cups of raspberry leaf infusion on a daily basis to resolve it. It can also be used to stop excessive menstrual bleeding, according to the Herbal Legacy website. Remedies of raspberry leaf in combination with prickly ash, blue cohosh, wild yam and cinnamon may prove effective for this use. No scientific evidence supports raspberry leaf's use for suppressing menstrual bleeding, nor has its safety been evaluated. Drugs.com notes that a typical dosage for this herbal remedy ranges from 1.5 to 2.4 grams daily.

Radix Notoginseng

Radix notoginseng, also known as tien chi ginseng and tien qi, may prove effective in stopping any bleeding in your body, including menstrual bleeding. The Eastern Chinese Medicine Export Co. notes that this herbal remedy finds use in Chinese medicine to treat bleeding that results from blood stasis, or a disturbance of blood circulation. It may be particularly useful in suppressing excessive menstrual bleeding, according to the Kwintessential website. Natural News recommends using powdered radix notoginseng to make a tea, which should be consumed two to three times a day to stop bleeding. An article in the April 2001 issue of the "Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine" states that you can stir 1 to 3 g of powdered radix notoginseng into juice or soup. The use of radix notoginseng in suppressing menstrual bleeding has not been scientifically studied.

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