Uterine fibroids are benign muscle tumors that appear in premenopausal women. One of the symptoms of fibroids is heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding. This is not only uncomfortable, but can lead to anemia if not treated. Herbs may help stop heavy menstrual bleeding naturally. Consult your health care provider before starting herbal treatment.
Herbs that stop heavy menstrual bleeding due to fibroids are called uterine astringents or anti-hemorrhagics. They contain chemicals that act on proteins to form a protective coating over the mucous membranes, reducing blood flow. Uterine tonics may also help by toning and strengthening the uterus. Check with a knowledgeable practitioner for advice about dosage and preparation of herbs to stop heavy bleeding. If your symptoms don’t improve, see a health care provider.
Cranesbill and Herb Robert
Cranesbill, or Geranium maculatum, and herb Robert, or G. robertianum, are aromatic plants with a long history of use as uterine astringents. Traditional healers use the roots and aerial parts to treat diarrhea, mucosal inflammations, heavy menstrual bleeding and uterine hemorrhage. In their 2009 book, “Medicinal Plants of the World,” botanist Ben-Erik van Wyk and biologist Michael Wink note that the tannins in these plants have a vasoconstricting effect on small blood vessels, reducing blood loss. Do not use if you are pregnant or constipated, and consult your doctor before beginning use.
Red raspberry, or Rubus idaeus, is a prickly bush native to Europe and the Mediterranean. Herbalists use the leaves’ astringent action to strengthen and tone the uterus, and reduce hemorrhage during childbirth. In their 2000 book, “The Herbal Drugstore,” Dr. Linda B. White and medicinal plant expert Steven Foster recommend this herb if your fibroids cause heavy menstrual bleeding. While red raspberry may be safe to use during pregnancy, use only under supervision of a qualified health care practitioner.
Lady’s mantle, or Alchemilla vulgaris, is a tiny plant with clusters of yellow flowers. Traditional healers use the leaves and shoots for strengthen weak blood vessels, and for gynecological disorders, including heavy menstrual bleeding due to fibroids and other causes. In his 2003 book, “Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine,” clinical herbalist David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG, notes that lady’s mantle is a uterine astringent and important folk medicine in Europe, known to reduce excessive menstrual bleeding. Do not use during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor before using.
- “Medicinal Plants of the World”; Ben-Erik van Wyk and Michael Wink; 2009
- “The Herbal Drugstore”; Linda B. White, M.D., Steven Foster; 2000
- “Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine”; David Hoffmann; 2003