What is menstruation?
Regular menstruation lasts for a few days, usually 3 to 5 days. Some women experience a menstrual cycle for 2 to 8 days. Typically an average menstrual cycle is 28 days long from the first day of one menstrual period to the first day of the next. A normal menstrual cycle is typically between 21 and 35 days between menstrual cycles.
Blood loss during a monthly menstrual cycle is 36 milliliters (or 4 to 7 tablespoons of menstrual fluid). Blood loss of 10-80 milliliters considered acceptable. Menstrual blood is another name for menstrual fluid. Menstrual fluid is part blood, cervical mucus, vaginal secretions, and endometrial tissue. Menstrual fluid can be reddish-brown bright red. The color and smell of menstrual fluid reveals the amount of toxins a woman has in her body.
Some women also notice shedding of the uterus‘s endometrium lining during menstruation. The shed endometrium lining appears as small pieces of tissue mixed with the blood. These pieces of tissue are often called menstrual clots (although they are pieces of the endometrium, and are not true blood clots) and are common; they more often occur in women who experience a heavier-than-average menstrual flow.
Many women experience painful uterine cramps during menstruation. The muscles of the uterus, and abdominal muscles surrounding the uterus, contract spasmodically to push the menstrual fluid out of the uterus. The contractions are produced by tissue lining the uterus, which is known to release an excess of fatty acids called prostaglandins that stimulate the muscles, leading to contractions.
What is PMS ?
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a result of changes in the levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone before menstruation. Women will experience symptoms of PMS at some point in her lifetime which can range from a mild to inconvenient to debilitating.
Symptoms of dysmenorrhea (painful periods) may become debilitating in some women. Some say It is unknown why this occurs in some women and not others. (Keep reading below for tips on this!). Painful symptoms include throbbing pain spreading to hips, stomach, lower back and thighs, nausea and frequent diarrhea or constipation may occur as well. Western based treatments target excess prostaglandin, using anti-prostaglandin medications or oral contraceptives. Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as over-the-counter ibuprofen and naproxen are what some women use to numb the pain of their mentrural cycle.
Now that we have covered what a cycle is and what is used to ease a painful one, Let’s talk about why so many women are in so much pain every month. If you have a monthly cycle it is important to stay informed about simple ways you can change your fate with your painful menses and in other areas of your life as well. Please check the list below. If you do a few of these you will see significant changes in your monthly menstruation experience.
1. Is there lack of real food in the body? Nutrients are coming out of the body, the body needs to be fed or you will definitely experience headaches.
2. Water: Its real simple, your body is made up of mostly water but not only that. When a woman has her monthly menses, her body is using water (fluid) to cleanse itself. What do you think happens when there is no fluid to use? The body will continue to TRY pulling the unneeded blood from the body, thus causing you lots of pain in the process. Drink room temperature water before your cycle comes on. How much water should you drink? Drink at least the least amount or more if you are active.
3. Women with fibroids have very painful menses, read this list and make drastic healthy changes to naturally ease the pain:
4. Get your rest. 7- 8 hours heals the body. No sleep= no healing
5. Eating dairy, white sugar, processed foods will bring you some serious cramps and mood swings. The minute you stop these and eat healthier, you will experience a mentrual cycle with ease. Junk food causes the body to attempt to cleanse itself more.
6. Cold liquids are a no-no for life if you want to keep your digestion system working most efficiently, think of it this way THE BODY IS HOT INSIDE NOT COLD. The body has to be hot to process food and liquids. Cold liquids shock the body and slow down the process of digestion. Also cold water causes blood clots; which no one wants to experience passing (unless you like mega cramps & a sluggish digestive system), stay away from cold water.
7. Know when your cycle is coming on next. If its irregular the body is out of balance. You can get it in balance by eating a healthy balanced diet. Consume more green and natural foods. Try vegan,vegetarian or even raw vegan eating. These can help with healing you. To read more on how to do these diets click here: At the bottom of this blog Click the tag under (vegan) for more information.
8. Craving Junk while your cycle is on? The body wants and needs nourishment.
9. Skin breakouts: click here for skin treatments, also change what you are eating. Changes must be made inside and outside to see lasting results.
10. Eat fresh ginger or sip ginger, dong quai tea during and before the cycle comes on. The body needs to be heated up on the inside so eat, Root Chakra building foods such as: ginger, red onion, various yams, cinnamon.
11: Drink raw juices: Click the tag related to (raw) at the bottom of this blog.
Choose an Herbal solution:
Herbal PMS Treatment and Remedies
The natural approach to health care tries to approach treatment in terms of the cause of the symptoms and not just masking symptoms.
For many women, an herbal PMS treatment involves treating hormonal imbalances associated with symptoms such as irritability and fatigue. Herbs associated with the endocrine system include:
- Chaste TreeBerry, Vitex angus-castrus; regulates hormones by acting directly the hypothalamus-pituitary glands and helps with:
- Mood swings
- Reduces FSH and estrogen production
- Painful breasts
- Reishi; a mushroom that strengthens the immune system, regulates blood sugar and reduces:
- Wild Yamcream; decreases estrogen production in the Luteal phase to balance progesterone and addresses:
- Uterine cramps
The liver is believed to be the primary organ associated with the breakdown of hormones. Herbs that reduce irritability by treating liver imbalances include Fringe Tree root and bark, which focuses on the regulation of liver functions, Dandelion, which cleanses and cools the liver, and Burdock Root, which reinforces the liver as it works to reduce excess estrogen levels in the blood.
A number of women suffer from anemia or anemic-like symptoms such a low energy and fatigue during PMS and needs blood-tonifying herbs such as:
- Dang Gui, Angelica sinensis; used to build up the blood and increase blood flow to female organs to cut:
- Ovary pain
- Nettles; known for anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties and is loaded with vitamins, nutrients and trace minerals that give the body with essential energy
- All-around tonic for women’s reproductive health
- Yellow dock root; reduces excessive bleeding or heavy periods, also acts on the liver
The high levels of iron in Barberry, Dandelion and Licorice root also help with anemia symptoms, low energy and fatigue.
Herbs that increase energy and metabolism include Ginseng rhizome and Ginger root. Ginger, along with herbs such as Peppermint and Slippery Elm can help with digestive symptoms.
Cramping and pain can be addressed with an herbal PMS treatment with anti-spasmodic properties that also acts on the smooth muscles of the uterus such as Cramp Bark and Valerian Root, which also help ease nervousness and insomnia.
Another valuable herbal PMS treatment might include:
- Dandelion Root – a diuretic that lessens bloat and edema
- St. John’s Wart – helps depression and overwhelming emotions
- Birch Leaf – decreases fluid retention, edema and bloat
- Corn Silk – relief from cramps, reduces fluid retention
- Chamomile – reduces muscle pain
- Dong Quai – lessens cramps
- Evening Primrose – reduces breast tenderness, bloat and weight gain
- Fennel – relieves abdominal cramps, bloating and gas
- Ginkgo Biloba – reduces breast tenderness
- Lemon Balm – relaxes and soothes the nervous system
- Meadow Sweet – helps with backaches, pain and inflammation
- Motherwort – reduces headaches and migraines, anxiety, tension and mood changes
- Peppermint – lessens gastrointestinal issues and anxiety
- Raspberry leaf – helps with cramps and abdominal pain
Herbs can be used alone or with one another, depending on the symptoms and their severity.
Women can find relief from symptoms of premenstrual syndrome with a variety of effective herbal remedies. Finding the right herb or combination of herbs may take some trial and error; the guidance of a qualified practitioner of alternative medicine will be most helpful in exploring the treatment options that will work for an individual woman’s body. An ideal herbal PMS treatment will address the cause, such as liver or hormonal imbalances, and rid uncomfortable symptoms with minimal or no side effects.
Enjoy a new day without PMS! Yey
Sources: Wiki, http://www.herbalremediesinfo.com/herbal-pms-treatment.html
- Herbs for Women’s Health (blissreturned.wordpress.com)