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Medicinal plants for women’s health

by Josephine Andrews
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Menstruation, menopause, irritable bladder – women can suffer from unpleasant symptoms in different phases of life. Medicinal plants such as lady’s mantle, yarrow and nettle can alleviate the symptoms in many cases. For example, they have an antispasmodic, balancing, draining effect or regulate an existing hormonal imbalance. Learn more about medicinal plants for women’s health here .

Prevent and alleviate

Cyclical changes in the hormonal balance accompany girls and women for a large part of their lives. Sometimes, if not always, they make themselves felt with more or less unpleasant symptoms – be it before the menstrual period in the form of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome), during menstruation or during menopause . Another common problem is urinary tract infections and irritable bladder. For all these complaints, however, there are medicinal plants that can have a preventive and alleviating effect.

Known medicinal plants for women’s health

Here is a summary of medicinal plants that help relieve menstrual and menopausal discomfort, relieve PMS and aid in recovery from cystitis .

Cimicifuga (Black Cohosh) can relieve menopausal and pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS). Read more about Cimicifuga !

Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) helps with women’s ailments such as irregular menstruation, sore breasts and PMS. Read more about chaste tree !

Juniper helps especially with spasmodic indigestion and flatulence and has a diuretic effect. Read more about the healing power of juniper !

Yarrow is used for loss of appetite and cramp-like complaints in the abdomen and female pelvis. Read more about the yarrow !

Birch leaves are used for urinary tract inflammation and kidney gravel, the bark for skin injuries. Learn more about the effects of birch!

The stinging nettle is used for rheumatic complaints, inflammation of the urinary tract and benign prostate enlargement. More about the nettle here!

Lady’s mantle helps with diarrhea and other gastrointestinal complaints. It is also used for women’s diseases. Read more about lady’s mantle herb !

Cinquefoil helps with mild diarrhea, menstrual pain and inflammation in the mouth and throat. Read more about cinquefoil !

Restharrow has a diuretic effect and is therefore used for inflamed urinary tract and kidney semolina. Read more about the restharrow !

Pumpkin seeds help against irritable bladder and the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement. Read more about the medicinal plant pumpkin !

Dandelion helps with indigestion, loss of appetite and urinary tract problems. Find out more about the effects of dandelion now !

Bearberry leaves are used for inflammation of the urinary tract. Read more about the effects and uses of bearberry leaves here !

The field horsetail helps with urinary tract infections, kidney gravel and edema as well as with poorly healing wounds. Read more about horsetail !

In folk medicine, raspberry leaf tea is used to treat diarrhea, menstrual pain and inflammation of the mouth and throat. Read more about the raspberries !

hormone balance

Every month for about 40 years, hormones prepare the female body for a possible pregnancy (except during pregnancy itself). During the menstrual cycle, there are regular rises and falls in blood levels of hormones such as FSH, LH, estrogen and progesterone.

These cyclic hormonal changes ensure that an egg cell matures in the ovary, ovulation (release of the egg cell into the fallopian tube), thickening of the uterine lining (as a “nest” for a possibly fertilized egg cell) and, if necessary, its rejection in the form of menstrual bleeding if fertilization occurs missing.

During menopause (climacteric), the ovaries gradually stop working. This transitional phase from the time of sexual maturity to old age usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

Medicinal plants for common women problems

Both the monthly menstrual cycle and the hormonal changes during menopause can – but do not have to – be associated with symptoms. As part of the premenstrual syndrome (PMS), some women regularly suffer from physical and psychological complaints shortly before their menstrual period. For example, painful, tender breasts, water retention in the hands and feet, depressive mood and irritability can occur.

Various medicinal plants can help: birch and horsetail , for example, have a draining effect and can reduce the feeling of tension in the breasts. St. John’s wort has a mood-enhancing effect, valerian and hops can calm and balance.

Phytotherapy can also help against menstrual cramps: for example, menstrual pain can be treated with yarrow, cinquefoil or lady’s mantle. Monk’s pepper is recommended for irregular cycles, and shepherd’s purse can have a regulating effect if the menstrual period is too heavy or long.

Other common women’s problems are urinary tract infections and irritable bladder. Medicinal plants can also offer effective help in such cases: Bearberry, for example, has a germ-inhibiting effect, and nettle and birch have draining properties. Pumpkin seeds also have a diuretic effect. In addition, they have an anti-inflammatory and bladder-strengthening effect.

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