Before modern-day birth control pills and pain-relieving medications were on the market, women used to have their own natural remedies for all types of reproductive issues.
If you’re looking for more nature-inspired options to relieve menstruation issues like cramps or endometriosis, there are many herbs you can try.
Keep in mind that herbal benefits may vary. Herbs may interact with medications you are taking or with medical conditions you have, so you must check with your own health care professional before taking any of the below.
Don’t take any of these herbs if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
1) Tienchi ginseng, also called Panax notoginseng or San qi
If you have heavy bleeding (menorrhagia) this herb may help, according to Cammi Balleck, a board-certified traditional naturopath.
eMedicineHealth cautions that this herb can cause some side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, nervousness, sleep issues and flushed skin.
2) Wild yam, black haw and dong quai
Wild yam, black haw and dong quai can help with painful menses or cramping, Balleck said.
According to University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), wild yam should be avoided by people with protein S deficiency, anyone at risk for hormone-related cancers, and women using hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills.
Drugs.com suggests avoiding black haw if you have breast cancer. This herb can cause some allergic reactions and other side effects.
MedlinePlus cautions against using dong quai if you have protein S deficiency, and have hormone-sensitive conditions like breast cancer. This herb may cause skin sensitivity to the sun and increased bleeding.
3) Chaste tree and white peony
Chaste tree and white peony can help if your cycle is irregular. And chaste tree, wild yam and dong quai can relieve some symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome), Balleck added.
Chaste tree can cause side effects such as GI problems, fatigue, acne, rashes, itching, headaches and menstrual changes, according to Drugs.com.