Herbal medicine is one of the most beautiful and therapeutic tools in a naturopathic dispensary
I prescribe herbs to most of my clients, as they can support almost every physical health issue or emotional complaint, including PMS and other hormonal imbalances.
They are gentle, effective, supportive and absorbed quickly – your body recognises them as a food, as that’s exactly what they are… plants, roots, bulbs, bark, flowers, berries, seeds… Nature has given us the tools, now we just need to appreciate the value the provide and make the decision to improve our health in the most natural, supportive and effective ways possible.
Here are 6 herbs I commonly prescribe, and the reasons why they make my female clients’ lives so much better.
(The gorgeous sketches are from here.)
Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
One of my favourite and most-used female hormone-balancing herbs. It normalises the cycle, so it’ll lengthen a short cycle, and shorten a long cycle. This beautiful herb is wonderful for reducing the emotional symptoms of PMS such as irritability and teariness, as well as sore breasts, spotting, erratic or missed periods, painful periods or pain on ovulation and infertility. It can also help when there is premenstrual acne (or even acne in males), or acne when you’ve just come off the pill.
I usually prescribe this herb as soon as one of my female clients comes off the pill, so we can help regulate her cycle. It’s also prescribed where there’s relative oestrogen excess, e.g. in cases of endometriosis and fibroids, as it supports progesterone production (indirectly).
Pasque flower (Anemone pulsatilla)
This amazing herb is for any pain or inflammation in the female (or male) reproductive system as it has great analgesic (pain relieving) and anti-spasmodic actions. Think painful periods, spasmodic period pain or pain on ovulation.
It’s also a beautiful nerve tonic, soothing for anyone feeling depressed, exhausted, teary, emotional, excitable, or those who suffer from tension headaches or insomnia, as it promotes sleep.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosa)
This herb is one of the most important restorative and regenerative tonic herbs for women. Shatavari is an Ayurvedic herb which is translates as “she who posses 100 husbands”! It’s a tonic for the entire female reproductive system, improving fertility and low libido as well as promoting lactation (it increases breast milk production), while also raising the body’s resistance to stress and reducing any spasmodic pain. Shatavari is also nourishing and detoxifying, while also calming stress and anxiety.
White Peony, Paeonia (Paeonia lactiflora)
I use this beautiful herb for women with PCOS (in combination with Licorice), endometriosis, fibroids, high androgens or oestrogen dominance, as well as painful periods, irregular periods and heavy periods. It is a mild muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory, and can also improve cognition, memory, concentration and mental performance. No period pain and better concentration? Cool!
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
This detoxifying herb regulates the female reproductive system and relieves painful periods, as well as regulates oestrogen excess (which may cause endometriosis). It’s also wonderful for the digestive system, healing gastritis and ulcers, and reducing inflammation of the stomach and bowels. I also use this herb for acne it’s a beautiful anti-inflammatory herb and a lymphatic cleanser; it stimulates the immune system, helps the body fight infection and reduces lymphatic congestion and swollen lump glands. It’s also antimicrobial and topically, it’s antiviral and antifungal.
Ladies Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris)
This wonderful herb is used to help reduce very heavy periods, painful periods and endometriosis. However it can also help to stimulate menstrual flow if there are missed periods.
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