Excessive menstrual bleeding and its natural cures
The average menstrual bleeding lasts for 4-7 days. Excessive menstrual bleeding is medically called ‘menorrhagia’. It is characterized by prolonged periods or abnormally heavy periods. Some of the most common signs and symptoms include menstrual bleeding which lasts longer than seven days, the need for changing the sanitary pad or tampon in every two to three hours repeatedly, the menstrual flow with big blood clots, continuous and severe cramps in the lower abdomen at the time of the period, shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches, nausea, extreme weakness and mood swings.
Heavy bleeding at the times of periods is generally caused by the hormonal imbalance, especially in the women before the menopause (aged 40- 50 years). Some other causes may include dieting, stress, excessive gain or loss of weight, fibroids, thyroid disorders, infection in pelvic region, uterine abnormalities, and presence of benign uterine tumors like non- cancerous thickening of endometrium, fibroids, polyps, endometriosis and infection.
Natural remedies for the heavy bleeding
- Using home and herbal remedies
There are many herbs which consist of astringent properties and have been used for controlling excessive uterine bleeding. Herbs can also help in correcting the hormonal imbalances and controlling menorrhagia.
- Hawthorn flowers
These are considered as one of the best home remedies for heavy bleeding. It is quite beneficial for the treatment of many conditions which are linked with menstruation, such as abdominal pain, blood clot discharge, heavy menstrual bleeding etc. all you need to do is mix 30 g hawthorn flowers with 15 g saffron. Now put this mix in boiling water and leave it for 5 to 10 min. now consume this decoction when it is warm still for getting the best benefits out of it.
- Cayenne pepper
For getting relief from heavy menstrual bleeding, you can try cayenne pepper. It helps in balancing the flow of blood in the body. It also aids in maintaining hormonal balance and relieving the symptoms of heavy bleeding. Add one tsp of cayenne powder in a glass of lukewarm water. Now add some honey in it. Drink this two to three times in a day during the cycle.
You can eat ripe papaya. This helps in soothing the abdominal muscles and regulating the uterus contraction. In turn, this will control the blood flow.
- Banana flower
This is considered as a very good cure for heavy bleeding. Take a banana flower, cook it and eat it with one cup of fresh curd for increasing progesterone quantity and decreasing the bleeding.
There are many options you can try out for reducing the heavy menstrual bleeding. Some are:
- Ice packs: put one ice pack on the abdomen for about 20 minutes at one time- several times in a day especially when the bleeding is heavy.
- Iron- according to some researches, low levels of iron in the body can increase the menstrual bleeding. Supplementing it with minerals can help in reducing the menstrual bleeding.
- Vitamins: try out the vitamin C supplements for helping your body to absorb iron and apparently strengthening the blood vessels.
Any kind of bleeding disorder makes the patient helpless and panic- especially when the ladies get the complaint such as menorrhagia for a long period of time. They get worried and their health keeps on getting further deteriorated. Therefore, consult your doctor in the early stage itself. It will aid you to a great extent.
Always check with the health care professional before you take any medicines- including the herbal remedies and the nutritional supplements- so as to manage the health conditions and for general wellness and health concerns.