Natural Herbs and Herbal Remedies for Women’s Wellness
Herbal remedies includes medicinal herbs and their formulations that are beneficial in disorders of females and that keep them in healthy condition during various stages of their life.
Herbal remedies specifically for women include medicinal herbs and ayurvedic remedies for common disorders of women like uti, pubertal changes, pms, hot flashes, menopause, pcos, bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, fertility, for inducing labor, for pregnancy, for increasing breast milk production, for abortion and other female disorders and to improve their health and wellness.
Unlike men, females undergo several changes in neurochemicals, hormones, tissues, organs and mind throughout their lifetime. Before the age of puberty, there are not much surges or changes. But from puberty to menopause, during each menstrual cycle and during pregnancy, there are tremendous changes in the body of a women. So remedies for women should possess sufficient medicinal and healing property to meet these changes and normalize them.
So here we will try to present the information of medicinal herbs with this broad outlook and the information about individual conditions and remedies will be holistic and comprehensive from the consideration of ayurvedic medicine and herbal medicine.
Herbs for Women
Herbs for women includes individual medicinal plants and the compound formulations remedies that are being used for the health of females. Charaka Samhita, the most ancient and comprehensive resource of ayurvedic medicine, presents various categories of herbal remedies for improving the feminine health.
Stanyajanana/Galactagogue Herbs (Lactation Improving Herbal Remedies)
Galacatagogue herbs increase the breast milk production in breastfeeding mothers. The quantity and quality of milk production is enhanced. This group comprises of roots of ten ayurvedic herbs.
Stanyashodhana Herbs (Correcting The Vitiated Milk)
This group of herbal remedies is beneficial in correcting the vitiated milk. The milk in breastfeeding mother can be vitiated by imbalance of ayurveda doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This vitiation of milk is different from infection of breast tissues. The vitiated milk affects the baby in several ways – appetite, bowel habits, color and form of stool, activity of baby. This group of ten ayurvedic herbal remedies support the vitiation of breast milk.
Prajasthapana Herbs (Preparing Uterus and Body Of Female)
This group of herbs promote the chances of embryo implantation. The uterus is kept in healthy condition conducive to implantation of embryo. Thereafter, the uterus as well as the body of pregnant ladies is prepared to enhance the health and well being of fetus in womb. Following ayurvedic herbs are in this group.
- Durva variety
Some other herbal remedies and dietary substances are considered for having the same properties – Yastimadhu, Ghrita, Kshirivriksha, Kashayavriksha, Padama, Utapala, Keshar, Shringataka, Pushkara seed, Kasheruka, Gandhapriyangu, Padama root, Atibala, Shali, Shashtika, Ikshumula, Kakoli, Raktashali, Lava, Kapinjala, Kuranga, Meat soup of deer etc.
Garbhavridhikar Herbs (Enhancing The Health Of Fetus)
These ayurvedic herbal remedies support the growth, health and well being of fetus during the full term. The fetal tissues get proper nutrition and grow and develop in a healthy manner. Some supplements are also used in modern medicine for this purpose like iron, calcium, folic acid, Vit. B complex. Ayurvedic herbs for enhancing the fetal well being are…
- Herbs from Jivaniya group or herbal remedies promoting the vitality and longevity.
- Herbs from Brihamniya group or herbal remedies promoting the growth and development of body and for gaining weight.
- Sweet tasting herbs and fruits.
- Anti-Vata substances.
- Ghrita or Clarified butter and fresh butter.
Garbhaprasuptinivaraka Herbs (Enhancing Fetal Growth in Underdeveloped Fetus)
Fetal growth and development is assessed by various direct and indirect means. One of the sure sign of proper growth is presence of fetal heart sounds that can usually be felt or heart in 9-10the week of pregnancy.
Sometimes this sign is delayed and it indicates late development and retarded growth of fetus. Following ayurvedic herbs and diet are useful under such circumstances.
- Meat soup of Shyena, fish, Gavaya, Tittira, Tamrachuda and peacock.
- Ghrita or Clarified butter.
- Masha or black gram.
- Soup of radish.
- Mild, sweet and cold substances.
Garbhanulomana Herbs (Abortive Action or Facilitating Delivery)
This group of ayurvedic herbs can be described as herbal remedies with potentially abortive activity. But these herbs are used intentionally for facilitating delivery of fetus after full term.
Aparapatana Herbs (Separation and Delivery of Placenta)
This group of herbal remedies supports the separation of placenta, its descent and finally its expulsion from the uterus. These events occur in the third part of labour.
- Bhurja leaves.
- Leftover Skin of snakes.
- Sukshma Ela
- Dried ginger
- Kala Agaru
- Ear of Bull or Khara
- Asthapana step of Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy.
Garbhopaghatakara Herbs (Dietary Factors Damaging To Fetus)
This group of ayurvedic herbal remedies and dietary factors damage the fetus and interfere with its health and well-being.
- Substances With sharp and hot properties.
- Remedies and diet with excessively salty and sour taste.
- Meat of Godha, pig and fish.
Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies
In holistic ayurvedic medicine, herbal remedies and herbal formulations are present for various disorders of women as well as for enhancing their health.
Ayurveda suggests multiple herbs for overall women health. Actually, menstrual, reproductive, hormonal, reproductive and overall health of women are interrelated. We at Holistic Herbalist captured the true synergy of natural herbal remedies for overall women health in this supplement.
Ayurvedic Herbs are effective for male and female Reproductive System disorders. Ayurvedic herbs are beneficial for strengthening the uterus, as contraceptives, Ecbolics, Emmenagogues, Anti-Emmenagogues and Galactagogues.
Herbs Facilitating Conception & Maintaining Good Health Of Uterus During Pregnancy
The uterus is prepared for the period from conception to delivery. These are astringent-sweet in taste, unctuous, cold with tissue-tonic properties. The uterus is strengthened and the chances of premature labor and habitual abortion are minimized. The fetus is also helped to get proper nutrition. e.g. Brahmi, Lakshamana.
Ayurvedic Herbs As Contraceptive
Contraceptive herbs are used to prevent conception or the fertilization of ovum with sperm.
Ecbolic herbs contract the uterus. This action is mediated in two ways.
- Direct Ecbolics: Direct ecbolics contract the uterus directly. Quinine and Lead directly contract the uterine muscles. Annamaya contract the uterus by affecting the nerves supplying the smooth muscles of uterus. Nux vomica contract the uterus via central Nervous system.
- Indirect Ecbolics: Indirect Ecbolics cause the congestion or hyperemia in pelvic tissues and then contract the uterus. These possess the sharp and hot properties. e.g. Arka, Alua.
Herbal Uterine Sedatives:
Uterine sedatives calm down the contractions in the uterus. These are helpful in premature abortion or habitual abortion. e.g. Suchi.
Emmenagogues also cause hyperemia in pelvic tissues and they promote the quantity of menstrual secretion. Ecbolics when used in low dosage also act as Emmenagogues. These are also rich in Fire element and possess hot and sharp properties. e.g. Sarshap, alcohol. These are used in Oligomenorrhea and Dysmenorrhea.
Anti-Emmenogogues are cold and astringent and they reduce the secretion of menstrual fluid. These are used in Menorrhagic conditions. e.g. Nagakeshar, Lodhra.
Galactagogues promote the secretion of milk. These are dominant in Water element. e.g. Shatavari, Ikshumula.
Anti-Galactagogues reduce the secretion of milk. e.g. Mallika.
Ayurvedic Herbs For Vitiated Milk:
Like blood purifying herbs, these herbs purify the vitiated milk. They reduce the chances of infection in breast milk. The quality of milk is also rendered better. e.g. Devadaru for Vata vitiation, Sariva for Pitta vitiation and Shunthi for Kapha vitiation.