Friday, February 26, 2021

Ayurvedic Herbs for Excessive Menstrual Bleeding


Ayurvedic herbs have been used to treat for excessive menstrual bleeding in India for thousands of years.

Many of the established gynecologists use various popular and effective ayurvedic medicine to deal naturally with this trouble of women. We will discuss some of the ayurvedic medicine that prove beneficial for women suffering with menorrhagia.

Menorrhagia (Excessive Menstrual Bleeding)

Menorrhagia or Hypermenorrhea is a medical term used for the abnormality of menstrual bleeding when

  • Menstrual cycle is normal or menstruation occurs at regular interval.
  • the bleeding is excessive in amount (more than 80 ml) or in duration.
  • The term Menotaxis is used for prolonged bleeding.

How Can You Guess That You Suffer With Menorrhagia?

Several conditions point toward the possibility of heavy menstrual bleeding. Long duration of bleeding is one. Bleeding that occurs more than 3-5 days is usually abnormal. Passage of big clots also indicate about menorrhagia. The use a large number of thick sanitary pads also suggests its possibility.

Pallor (whiteness or yellowish face) on face, tongue, palm and nails and associated low levels of Hemoglobin indicate the magnitude of Menorrhagia. If you are in doubt, get your Hemoglobin checked at some pathological laboratory and you can get a clear idea. Remember that lower levels of hemoglobin in blood might be due to other causes of anemia.

Causes Of Menorrhagia

Medically, several causes of menorragia exist like organic disorders of pelvic organs, other organs, thyroid disorders, blood disorders; Emotional upset and DUB or Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding.

Emotional upset and functional disturbance of female hormones are among the most common causes of heavy periods. About 10-30% cases of heavy periods are due to these pathological causes and they can easily be supported, rather in a better way, with natural ayurvedic herbal remedies.

Benefits Of Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies For Menorrhagia

Ayruvedic herbal remedies for heavy periods offer great benefit over other drugs as they are natural remedies and support this trouble in a holistic and integral manner. The functional hormonal balance is restored without hormonal drugs and their side effects.

The hormonal balance is restored by the action of herbal remedies on uterus, ovaries, other glands and whole of body. The nervous system, blood vessels and muscles are toned and the mind is also calmed down. The hemoglobin level is maintained and the allied symptoms like weakness, irritation, loss of appetite, pain in lower abdomen below navel, malaise or mild pain in whole body, feverish feeling and sometimes burning sensation in body are also relieved.

Single Herbs for Menstrual Bleeding

Many single ayurvedic herbs are useful in menorrhagia. Some herbs are exclusively used for heavy menstrual bleeding. Other herbs play a supportive role in controlling menorrhagia like herbs from hemostyptic group (anti-bleeding herbs), Anti-Pitta herbs, Anti-Vata herbs, rejuvenative herbs, muscle toning herbs, and astringent herbs.

Herbal Remedies for Menstrual Bleeding

Ashoka or Saraca asoca:

Ashoka or Saraca asoca is one of the most famous ayurvedic herbs for menstrual and uterine disorders. This bitter and astringent herb works on excessive menstrual bleeding, painful menstruation and weakness of uterine muscles. The bark of Saraca asoca is of medicinal use and it has hematoxylin, tannin, plant steroids and calcium.

Patranga or Sappan:

Patranga or Sappan or Caesalpinia sappan is astringent and bitter ayurvedic herb. Sappan bark is useful in heavy periods and leucorrhea.

Lodhra or Symplocos racemosa:

The bark of Lodhra has alkaloids – Loturine, Collutrine, Loturidine and some glycosides as its active principle. Lodhra is useful in inflammation of uterus and arrests excessive discharge.

Hemostyptic Herbs To Stop Bleeding

Priyangu or Callicarpa macrophylla:

Priyangu flowers are useful in bleeding disorders associated with aggravation of ayurveda pitta dosha.

Nagakeshara or Mesua or Mesua ferrea:

Nagakeshara or Mesua stamens are used medicinally in ayurvedic medicine for arresting bleeding. It is an astringent and bitter herb.

Surapunnaga or Mammea longifolia:

Surapunnaga is also known in ayruvedic medicine as Red Mesua. Its medicinal properties are just like Punnaga or Alexandrian laurel.

Punnaga or Alexandrian laurel or Colophyllum inophyllum:

Bark, seed and oil of seeds of Alexandrian laurel is beneficial in bleeding disorders.

Parnabeeja or Bryophyllum pinnatum:

Leaves of Parnabeeja are effective in checking bleeding.

Ayapana or Eupatorium triplinerve:

Ayapana whole herb is used in bleeding disorders. Native Americans use this herbal remedy in Yellow fever (a bleeding disorders resulting from infection and breakage of RBCs or red blood cells). Its leaves have light green colored volatile oil, Ayapanin, Ayapin, Carotene and vitamin C.

Jhandu or Aztec or African Marigold or Tagetes erecta:

Flowers and leaves of Aztec are used for arresting bleeding.

Shaka or Teak or Tectona grandis:

Teak wood is used in bleeding disorders.

RaktaNiryasa or Dragon’s Blood or Daemenorops draco:

The gum of Dragon’s Blood have been found beneficial in checking bleeding.

Kukundara or Blumea lacera:

Root and leaves of Blumea lacera are good anti-inflammatory, anti-hemorrhoids (piles) and hemostyptic (anti-bleeding) properties.

Jalakumbhi or Tropical Duckweed or Pistia stratiotes:

Whoel herb of Tropical Duckweed is rich in minerals and its ash (Pana salt) and plant is beneficial in arresting bleeding.

Anti-Pitta Herbal Remedies

Chandan or Sandal wood or Santalum album, Kamala or Lotus, Utpala or Indian blue water lily, Ela or Lesser cardamom, Golden Champa, Sariva or Indian Sarsaparilla or Hemidesmus indicus are some ayurvedic herbs that are used in formulations for menstrual disorders because they are generally anti-pitta dosha. These ayurvedic herbs can be useful in arresting bleeding or can prove to be great adjuvant to hemostyptic herbs.

Rejuvenative Herbal Remedies

Bala or Country Mallow or Sida cordifolia, Vidhara or Argyreia speciosa, Shatavari or Asparagus racemosus, Amalaki or Amla or Emblica officinalis, Giloya or Tinospora cordifolia are the rejuvenative and restorative tonic that regularly used in ayurvedic herbal remedies for heavy periods.

Astringent Herbal Remedies

Haritaki or Chebulic myrobalan or Terminalia chebula, Vasa or Malabar Nut or Adhatoda vasica, Kutaja or Holarrhena antidysenterica or Kurchi and Dhataki or Fire Flame Bush or Woodfordia fruticosa are astringent herbs with hemostyptic properties. These ayurvedic herbs are used in herbal remedies for heavy periods.


  1. Wang Wei

    Thanks Arjun, here is the view from Traditional Chinese Medicine for menstrual pain:

    Most ordinary healthy women do scarlet-colored menstruation on regular periodic basis and constant quantity. However, when some changes appear in the rhythm, menstrual pain occurs. There are numerous symptoms found: feeling heavy in the head, migraine headache, dizziness, helplessness in the whole body, anorexia, nausea, breast pain, lower abdominal pain, back pain, and rarely, rash and edema. Other than these, beating heart, nervousness, easily getting angry; when severer, the symptoms like depression, the lack of reasoning may cause totally unthinkable mistakes.

    In most cases, the pain vanishes with the start of menstruation. So, it doesn’t affect that much to the life pattern of women. However, when there occurs acute pain or the minimal one lasts especially long, that should be treated.

    Menstrual pain gets harder when…; (1) the growth of uterus is retarded; (2) the shape is curved; (3) uterocervical canal shrinks; (4) uterine wall is tense; (5) uterine inflammation appears.

    The problem is dysfunctional menstrual pain. There are many women voicing the pain even after the normal medical test result. In the oriental medicine, the reasons are classified into followings: (1) when impure blood is stagnated; (2) when ‘ki-hyul(ki of blood,’ is weak; (3) when there are found inflammation or impairment on the accessory organs of uterus like the ovary. Herbal medicines, acupuncture and moxibustion are harmoniously used for curing it.

    In view of oriental medicine, the causes of all the dysfunctional menstrual pains are from ‘cold abdomen’. Young women who are obsessed with diet don’t eat well and wear tight clothing that keeps the blood from circulating. More than that, they enjoy cold beverage, ice cream and canned coffee, all of which make the uterus cold. After the delivery, when pelvis gets open and exposed, the contact with cold air and water is common.

    Women are, in above points of view, miserable in that they should shun some yummy and seasonal foods for entire life. Bathing with warm water and physical exercise that bends and spreads the waist are helpful.

    In the oriental medicine, the cures such as ‘hyun-bu-i-kyung-tang’ which is made mainly of Cyperus Tuber and Corydalis Tuber, is helpful for women suffering from menstrual pain.

As a native Indian and an Ayurvedic holistic healer, Arjun writes in the lane of herbal healing and home remedies. Certification: BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery With Modern Medicine).

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