Herbs for female issues (reproductive system)

Achillea Millefolium: Regulating the cycle, alleviate PMS and heavy bleeding.

Alchemilla Vulgaris: Inflammation reducing at heavy, irregular and painful periods, promotes fertility, helps preventing miscarriage, strengthens the pelvis muscles, balancing menopause.

Aloe Barbadensis: reduces hot flashes at menopause, treats PMS symptoms.

Althea Officinalis: makes labor easier, promotes lactation.

Anemone Pulsatilla: use to prevent or treat postnatal depression, PMS or menopausal depression.

Anethum Graveolens: used to relieve from painful menstruation, regulating menstrual cycle, heightens lactation for new moms.

Angelica Archangelica: regulating menstrual cycle, relieves menstrual pain at PMS.

Angelica Polymorph var. Sinensis (dong quai): brings hormonal cycle in balance, regulating menstrual cycle, dysmenorroe, PMS and heavy menstruation, heightens fertility, used for menopausal symptoms like night sweating, hot flushes, depression and mood swings.

Apium Graveolens: heightens lactation for new moms, stimulates menstruation cycle.

Arctium Lappa: regulating menstrual cycle, strength before and after labor, stimulates strengthening pelvic muscles.

Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi: strengthens uterus, alleviates heavy menstruation, strenghtens the muscles in the urethra, helps against vaginal infections.

Artemisisa Absinthium: stimulates menstruation, regulating menstrual cycle, alleviate painful menstruation and heightens fertility.

Asparagus Racemosus (shatavari): heightens fertility, stimulates libido and sperm cell production, regulation of hormonal balance and useful against menopausal symptoms, stimulates lactation for new moms.

Avena Sativa: regulates estrogen and general hormones in the body.

Azadirachta Indica (neem): used at late and painful labor and healing after labor.

Borago Officinalis: heightens lactation for new moms, helps against PMS symptoms an menstrual problems and menopausal symptoms.

Boswellia Serrata: used against cysts and painful menstruation with blood clothes, stimulates erection function of the penis.

Calendula Officinalis: balancing hormones, regulating and alleviate menstrual cramps, alleviates menopausal symptoms, treats cysts.

Capsicum Minimum, Capsicum Frutescens: youthener and helps against low libido and infertility problems.

Carduus Benedictus: heightens lactation for new moms, alleviates heavy menstruation, menstrual headache, stimulates menstrual period to take place, helps alleviating menopausal symptoms.

Carduus Marianus, Silybum Marianum: stimulates lactation for new moms.

Chamomilla Recutita, Camomilla Matriaria and Anthemis Nobilis, Chamaemelum Nobile: alleviates menstrual pains, premenstrual headache and PMS symptoms, used against amenorroe caused by psychological problems, against nausea during pregnancy, against menopausal symptoms, alleviates uterus pains during labor.

Cimicifuga Racemosa, Actaea Racemosa: regulating menstrual cycle, alleviates PMS, pain and swelling of the breasts, menstrual cramps and labor pains. Relaxes uterus muscles and strengthens uterus muscles if weak, alleviates menopausal symptoms like anxiety, depression, night sweating, hot flushes, headache, dizziness and low libido, vaginal atrophy.

Cinnamomum Zeylanicum: Cinnamomum Cassia: strengthens hormonal balance, PMS, aphrodisiac, low libido and impotence, against painful menstruation.

Codonopsis Pilulosa (dang shen): strenghtens uterus muscles and pelvis muscles.

Commiphora Molmol, Commiphora Myrrha: works against amenorroe, painful menstruation and inflammation in lower belly.

Commiphora mukul (Guggul): regulating menstrual cycle, used against PCOS

Coriandrum Sativum: against PMS, menstrual cramps, aphrodisiac and low libido, against hot flushes and amenorroe.

Crataegus Monogyna: against amenorroe, heightens libido and fertility, used against miscarriage, night sweating, hot flushes in menopause.

Daucus Carota: natural anti conception.

Dioscorea Villosa: regulates estrogen and progesterone level, alleviates cramps in uterus and overies, against low libido, infertility, erectile dysfunctions, low sperm cells, PMS, against nausea and cramps during pregnancy, against miscarriage, helps alleviate menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, sleeplessness and night sweating.

Echinacea Angustifolia, Echinacea Purpurea and Echinacea Pallida: against gynecological infections, urethra infections, post natal infections.

Elettaira Cardamomum: aphrodisiac

Eupatorium Purpureum: Strengthens pelvic muscles, against miscarriage, alleviates menstrual pain, works against erectile dysfunctions.

Foeniculum Vulgare: against low libido, PMS, menstrual pain and cramps, regulating menstrual cycle, amenorroe, stimolates lactation for new moms.

Fucus Vesiculosus: regulating menstrual cycle, preventive against breast cancer.

Galega Officinalis: heightens lactation for new moms.

Gentiana Lutea: stimulates menstruation, regulating menstrual cycle, against mood swings caused by menopause or PMS.

Humulus Lupulus: tempers the male libido and heightens the female libido, against menstrual cramps, regulating menstrual cycle and menopause, stimulates lactation for new moms.

Hypericum Perforatum: against painful, heavy and irregular menstruation, PMS and emotional problems connected to menopause.

Lavendula: healing after pregnancy (used in bath water).

Leonurus Cardiaca: against cramps, painful or delayed menstruation, lower back pain, vaginismus, heightens fertility and libido, alleviates anxiety before giving birth, against postnatal depression, stimulates menstruation, against amenorroe, against anxiety, tension and anger, against PMS symptoms and menopausal mood swings, against menstrual headache, against hot flushes.

Marrubium Vulgare: stimulates late menstruation, against amenorroe, used to deliver the placenta after giving birth.

Melissa Officinalis: against heavy and irregular menstruation, PMS and menopausal depression. Makes birthing easier if taken upfront and during labor.

Mentha Piperita: against menstrual pain and cramps.

Myrica Cerifera: against heavy menstruation, strengthens the pelvic muscles, lessens the menstrual bleeding.

Myristica Fragrans: afrodisiac, used to lengthen and heighten the libido and sensitivity.

Oenothera Biennis: PMS, irregular menstruation, breast problems, acne, menopausal problems, heightens the fat percentage in lactation for new moms.

Paeonia Lactiflora, Paeonia Officinalis, Paeonia Suffruticosa (bai-shao): alleviates from menstrual pain and night sweating.

Panax Ginseng: stimulates sexual functioning for men and women, heightens sperm production, against menopausal complaints like depression.

Polygonum Multiflorum (ho shou wu): libido enhancer, against impotence, low sperm count, infertility and menopausal problems.

Rehmannia Glutinosa: against night sweating, pain in lower back, regulating menstrual cycle, against heavy flowing during heavy menstruation, against hot flushes and night sweating during menopause.

Rosa: against cramps, PMS, and heavy and irregular menstruation, against hot flushes, night sweating and mood swings during menopause.

Rosmarinus Officinalis: against heavy bleeding and alleviates dysmenorroe.

Rubus Idaeus: against extreme and painful menstruation, alleviates nausea during pregnancy, against miscarriage, stimulates lactation for new moms, helps against low blood during pregnancy.

Salvia Officinalis: regulating hormonal balance, against cramps and irregular, painful menstruation with less loss of blood, against menopausal symptoms like night sweating and sleeplessness, reduces extreme lactation for new moms.

Schisandra Chinensis: alleviates night sweating, low libido, premature ejaculation and low sperm count, heightens fertility.

Scutellaria Baicalensis (Huang Qin): to reduce chances of miscarriage.

Scutellaria Laterifolia: reudces cramps and menstrual pain, used to lower the libido.

Serenoa Repens: against low libido, low sperm count and erectile dysfunctions, reduces the lactation for new moms, against PCOS.

Smilax Ornata: Aphrodisiac, against impotence and erectile dysfunctions, menstrual cramps, PMS, and hot flushes and night sweating during menopause, and helps against infertility, against menorragie, and PCOS.

Solidago Virgaurea: alleviates menstrual pains, against heavy menstruation, regulating the menstrual cycle.

Stachys Betonica, Betonica Officinalis: alleviates menstrual pain and PMS, stimulates late menstruation, relaxing for hot flushes, sleeplessness and depression during menopause.

Trillium Pratense: against breast and ovary cancer, against menopausal hot flushes, night sweating and sleeplessness.

Trigonella Foenum-Graecum: can enlarge the breasts, reduces menopausal hot flushes and night sweating, and vaginal dryness and sleeplessness, heightens lactation for new moms.

Trillium Erectum: heals painful nipples, aphrodisiac, against heavy bleeding after labor, regulating hormones and menstrual complaints.

Turnera Aphrodisiaca, Turnera Diffusa: against impotence, erectile dysfunctions, anorgasm, low libido, dysmenorroe, menstrual headache, acne, irregular menstruation, amenorroe, fertility problems, against problems during menopause like hot flushes, night sweating, sleeplessness and vaginal dryness.

Uncaria Tomentosa: regulates menstrual cycle, alleviates PMS.

Urtica Dioica, Urtica Urens: stimulates lactation for new moms, regulates menstruation and alleviates heavy bleeding, rich in iron.

Verbena Officinalis: regulates menstrual cycle, alleviates PMS, stimulates contractions during labor, heightens lactation for new moms that don’t give enough milk caused by stress.

Viburnum Opulus: Against miscarriage, relieving menstrual pains, reduces heavy bleeding during menopause.

Viburnum Prunifolium: prepares the uterus for labor, helps alleviate pain and reduces bleeding, against miscarriage, and night leg cramps during pregnancy, makes birthing easier.

Vinca major and Vinca Minor: lessens vaginal discharge, and extreme bleeding during menstruation.

Vitex Agnus Castus: regulates menstruation and fertility, alleviates problems which are caused by high estrogen and low progesterone like migraine, sensitive breasts, mood swings, cramps, constipation, premenstrual acne, PMS and can prevent miscarriage. Heightens fertility, against amenorroe, PCOS, stimulates lactation for new moms, used against menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, vaginal dryness and depression.

Zingiber Officinalis: stimulates menstruation, used when menstruation stays away, alleviates pain and cramps during ovulation and menstruation.

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Sexuality and the Female Cycle

During the female cycle you can notice different changes in sexual preference. It is already proven that slightly before menstruation a woman desires a more masculine man in the traditional sense of the warrior, while after the menstruation she desires more a man with nurturing qualities. Also the temperament of the woman changes during her cycle. Just before her menstruation the woman is more lustful and less compassionate, she is more connected to the animalistic side which is represented by the myth of Lilith, the first wife of Adam. Lilith is the independent, sexual woman who wants to claim equal rights and equality in the relationship. After the menstruation the woman turns into the more nurturing and compassionate woman, the woman you might normally know as your girlfriend/spouse/wife, which is resembled with the Eve. So men normally notice the shift when a woman becomes more aggressive or bitchy, but they don’t always connect that it can happen before her period, so not just during the period. It is not only physical but also an emotional/inner shift of focus.

I wrote about menstrual cycle and how the woman subconsciously feels she didn’t create a baby this time, so she becomes cranky, which doesn’t have anything to do with if the woman really wants to have a child or not. It is a primal urge that is connected to the female cycle, which is there to create a child in the most preferable case. The cranky woman is another side of the archetype of the wild woman, which can be associated with the Hecate archetype, the woman that shines through when a woman is actually not able to give birth anymore, so after menopause. The Hecate also has other qualities, like herbal knowledge, wisdom, wisdom of life, intuition and sorcery. This archetype is potent in every woman depending how much she is in tune with her own feminine side.

If a woman’s period is irregular or uncontrolled, it might be difficult to recognize the pattern, but every women potentially has the Lilith, eve paradigm in her. It is sometimes also referred to as the madonna/whore complex, which is more offensive to women, but it is somewhat the same. It is healthy as a woman to have both sides developed in you, some people would also see it as the balance of male and female energy in the woman, it doesn’t really matter how you call it, but it is important to recognize it in yourself. A woman is not always submissive and obedient, the duality is in the nature of the woman, and it is deforming the natural image of a total woman if you leave the rebellious/independent/sexual/assertive woman out of the picture.

The role of obedience is more or less a cultural phenomena of how society is shaped, and how roles between men and women are divided. Off course obedience is a good trait, but independence to think for yourself is also something to admire. However, it sometimes seems that some men can get intimidated by the independent women archetype, which is why they like the more obedient women. The obedient women is actually half complete, because the energy is only passive, instead it should be in balance. A woman giving birth also needs a lot of power to create, which is not only soft and cuddly power. Balance of both the Lilith and the Eve makes a strong and caring woman. This takes time and effort to develop, because of the patriarchal culture that women are nowadays raised in.

When a woman is fully grown is her sexuality, she can also use her sexuality as a way of channeling heavenly intuition, healing and insight into her life. She can use this gift even after menopause, because it is not related to giving birth, it is related to sexual transformation and spiritual practice.

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How can we relate the moon cycle to the menstrual cycle?

The moon cycle symbolism go’s in the same way as your menstrual cycle go’s. Just the menstrual cycle is your personal “moon cycle” of your body. So when you start counting from the day 1 (regular 28 day cycle) of your menstrual cycle, when your menstrual blood comes, at day 4 you have the feeling of the crescent moon, where everything starts to grow a bit by bit. You might have a new idea, or a new wish that you want to materialize. It is associated with the beginning of spring, ending of winter, element earth.

At day 7 you are in your first quarter (waxing moon), you feel like you want to grow ideas and have ambitions. This is also the time you might come out of your zone and talk about it with people. You feel good in your skin, and things will fall into place as you find yourself working towards your ambitions and goals. You plan nice events and you are up and going. Your left brain works quite good and you absorb information and learn better. This phase is also associated with spring, element air.

At day 11, you are at your spike in estrogen level in your body, which makes you attractive and you might are more sexual or intimate than normal. This is in the gibbous time.

At day 14 you are at your maximum, high energy, ovulating and you might want to dance and sing. This is also the time that you might over-plan your agenda as you feel more energized. It is better to plan appointments 4 weeks later, when you are again in this same phase. You also bring your ideas in the world what you were thinking 2 weeks ago, when you started to have bubbling ideas. This phase is also associated with summer, element fire.

After ovulation another voice inside the head of a woman might start to talk, it is a more nagging and critical voice. She is sharp and analyzing all things. She might be critical on the world and on herself. She can be impatient and also knows what is unnecessary weight in life. After ovulation your behavior will become more introverted. This is called sinking inside yourself.

After day 21 the voice might become more harsh and annoying than you want, especially if you have to perform outside as a career under pressure. If you don’t take time to relax, reflect and go inwards, it might be that you become nagging and crabby. This is the third quarter moon of your menstrual cycle. It is good in this time to reflect and let go of things. It might also be that your inner voice is bitter because of things you didn’t reach or finish. It is also associated with the season of fall, element water.

When your menstrual cycle finally comes, it can feel for a lot of women also as a liberation or relaxing, besides the physical complaints, as your mind can finally relax and let go of things, the past and everything that you don’t want to carry anymore. Listen to your body, maybe you just want to relax and enjoy time by yourself. It is associated with winter. It is the time between dark moon, building towards the menstrual cycle and new moon, beginning at 3 to 4 days after day 1 of your menstrual cycle. At your menstrual cycle again, you start with a new cycle of phases. You might want to paint, draw, write in your journal or think of new ideas again. Remember your deepest wishes, dreams and hopes to give shape next cycle again.

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As you can see, a woman’s cycle can initially tell you how a woman’s psychological and biological brain works during the month. It is not as steady as with men, that they think of something, execute it, and stay with it firmly. Women are much more flexible and movable by their cycle, especially if women are also listening to their cycle, they can make good use of their creativity during their cycle. This can also show a reason why women can think of so many things or have so many different hobbies and activities during their month. Also, you can see that there is a moment where a woman is going to start new ventures, as it is the beginning of her cycle. This is an important moment to see if you are going to start something new, or if you are going to restart something that you thought of some cycles before. If you have an irregular cycle, it might be more difficult to find your phases, but in principle these phases follow each other.

You also see the resemblance of the critical voice that many women have after ovulating and around their ovulation, especially one week before ovulation, they might be cranky and crabby. During ovulation it might be a release, but still some women are in the same phase of the cranky voice, because biologically your body works to make the egg, and your uterus thinks there is going to be a fertilized egg. In some way the female body just wants to get pregnant every time it releases a healthy egg. It is the purpose of releasing the fertile healthy egg. So the cranky women voice is actually the resembling of the biological body saying that she didn’t get pregnant this time, regardless of the woman consciously wants to get pregnant or not. It is just the menstrual cycle talking actually, not the conscious brain.

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PMDS / PMDD – Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Syndrome/Disorder

PMDS / PMDD – Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Syndrome/Disorder

About 5% of women in fertile age has a worse variant of PMS, namely PMDS. PMDS is a syndrome with the PMS symptoms that are already familiar, plus psychological instability just before the cycle starts. These symptoms are in such a way that they hinder the functioning of work, school, daily activities, relationships, social activities. PMDS for now falls under a sort of depression. You can see it as a temporary depression around the period when the period is going to come. It starts mostly 2 to 1 week before the period starts. The PMDS can be hereditary.

At least around 75% of women experience sometimes PMS symptoms. This can be mood swings, and physical complaints like lower back pain, stomach pain, uterus pain, ovary pain, swollen and hurtful breasts. However these complaints normally don’t intervene with daily life that much as is the case with people who have PMDS.

The Diagnosis for PMDS can be made when you have a diary and you keep it for at least 2 following menstrual cycles. You write every day in your diary, and not skip a day. After the following menstrual cycles the symptoms can be clear through the diary, which are for example: depressive mood, anxiety to fear, disinterest in activities. These episodes happen during the luteal phase (after the egg release out of the ovary), the second phase of the menstrual cycle. With a normal cycle it would be around the second 2 weeks before your period starts. The heaviest it can be around 1 week before the period starts.

Some women also have complaints around the ovulation, and are normally only one week free of complaints. After a few days that the menstrual period starts the complaints are gone, and they are complaint free the week after the menstruation. This is a huge difference between PMDS and regular depression or anxiety disorder.

Sometimes women with PMDS also have a history of other mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Hallucinations and delusions can happen in rare cases in the late luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.

The PMS symptoms when not treated can also result later in PMDS symptoms, depending on the disbalance of the body, but mostly there are connections to mental instability in an earlier stage.

The following symptoms are characteristic for PMDS, they have to be there during the last week of the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle during the past year. They also must disappear in within a few days after the period started till the beginning of the folliculair phase (when the egg is released) and one week after the period has been finished. One of the four symptoms can be one of the next ones:
-Sadness, hopelessness and feeling of mocking themselves
-Anxious, fearful feeling of being on the edge
-Labile mood, crying, heightened sensitivity of rejection
-Staying annoyance, anger, adding up to interpersonal conflicts
-Disinterest in daily activities, that can be also related to disinterest in social activities (school, work, relationships, friends, hobbies)
-Subjective feeling of concentration problems
-Feeling tired, lack of energy
-Change in food habits, lack or extra food cravings or certain food cravings
-Hypersomnia (extreme need for sleep) or insominia (sleeplessness)
-Subjective feeling of being overwhelmed or loss of control
-Physical complaints like: swollen, sensitive or painful breasts, headache, feeling bloated, gaining weight when clothes/shoes/rings fit tight. Also pain of joints or muscles.

Also there can be mood swings, depression, intense anger and conflict with other people, tension, anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, change in appetite, feeling out of control, sleep problems, cramps and bloating, headache, hot flashes.

The symptoms can come together with suicidal thoughts. Also the PMDS can cause symptoms that can make another disorder worse, but it is not a cause of another disorder and it can not be interchanged or confused with another disorder because the PMDS happens in a certain time span depending on the menstrual cycle.

The causes can be an abnormal reaction to hormone changes related to the menstrual cycle. There has been shown a relationship between low levels of serotonin in the brain, that helps transmit nerve signals. Certain brain cells that use serotonin control also mood, attention, sleep and pain. Hormonal changes may cause a decrease in serotonin, leading to PMDS symptoms.

 

Source:

-http://www.lichtopdepressie.nl/stemmingsstoornissen/premenstruele-dysfore-stoornis-pmds/
-http://www.webmd.com/women/pms/premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder#1

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