Menorrhagia

Excessive duration or amount of menstruation.


Excessive menstrual bleed occurs most often prior to menopause, with
no underlying pathology present just response to erratic hormone production.
In younger women menorrhagia can be caused by a range of problems, necessitating
skilled diagnosis. Such causes include fibroids, polyps, blood-clotting
problems, endometriosis or tumors.


The suggestions given here are intended primarily for the non-pathological
form of menorrhagia. They will usually help reduce bleeding where there
is a pathology present, but will not address that pathology or replace treatment
for the underlying diagnosed problem.


Actions indicated for the processes behind this disease :

Astringent will reduce the blood loss. They do not possess
the ability to block menstrual flow, but will support a normalizing process
to reduce the flow to normal levels for that women.

Uterine Tonics will tone the whole reproductive system in
the very special, but not understood, way that tonics do. This is one of
those situations where herbalists have learnt to trust nature, no matter
how `unscientific’!



System Support :

The reproductive system calls for tonic support, but beyond this will depend
upon the diagnosis of any underlying pathology.


Specific Remedies :

A number of astringents have a specific effect upon the womb. This is often
shown in traditional names for the plant, as in Ladies Mantle. Important
uterine astringents are Periwinkle, Shepherd’s Purse, American Cranesbill
and Ladies Mantle.


One possible prescription :

Geranium maculatum

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Senecio aureus equal parts of tincture 5 ml twice a day



This supplies the following actions :

Astringent (Capsella bursa-pastoris, Geranium maculatum)

Uterine Tonic (Senecio aureus)



Metrorrhagia


Intermenstrual bleeding.


Such abnormal uterine bleeding may be due to organic causes or some functional
problem that relates to hormonal control. As with menorrhagia, competent
diagnosis is essential.


Without this diagnosis the therapist is limited to symptomatic treatment.
Herbs can be quite effective here, but again, as with menorrhagia, will
not change the underlying problem.


Actions indicated for the processes behind this disease :

Astringents will reduce the blood loss.

Uterine Tonics will tone the whole reproductive system.



Specific Remedies :

The uterine astringents are the herbs to consider, but they will need to
be either stronger of given in higher dosage than in menorrhagia.


One possible prescription :

Vinca major 2 parts

Geranium maculatum 1 part

Senecio aureus 1 part to 5 ml of tincture taken 3 times a day



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David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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