Women’s health is a topic that requires a lot attention as there is not much evidence-based natural health information available to help women deal with common (and often overlooked) ailments. The internet is filled with home remedies and various untested and potentially dangerous remedies, which is why it is so important to have access to good information.
In this article, I discuss numerous scientifically-tested herbs that have a multitude of uses for various common conditions that women experience.
Chamomile is common medicinal herb that is often used for insomnia and pain. It has a long list of medicinal uses ranging from sleeplessness to carpal tunnel syndrome and more. When it comes to women’s health, It has been extensively studied for managing
Keep in mind that Chamomile is a mild sedative and must be used with caution.
Dill seeds are often used for culinary purposes, however, they are have potent healing properties. The tricky thing about Dill is the method of usage. It can be used as a powder, essential oil, medicated oil, or as a decoction. Its uses include
- Anxiety during labor
- Post C-section flatulence.
Shatavari is an Ayurvedic herb that is predominantly used for women’s health, but it does have many other uses too. The name “Shatavari” literally translates to “100 husbands” -> this is to emphasize the potential of this herb to revitalize and enhance the function of the female reproductive system. It has been used in clinical research for managing
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
- Dysfunctional uterine bleeding (Menorrhagia, Metrorrhagia, Menometrorrhagia)
- Post-menopausal osteoporosis
- Increasing breast milk production.
Avoid Shatavari is you are taking HRT, birth control pills or have estrogen-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer. Use this with the guidance of an Ayurvedic doctor.
Chaste tree (also known as Vitex Agnus-Castus) is a common medicinal herb used in various traditional medical systems. Its main uses are for female-related conditions such as
- Pemenstrual dysphoric disorder
- Menstrual irregularities
- Enhance breast milk production.
Keep in mind that chaste tree must be avoided if using dopamine-promoting medicines such as those used in conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or if you have estrogen-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer. Make sure to speak to a professional as it does have other contra-indications and interactions (HRT, etc).
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Always use medicinal herbs with proper guidance of a medical practitioner who specializes in herbal medicines. Medicinal herbs can have adverse effects in certain individuals and in certain conditions, therefore, one must always have the guidance of a professional.