"This is an important topic since many young girls and women are led to believe that normal periods involve significant pain, and disruptions to their lives and moods. This is quite opposite to the traditional medicine perspective on the menstrual cycle, which views problematic symptoms as a reflection of underlying imbalance.
In pre-modern times the female body with its innate ability to give birth to new life inspired awe and wonder. The menstrual cycle reflected the waxing and waning of the moon, and many other natural cycles, the awareness of which connected women and their societies to nature. Not surprisingly, women took a proactive approach to support a healthy reproductive system, mostly in the form of medicinal plants.
Chaste Tree berries (Vitex agnus-castus) has a progesterone-like action, which makes it an excellent remedy for PMT and a range of menstrual and gynaecological problems related to hormone imbalance. It has a calming effect and can be used for irregular and painful periods, heavy bleeding, fibroids, headaches and to re-establish hormone balance after the contraceptive pill.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) has an affinity with the female reproductive system, helping to regulate menstruation and relieve menstrual cramps and pain. Its astringent properties help with excessive bleeding and its ability to enhance lymphatic clearance reduces uterine and breast congestion. It also supports the function of the liver, thus aiding in the metabolism of hormones and inflammatory compounds that can contribute to period pain.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) has been used traditionally to relax and strengthen women by helping to alleviate irritability and depression associated with the menstrual cycle. It helps to relax the spasms that cause period pain..." #mooncycle #period #periodproblems #medicine #fertility #infertility #women #womensrights #humanrights #heal #plants #female #calendula #pain #feelbetter #health #moon #uterus #womb #blood #pregnant #ttc #indigenous