Among menstruation disorders, menstrual delay is one of the most frequent reasons for consultation in reproductive age. There are two types of menstrual delay:

  • Oligomenorrhea is the delay for more than 35 days of the menstrual period and occurs between 10 to 15%.
  • Amenorrhea is the absence of a menstrual period for at least 3 months and occurs between 3 to 4%.

Causes of menstrual delay:

  • Hormonal disturbances
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Menopause
  • Use of contraceptives
  • Medicines
  • Chemotherapy
  • Obesity or sudden weight loss
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarette
  • Drugs
  • Extreme physical exercise (high competition training)
  • Poor nutrition and vitamin deficiency
  • Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism

In most cases, the conventional treatment available to lower the period is based on hormones, in addition to a change in lifestyle, with an adequate and balanced diet, physical activity and improvement of sleep habits.

The advent of natural and alternative medicine has led to a whole series of studies supporting ancient beliefs based on herbal treatments.

Infusions to treat menstrual delay

Here we will present 5 infusions for menstrual delay and that help to lower the rule :

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a plant native to India, used in gastronomy for a long time, to which some medicinal properties have been attributed.

Some studies have proposed that turmeric can regulate female hormones and relieve pain associated with menstruation (dysmenorrhea).

You can prepare the infusion with:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup of water
  • Lemon and honey to taste
  • Ice if you want the cold drink

It can also be taken in other ways:

  • Using half a small spoonful of turmeric in a glass of milk and adding honey to taste. Drink this preparation daily.
  • Put turmeric powder on rice, vegetables, meats and elaborate dishes.

2. Ginger

It is an herb, native to East Asia, used for a long time as a condiment in gastronomy. This tuber is composed of rhizomes, which constitute the most important part of the plant, which are aromatic and have a sour taste.

Among the effects associated with ginger is a slight increase in body temperature, and it has been used to improve digestion, reduce nausea, vomiting and some respiratory infections.

It is not recommended for use in pregnant women or in people taking blood thinners.

The ginger infusion can be prepared using:

  • Ginger root, washed and finely sliced.
  • Boil for 10 minutes and then strain to get the ginger tea.
  • Add lemon or honey to taste.
  • It is preferably taken warm or hot, freshly prepared.
  • It can be taken maximum 3 times a day

3. Cinnamon

Among the most used infusions for menstrual delay and to lower the period , are those prepared with cinnamon.

Properties in cinnamon have been proposed that promote blood circulation and have an antispasmodic effect in case of dysmenorrhea or menstrual pain.

In a study of 45 women, the administration of 125 mg of cinnamon 4 times a day, with a total daily dose of 1,500 mg, increased progesterone in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, regulating menstrual periods.

The cinnamon infusion can be prepared:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Boil for a maximum of 3 minutes and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Strain and drink.

You can also drink cinnamon with warm milk

4. Parsley

It is an herb that is used as a condiment in gastronomy, but it has been linked to certain medicinal properties, such as the improvement of menstrual delay .

Both varieties can be used: curly-leaf or flat-leaf parsley.

The parsley infusion is prepared as follows:

  • 1 & 4 cup finely chopped parsley.
  • Use fresh parsley.
  • 1 cup of water, boil and steep until the water is lukewarm.
  • Place the water in a cup with the chopped parsley.
  • Leave to act for 15 minutes.
  • Strain and drink, maximum 4 times a day.

5. Oregano

Oregano has been awarded multiple medicinal uses in Phytotherapy, including improving menstrual periods.

The infusion can be drunk at any temperature and daily:

  • Use 4 teaspoons of dried leaves or 6 teaspoons of fresh leaves.
  • 2 cups of water.
  • Lemon and honey to taste.
  • Boil the water, let it rest partially and place the oregano leaves.
  • Hold for 10 minutes.
  • Then strain and drink, maximum 3 times a day.

References

  • Moini Jazani A, Nazemiyeh H, Tansaz M, Sadeghi Bazargani H, Fazljou SMB, et al. Celery Plus Anise Versus Metformin for Treatment of Oligomenorrhea in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Triple-Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial . Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2018, 20 (5): e67181. https: //doi.org10.5812/ircmj.67181.
  • Moini Jazani, A., Hamdi, K., Tansaz, M., Nazemiyeh, H., Sadeghi Bazargani, H., Fazljou, SMB, & Nasimi Doost Azgomi, R. (2018). Herbal Medicine for Oligomenorrhea and Amenorrhea: A Systematic Review of Ancient and Conventional Medicine. BioMedResearch International, 2018: 3052768.Available at: http://doi.org/10.1155/2018/3052768.
  • Kort D et al. Preliminary evidence that cinnamon improves menstrual cyclicity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled trial . American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2014, 211 (5): 487.e1 – 487.e6. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2014.05.009.
  • Cathi E. Dennehy. The Use of Herbs and Dietary Supplements in Gynecology: An Evidence-Based Review . Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 2006, 51 (6): 402-409. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmwh.2006.01.004.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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