Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Home Remedies: Q&A
Last Modified on Apr 05, 2012
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- Apple Cider Vinegar for Menstrual Issues
- Idiopathic Aplastic Anemia
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04/05/2012: Kelly from Cambridge, Ma replies: "Actually, you aren't too young to be going through menopause. I was 41 and within only a couple of months, my periods were entirely gone. (YAY!! Good riddance! ) :)
I thought that I was too young as well, and was shocked when my gynecologist told me that my blood work confirmed menopause.
It couldn't hurt to try the blackstrap molasses, though. I've read many, many success stories here when it comes to BSM helping with heavy periods and cramps."
03/14/2012: Rebecca from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi - I too was suffering from awful menstrual cramps/heavy flow, but read online (i think it was here at EC) the benefits of Blackstrap Molasses.
I took a full tablespoon washed down with a gulp of filtered water as soon as the pain kicked in, and it greatly reduced the pain in under an hour. I continued taking 1 tablespoon 3 times per day, just randomly, and my period actually went away completely after 4 days! Mine is usually hell for 6 days. I have done this for 2 months now and won't ever stop. So cheap and it WORKS. Good luck."
01/26/2013: Lori from Chicago, Illinois replies: "Rebecca, I've had a long period for almost a month. Prior to that I've been irregular because I'm perimenopausal so sometimes I'll go 70 days without a period and then have one that lasts 5 days but usually ends in 7-10 days. But this one has lasted so long and at times it's been a bit heavy but not too bad. I started taking organic unsulfured black strap molasses, 1 tablespoon two times a day and while it seems like the flow has lightened since taking it, it's been 7.5 days and I still have my period. Do you think if I increase the doseage to 3x a day that it will work? Did you start with 1 tablespoon 3x a day? Thanks!"
01/28/2013: Anon from Anon replies: "Hi, To reduce/ stop flow take minimum 3 table spoons of non sulpher organic black strap molasses - if that doesn't seem to work well enough take more- make sure you drink lots of water. Also 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar in a small glass of water (drink through a straw) taken as required to stop the flow is amazing taken on it's own or inconjunction with the Bsm."
Safe to say that for 3 and a half years now, I HAVE HAD NO PERIODS AND I AM WORRIED BECAUSE I AM NOT YET MARRIED. I keep having hot flashes and getting tired. Last week, i stumbled upon Earth clinic and decided to try some of the remedies. I bought Blackstrap Molasses and started immediately this monday. I have taken it for 5 days now and i havent gotten any result. On the contrary, the hot flashes increased and am very uncomfortable and disappointed. I am using 1 tablespoon Blackstrap Molasses twice daily in warm water. Pls can you help me with some other remedy?"
09/29/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The usual problems are lack of vitamin E, natural vitamin E, vitamin b complex, B50, magnesium citrate, and lower progesterone hormones for lack of menstruation. The black clots may be a factor of not menstruating, so the simplest remedy is to take citrates, found in apples, lemon, lime for example. More specific citrate sources are sodium citrate and potassium citrate, 1/4 teaspoon each once a day 30 minutes after a meal. The citrate will unclot the menstruation periods. Ted"
02/05/2013: Beanie from Vincennes, In replies: "The blackstrap molasses is to STOP periods, not start them."
08/29/2008: Anon from NY, NY replies: "I had the same problem...very heavy bleeding, a lot of clotting. Mine started at about age 44 and ended at 46. Periods starting anywhere from 2 weeks to 2-3 months. Lasting days to weeks. After about 2 years, all stopped. No more periods. Mine was menopausal. Hope this helps."
06/26/2009: Liz from New York, NY replies: "I know that this is a very late reply, but hopefully it will help anyone else who has the same issue.
My periods have been very regular since i was in middle school. (i'm now in my twenties.) However, with extreme stress or big changes in my life, I end up missing a period or having an extremely heavy period, with blood flowing so fast that the body can't produce enough blood thinners, so it clots up. ( I should note that i have never used birth control, and never plan to use it.)
My solution for heavy period: Homemade Cinnamon Tea.
Sometimes it slows the bleeding down considerably (as in change tampon/diva cup only every 4 hours rather than every hour) and sometimes it stops it completely for hours. I drink it often throughout the day (when symptoms are present), and i've been trying to create the best recipe, experimenting with a number of other ingredients. But i always start with about 1.5 tbsp of cinnamon, and 8 oz of boiling water. stir it well and let it steep for about six minutes. The cinnamon actually gets a little viscous after soaking in the hot water, but while the texture is a bit odd, there's no harm in consuming it. I've also used some combination of the following in my cinnamon tea: Coriander, Ginger, Blackstrap Molasses, Cayenne, Nutmeg, Honey.
02/15/2010: Tandiwe from London, Uk replies: "Hi there. I am 40 years old and have suffered with extreme menstrual cramping and clotting since my periods started. I get prescription pain killers from my GP.
Evening Primrose Oil seems to have cleared up the clotting. I started taking it 5 months ago and the 1st period after this had alot less than normal, the 2nd period after that had none at all!!!! It was amazing. Unfortunately I then had a loop diathermy of my cervix which has meant that I stopped taking the OEP as it thins the blood and so the clotting returned and the periods were excruciating (almost hospitalised with pain).
In the past the only pain free months I have ever had were when I was a vegan.
Hope this helps, tandi"
05/01/2012: Ally from San Jose, Ca replies: "Hi Ted, I'm 39 years old and about 5 years ago my menstrual cycles started shortening. I used to have pretty regular menstrual cycles, 28-30 days until six years ago when triggered by very stressfull period, the cycles became shorter, 22-24 days. I drink ACV, take iodine supplements, coconut oil, large doses of C, and all my hormones, blood work look normal. I'm also extremely sensitive, moody, and I'm having great difficulty dealing with daily stresses, for a week before my period. Occasionally I have been able to get my cycle to 26 days but when faced with daily stress my cycles range from 22 to 24 days. I have tried so many supplements to no avail. I feel that I must be deficient in something for my body to act so out of control. Please let me know your thoughts on my issues."
03/21/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Right before menopause I had this problem and read somewhere to eat eggs easy over and it worked to stop the heavy flow and clots. Hope this helps... not sure why it did."
03/08/2011: Health4pam from Springdale, Arkansas, Us replies: "I am a 52 yr. old woman who has been diagnosed with fibroids, which are non cancerous tumors of the uterus. I had been having terrible bleeding and clots which left me anemic. My hemoglobin was 4. 9 and should be somewhere between 12. 0 and 15. 0. I finally ended up on Prometrium and have been on it for going on 3 months. There are minimal side effects for myself. It stopped my bleeding, although recently I've been having "breakthrough bleeding". I've been taking Braggs Apple Cider vinegar from time to time due to the fact that if you google it, you will find it is good for many physical problems. For 2 days, I was having alot of bleeding and clots. Advil wasn't helping and so I remembered Apple Cider vinegar (Bragg's is so important because it is left in it's natural state). I took 2 tablespoons at bed. In about 15 min. I could feel the cramps subsiding. I fell asleep and woke up about 2 hours later with mild cramping and got up and took 2 more tablespoons. My cramps are at this point not only almost gone, but I noticed my bleeding is alot better! Just thought I'd share my testimony."
06/18/2012: Naureen from Mississauga, On, Canada replies: "I am 45 years old and have a 5 cm cyst in my ovary as well as large fibroids in my uterus. For last two months I was having continuous periods with lots of clots. Moreover I was feeling so weak and sleepy all the time. No medicine was working to stop the bleeding. Then I read about apple cider vinegar and I started taking one Tb spoon Acv with one tea spoon honey in one cup of water twice a day. To my amazement bleeding stopped completely just after second day of my using Acv. Ladies it really works. I am going to continue taking it regularly."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear S.G., Idiopathic aplastic anemia is simply a bone marrow damage. When a bone marrow is damaged, the body cannot produce the red blood cells and white blood cells.
The common damage of bone marrow can come from many sources, that I am aware of (internet these days i can't get anything except from my own personal experience) is the arsenic (high in Bangladesh and parts of India), paracetamol (Tylenol), x ray radiation, free radical heavy metals, vegetable oil use, metabolic acidosis (from aspartame hidden in many candies and pharma drugs, not labeled), steroids, virus, and my favorite the fungus or mycoplasma from vaccinations, eating moldy plants, and pharma toxic water, especially in U.S. All of them have interesting information as to the extent of the bone marrow damage and I haven't quite covered everything here, such as vitamin D3 levels (Indian woman are low in this and lowered immunity from dark skin, thick clothing and lack of sun if living in the states), chlorinated water, fluoridated water, and pharma drug laden in most of the water supplies made worse by a quantum jump with the chlorine AND the fluoride. A neurodegenerative disorder can also initiate stem cell damage by just causing the body to go into lactic acidosis from common contaminants especially aspartame which breaks down to formaldehyde, the exposure to hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene, shellac, which damages the neural cell damage) A neural cell damage if it is damage can prevent the body to repair itself especially the bone marrow. Radiation poisoning is obvious, and CAT scans, X rays, immunization, chemotherapy and the list goes on and on.
The common approach I do use with good success is always the alkalizing, borax remedy (its anti fungal and anti mycoplasma which is a common cause of autoimmunity that damages bone marrow), ridding of free heavy metals (from spirulina and chlorella which creates free radicals and damages the bone marrow), vitamin B complex, zinc, vitamin E, vitamin C, olive leaf extract and avoiding pain killers such as paracetamol, which damages the liver and creates free radical and causes the body to accumulate toxins. Aspirin for me is a lot safer, but the method I used is very different, in that I did it the old fashion way: I dissolve completely in a glass of water when taking them. People would assume it cause ulcers, but the fact that it's so diluted prevents that and the acetylsalicylates (aspirin!) kills the fungus which causes autoimmunity. It used to be the old days where autoimmunity was rare, until people simply stopped using aspirin and tried the paracetamol, which damages the liver and you need N Acetyl Cysteine to stop that. A lot of effervescent these days DO NOT LABEL the addition of aspartame which damages the body further and I have to waste a lot of time calling up factories to check whether they in fact added the aspartame. The chemical used to be a insecticide when they discovered that it tasted sweet and there is a lot of massive bogus research before it was pardoned by President Ronald Reagan on crimes commited by Searle, spearheaded by the then Donald Rumsfeld. So it has a sordid past, but I used them as a insectide killer anyway for my gardening, mixed with pyrethrins.
The major components of this remedy to reducing autoimmunity is to first avoid the sweets and fruits, and fried foods using vegetable oils. Bread and flour causes problem from the toxic alloxan, bromine processing and propionic acid, live yeast (a fungus!) and other modern manufacturing insults which damages our health. The replacement of the grains should be rice instead of white flour and bread and certain Indians makes heavy use of white flour and bread in some of the diets.
The most important remedy I think is always to kill the fungus or the mycoplasma first, the viruses is always secondary causes for me and usually are not much of the problem. The remedy therefore requires the following anti-autoimmunity remedies that I WILL USE (yes I do it frequently!):
1. 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon of borax in one liter of drinking water. A xylitol or d-mannose of 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon can be added to further the antifungal properties. A hydrogen peroxide food grade of 30 drops of 3% in the one liter of water also helped as I have found out later.
2. 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice or three times a day.
3. Spirulina and chlorella supplements at least 250 mg x 2 or 3 times a day taken only 4 or 5 days out of a week.
4. Magnesium citrate or magnesium gluconate 250-500 mg taken once a day is very helpful and zinc gluocnate 50 once or twice a week is very helpful too.
There might be other mineral status being low causing autoimmunity, especially Iodine, so I might used sodium iodide or lugol's solution adding 5 drops of iodine in a glass of water usually taken in the morning hours or perhaps just take kelp supplements but this is usually taken once every other day, or once every two days. The body simply needs alternate days to further detoxify from the blood and hence the "rest days".
The supplements that are important especially the vegetarian diets is always the B12, but I try to use them in the form of vitamin B complex, such as B50 or B100 form and take that twice a week. Certain forms of vitamin Bs are synergistic with the magnesium.
Sodium nitrite produced by the glial cells is what gives rise to the number of stem cells from nitric oxide, but interestingly metabolic acidosis, lack of bicarbonates and other acid forming foods, mostly from the white flour and table salt is acid forming, and they destroy the sodium nitrite into nitric oxide before it reaches the destined bone marrow.
Interestingly, I have noted that people with blood fungus, past mouldy conditions enviroment initates a long term low blood counts, and white blood cells especially if exposed to hydrocarbons, kerosine, benzene, aspartame, and methanol. Therefore reduction of fungus through borax is what I have found to be most helpful, ESPECIALLY if hydrogen peroxide drops is added and some d-mannose or xylitol is used. I tend to use a lot more d-mannose than xylitol and both polyol sugars prevent fungus, virus, and other pathogen from sticking to healthy cells and forming colonies. If they were even detached from healthy cells they usually die immediately and it is this reason why I find them so fascinating. The other thing is people with a vegetarian diets will have low amino acids. Amino acids in alkalinity, the ammonium molecules has strong antifungal components, and this is why Asians have higher incidence in autoimmunity from aplastic anemia or low red blood cells. Red blood cells may be further increase if vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg is taken and avoiding the tap water or treat all drinking water with hydrogen peroxide or ozonation, since those were found to neutralize a lot of pharma drugs found in many tap water systems today, and this unfavorable effect is greatly enchanced in the presence of chlorine and fluorine.
The borax/mannose/xylitol/selenium/baking soda's effect will take about two weeks to noticed improvement. If the the alkalizing needs to improve the biological terrrain of the bone marrow, another alkalizing remedy I will add in addition to the baking soda, which as the sodium carbonate (washing soda), which is a precursor of sodium bicarbonate. This is done to reduce carbon dioxide pressure in low CO2 regions necessary to have the antifungal properties. Therefore another remedy, with baking soda alkalizing remedy with sodium carbonate is as follows which is more effective is (scientist referred this as carbicarb - which stands for sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate together):
1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and 1/2 teaspoon of sodium carbonate in 1/2 glass of water taken twice day.
It's impossible for me to cover all the possible causes, but further look is possible by doing some hair mineral analysis to find out what toxic metals or deficiency is causing the problem. Sometimes arsenic can lead to bone marrow damage that is found in near Bangladesh region of India for example, can lead to some anemia as arsenic is toxic to the cells too, but the so is fungus if it gets deep into the bone marrows needs a long term borax too, and higher protein or amino acid diets, either from the whey protein or the soy protein if a person is vegetarian, since most vegetarian diets are low in amino acids, it is always the amino acids that burns the fats, lowers the blood sugar and hence ONLY a whey protein or a soy protein is taken in the morning as per label instructions of your favorite product, without the aspartame or sodium benzoate (a source of benzene) of course! Vaccinations, steroids and tylenol can further complicate the problems. A good steroids I would use is peppermint oil, vitamin D3 10,000 i.u. taken ocassionally, and vitamin K2 (usually from soy Natto).
I hope this helps, since the background information on specific dietary and past sickness and contaminants is still lacking, even if your emails were a long one, and I am happy that you did do it."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "One minor point is that many immunity issues are quite often related to neurodegenerative disorders (initiated by benzene, aspartame, toluene, etc.) and therefore once detoxifcation removing heavy metals, and other things mentioned, the addition of lecithin and smart drugs to restore the neurodegenerative issues causing autoimmunity such as aplastic anemia, will help. The ones I used are sold locally is the 800 mg. Nootropil (usually L-pyroglutamate in natural forms) and 2 mg of hydergine taken together, but this is taken only 4 or 5 days out of a week with a 2 or 3 day rest period to allow the body to remove toxins slowly. l-Glutathione also helps too, especially in cases of autoimmunity and protective against this condition too. The improvements of autoimmunity of using this can be quite quick and in leaps and bound, but as always a detoxification and proper alkalization must be needed first to keep improvement steady without going back to square one."
01/13/2011: Susy from Woodland Hills, Ca/los Angeles/usa replies: "Hi C & Ted. I have a 16 year old who has long menstrual cycles. We dont know when they will begin or end. Some times they last 3 weeks stop for 1 & come right back. Her doctor put her on birth control pills. Theyve stopped the heavy bleeding but she is still spotting. My worries are long term use. Ted, what can I give her instead of prescribed medicines? All the information I've found online points to her using birth control pills. At this point she is not sexually active so I dont see a need for her to have to take birth control aside the long term damage. Someone please help."
06/19/2012: Njava from Guelph, Canada replies: "I had long cycles until my natro put me on Vitex/Casteberry. My problem was that my ovulation was delayed each month and it was difficult to know when I would start period. Its an herbal supplement that really helped me in regulating my cycles. I take 160 mg a day - which equals to two capsules that are 80 mg each. I have not had any negative side effects from this herb!"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Menstrual problem are not due to iron deficiency. I have seen this problem many times and taking iron supplements do not help.
In practice it is taking vitamin B complex or at least a softgel multiple vitamins with the b complex and also magnesium supplements which helps. The magnesium I like is actually the magnesium chloride, however, other magnesium are also suitable, such as magnesium chelate, magnesium citrate or magnesium gluconate I would likely see people take about 250 mg per day 5 days out of a week and the b complex (usually 100 mg each for B1, B2, B3, B6, except for B12 at 100 mcg for example) are taken perhaps at about every other day for a a month or so. Vitamin E also helps and ideally the menstrual flow often improves. The vitamin E is about 200-400 mg usually is about twice a week.
Taking some lime and baking soda, such as 1 whole lime and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of once in the morning and once before sleeping often helps reduce the calcium buildup which is the problem which menstrual cycles.
Most problems of overweight is due to certain dietary habits which causes it. I would likely eat more fishes, everyday and at least avoid eating anything after 5 p.m. for food. However technically it is more like 4.30 p.m. at least that's how the body's liver cycle works since whatever that was eaten after a certain time the food gets stored as fat. While it is true that once the fats is there, it is difficult to burn. In general I would likely to concentrate on three major food groups to reduce weight, such as protein (fishes), complex carbohydrates (rice), and vegetables. Protein rich foods cause the body to burn more fat. The other important cause is sometimes lack of iodine, for one thing, certain diets in certain parts of India are rich casava diet, which displaces iodine causing hypothyroid condition, and certain parts of India, even sea food are not even eaten at all, as well as the excess use of vegetable oils, and oily foods, white flour, cheese, milk and processed food can also lead to obesity.
The reason is that certain high glycemic diets which are simple carbohydrates, such as fructose, glucose, and sucrose, usually from fruit juices can also lead to that problem also.
Alkalizing also reduces constipation and reducing the amount of time the food spends in the stomach can also reduce weight much like stomach stapling. The reason why that is so is whenever the body stores too much waste in the intestines, it also has to store excess liquids to neutralize the acidity buildup along the intestines as food ferment along the intestines, but at the same time, the body also have difficult ridding of the toxicity and leads to congested liver and sometimes fats becomes a problem that it cannot get rid of.
The key to exercise is actually the timing. Sumo wrestlers gain weight because as a rule to increase weight they had to eat, then sleep. No exercises were allowed after eating. In the U.S. decades ago when children were not obese, the schools give the children about an hour of exercise after eating. The key is that whenever food is eaten too much, the first thing a liver would do in face of eating too quickly is to store the sugar to fats as well as some other food is converted the same. To prevent that simple walking for an hour after eating should help.
In my experience most weight loss were due to just avoiding dinner and simply exercise after eating, as well as alkalizing the body to reduce excess waste in the stomach so detoxing sometimes help. Adding the portion of protein, high fiber or high volume foods with low calories (such as celery), and complex carbs without white flour and bread can help too.
Please see obesity postings at earthclinic where more details on that is discussed."