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Multiple Remedies  
11 User Reviews | 1 NAY

Posted by Paritp (Los Angeles, California) on 03/25/2009

[NAY]  I have suffered from irregular periods almost all through out my life.Sometimes i have 35 days cycle sometimes 45 and sometimes 60..depends on what?? i dont know??I have tried oil pulling with sesame oil ..olive oil...Sesame oil cured my problem for sometime ...maybe like 3 cycles.then again back to usual....i take ACV regularly..........i have started exercising for the past month or so......i dont take casre of what i eat,....eating a looot of sweets.Since last 6 months i have been having 47-60 day cycles.....and once 30 days into a cycle i start bloating and retain a lot of water uptyo 5 lbs...nothing seems to dong raspberry tea.....nothing u name it and i have tried it can somebody please please please help me ......

Replied by Dianna
Austin, Tx
you might want to try blackstrap molasses. but be careful - some people say that it makes their period lighter and others say it made it worse... it made mine lighter with no clots and no pain - it just starts and i'm not even expecting it! i only take about 1/4 teaspoon a day. start small - and if you have no bad effects - increase.

something else that really helped me when my period was dragging on and on once - was soy milk. now i usually do not drink soy milk - because i know that it can have weird effects on hormones - but i was desperate because my period had been going for about 2 weeks. i am 49 and pre-menopause and do not want to take hormones. so i went to the store and bought soy milk - and drink one glass. almost immediately my bleeding stopped.

soy milk has a very powerful effect on hormones! be careful. but it definitely helped.
Replied by Paritp
Los Angeles, CA
Thank you so much for your reply but just want to make sure that my problem is not getting periods. What can i do to regularize them? I am 27 and have a 2.5 yr old girl.
Replied by Petit
Mississauga, Canada
Hi :) I stumbled on your post today and couldn't figure out whether to reply or not. Then I thought who knows it might change your life!! Well I used to have irregular menses too and my sister too. But mine was worse : bleeding for a whole month. As for her, she would have it only after three or four months. After taking evening primrose oil, it came back to normal ... Maybe you could try to have somebody to advise you or google on the benefits of evening primrose oil. Maybe you should have a blood sample taken to know if you lack iron ... just a piece of my mind. Hope it's enough to get you on the right track. And uh, yes, I would be glad to know if it worked or not. Take care

Posted by Tara (Houston, Texas) on 03/01/2009

I've been reading all sorts of articles that talk about heavy period bleeding. I usually flood two tampons at once, yes, I wear two at one time and I have to wear Depends with them. I'm 23 and I've had this problem since I was 11. I woke up at 2am this morning because I was bleeding so badly and couldn't go to sleep. I found this site read the articles and went to the 24 hour grocery store near my house. I've just taken apple cider vinegar, molasses, vitamin c and molasses. I will report back and let you know if it worked.

Replied by T
Maryland, USA
Have your ferritin level checked - this is directly related to iron storage. You want it to be around 70-90. My period used to be so heavy when my ferritin levels were really low. Supplementing with iron to raise this brought a big improvement in the bleeding. I took a liquid supplement which gave me no stomach or bowel problems. It does take some time to raise your levels.

CAUTION: No one should supplement with iron without knowing their levels first, and you should check them periodically when supplementing. High iron in the body can do you a lot of damage. If you do supplement, take it with vitamin C and L-lysine, and about 10 minutes or so before meals, to maximize absorption. Taking a B-complex regularly is also a good idea.
Replied by Gean
Salina, KS
I have a friend who was cured of very heavy bleeding by drinking red raspberry leaf tea. I have also heard that taking vitex (chaste berry) extract will cure this. It's supposed to be very good for balancing hormones, male and female. It's reported to work in as little as 10 days, although it takes 3-6 months for full effect. I ordered mine from Puritan's Pride. Several people I know have just begun taking it, so I'll post results later.
Replied by Anna Kp
Perth, Wa
Hi, I want to add to this! I have had painful periods to the point of fainting in the past, and I too found that the Chaste Tree herb did absolute wonders. I think it's full name is something like Vitex Castus Agnus or something? Anyway, it is cheap, and combined with limited dairy and a healthy diet & exercise, this completely got rid of ALL of my symptoms. I also have taken Magnesium, which was/is just as important I think, but it is definitely the Chaste Tree that has done it for me.. :)
Replied by Elsaeasterly
Elsewhere, Ca, Usa
Did you use capsules or tincture?

Oil Pulling  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by lavette (west palm beach, florida) on 11/15/2007

[YEA]  I have been oil pulling for about a month using avariety of oils, like flax seed oil extra virgin olive oil , coconut oil ,sunflower and now finally walnut oil.and for the first time since Iwas twelve my periods are shorter no cramps no cravings no pms.thankyou earth clinic

Replied by Janice
Apopka, Florida
Menstruation Remedies: Can I get more information on Oil Pulling? How much do you take of which oils and when?

EC: Please read this page for more information:

Omega 3  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Vania (Clarksville, Tn) on 02/18/2011

[YEA]  Just putting in a vote for Omega-3 Fish Oil for managing menstrual misery.

In the spring of 2007, I was diagnosed with a uterine fibroid, about the size of a cantaloupe. I am not emotionally prepared for hysterectomy, which was the primary recommendation, of course. My online research led me to Earth Clinic. Currently, at the onset of menstruation, I take the most common brand of organic Apple Cider Vinegar with a bit of baking soda, in 8 ounces of water. For over a year, this remedy has greatly reduced the flow and scary giant clots (like a school of goldfish) that made life so miserable. My periods got so light that I started worrying that I was going into menopause at the age of 41.

Unfortunately, during the last 2-3 months, ACV has seemed to lose its potency. My periods became quite heavy again, with lots of clotting (although not at "goldfish" level). Finally I remembered my mother's first recommendation for my symptoms: 1200 mg Omega-3 Fish Oil Capsules. These were also the first remedy that worked for my fibroid symptoms. But I take more than anyone thinks is good for me: 8 in the morning, 8 in the evening, throughout my 8-day menstruation. This works very well, every time. The only reason I decided to try the ACV remedy is that I LOVE ACV!

I had my "well woman" visit about 2 months ago, and no comment was made about treating my fibroid. I don't think these remedies have shrunk the fibroid, because my belly still looks like I'm 3-4 months pregnant, but I can be pretty content if I can continue to manage the symptoms.

Thank you, Earth Clinic-ers, I love you. You give me hope for better health, naturally.

Pineapple and Lemon Juice  
3 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Huge Improvement In One Hour (Vancouver, Bc) on 05/26/2014

[YEA]  Hi, I had so much flow that I thought that I would have to go to the hospital. At noon I ate a can of pineapple with about a 1/4 cup of lemon juice in it. In one hour I noticed a difference and by the end of the day my flow had decreased to 1/4 of it's original amount. AMAZING!!! I also took 4 Black Cohosh, 4 Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules, 1 extra strength Ibuprofen. Please take these with a full stomach and spread them out. It can upset your stomach. Also you may be allergic to any of these or they may react with your current meds. So taking them all combined and with this dosage is not recommended. Talk to your doctor and see if this will hurt you. If not, then go for it but cautiously and less agressively than I did. My stomach was a little upset but the next day I went through only one pad. I continued with the treatment and on my 3rd day I hardly need a pad. Tomorrow, my 4th day, I will not need one I expect. I didn't take the pineapple/lemon combo today (ran out) but I am taking the other stuff. I also take Laura Vanderhagee's Liquid Iron, Menosmart and Estrosmart. Excellent Homonal Nutritional Line!!! I hope this helps!!! God bless!!!

Replied by Andrea
Wales, Uk
I know you mean well, and what you did helped you. But I would give Ibuprofen a wide birth as the side effects have been known for years. And everyday yet another crops up and sometimes with devastating results.

Love Andrea c XXX

Ibuprofen side effects ( And this is just SOME 'side effects'!!! ) There are even more ''uncommon ones which are common and many go 'unreported' by those in the know.

Along with its needed effects, ibuprofen may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking ibuprofen:

More common

  • Abdominal pain
  • acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • bloating
  • cloudy urine
  • decrease in amount of urine
  • decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • excess air or gas in stomach or intestines
  • full feeling
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • itching skin
  • pain or discomfort in chest, upper stomach, or throat
  • pale skin
  • passing gas
  • nausea
  • noisy, rattling breathing
  • rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of face, fingers, hands, feet, lower legs, or ankles
  • troubled breathing at rest
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • weight gain

Less common

  • Abdominal cramps
  • stomach soreness or discomfort

Rare ???? I know quite a few people that have suffered these 'rare 'effects on ibuprofen

  • Agitation
  • back, leg, or stomach pains
  • bleeding gums
  • blistering, peeling, loosening of skin
  • blood in urine or stools
  • bloody, black, or tarry stools
  • blurred vision
  • burning feeling in chest or stomach
  • change in vision
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • coma
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • cough or hoarseness
  • dark urine
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dilated neck veins
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • extreme fatigue
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • fever with or without chills
  • frequent urination
  • general body swelling
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • hair loss, thinning of hair
  • headache
  • hives or welts
  • hostility
  • impaired vision
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased volume of pale, dilute urine
  • irregular breathing
  • irritability
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • lab results that show problems with liver
  • lethargy
  • light-colored stools
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle twitching
  • nosebleeds
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pains in stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • pinpoint red spots on skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rash
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • redness of skin
  • seizures
  • severe abdominal pain, cramping, burning
  • severe and continuing nausea
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in mouth or on lips
  • stiff neck or back
  • stomach upset
  • stupor
  • swollen or painful glands
  • tenderness in stomach area
  • thirst
  • tightness in chest
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • upper right abdominal pain
  • vomiting of blood
  • vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds
  • wheezing
  • yellow eyes and skin

Symptoms of overdose

  • Bluish lips or skin
  • difficulty sleeping
  • disorientation
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • drowsiness to profound coma
  • hallucination
  • lightheadedness or fainting
  • mood or other mental changes
  • muscle tremors
  • not breathing
  • rapid, deep breathing
  • restlessness
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • stomach cramps
  • sudden fainting
  • sweating

Some side effects of ibuprofen may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in ears
  • hearing loss
  • nervousness

Rare ??????

  • Crying
  • depersonalization
  • discouragement
  • dry eyes
  • dysphoria
    Dysphoria is a state of feeling unwell or unhappy; a feeling of emotional and mental discomfort as a symptom of discontentment, restlessness, dissatisfaction, malaise, depression, anxiety or indifference.
  • And often gets ''misdiagnosed'' as 'Bi-Polar Disorder' which I believe from experiences of others I know that have been 'Labeled' this way to be a vitamin or nutritional deficiency accelerated by stress, or grief.
  • euphoria
  • feeling sad or empty
  • lack of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • mental depression
  • paranoia
  • quick to react or overreact
  • rapidly changing moods
  • runny nose
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • sleeplessness
  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unable to sleep
Replied by Mr. Ree
If and when you take ibuprophen also take one gram of lysine..

Pineapple, Lemon  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Sunshine (Rochester, Michigan) on 04/14/2016

[YEA]  Juice Fresh Pineapple with core, Lemons with Pith

Hi, I had been heavily bleeding for 9 days.I had many other heavy bleeds before this and had already tried the following remedies with no success:

  • Low fat diet
  • homeopathic remedies (tried two different remedies)
  • cayenne pepper
  • flax oil
  • Shepard's purse tincture
  • flax oil
  • vitamin D
  • red raspberry tea
  • vitamin C with bioflavonoids
  • yarrow

I read a comment on another blog (not earth clinic), that a women juiced a whole pineapple including the core, but not the skin and with it juiced 4 lemons, carefully cutting the skin off but not removing the white pith, as you will juice the white pitch of the lemon and the lemon seeds. I drove to the store (10 min. away) and did not think I would make it through the store, without spotting, I was gushing so bad. When I got home I made the juice and drank the whole amount. It tastes bitter with the ratio of 4 lemons to one pineapple. In 4 HOURS the bleeding flow reduced by half. After 6 hours I took another juice of 1 pineapple 4 lemons, and in 3 Hours the bleeding completely stopped. Next period, flow began a little heavy, I did one juice of pineapple and lemons (Must be Fresh, must include pineapple core and lemon pith in the juice), went to normal flow never had a another heavy flow which really was a hemorrhage).

I told my sister about this, because she was having very heavy flows. One of her flows was 21 days. Her doctor had given progesterone, but it was not greatly helping. She decided to do pineapple, lemon and it stopped her flow after 21 days.

3 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Rururu on 06/05/2013

[YEA]  Last period was a nightmare. I was bloated, exhausted, unable to leave my bed/hot water bottle unless it was to stagger into a hot bath. Maximum ibuprofen did nothing.

I tried ginger tea with alder bark and birch bark which helped the pain, to the extent that I could cut back the ibuprofen. I was able to end my period with plantain (Plantago lanceolata, not the banana-like things). So far so good. But I thought I might have cysts or fibroids so I rushed off to the doc who said she could find nothing. We agreed to wait for next period and see how that went.

In the meantime, I had ordered Apple Cider Vinegar with mother and Blackstrap Molasses and started taking it a couple of weeks ago alongside my usual herb tonic, which often includes plantain. I boosted turmeric in my diet and added maca every other day, a B complex daily and probiotics.

I have boosted my fruit and veg intake and cut down on coffee, but I still have one mug in the morning and I still eat non-organic meat (can't afford not to! ).

I am happy to report a better-than-normal period on exactly the right day! I am definitely going to continue.

Replied by Akibah
Hi, I'm quite familiar with plantain but I am curious as to how you prepared it to stop your period. I have had periods lasting as long as 8 months straight and having to wear pampers and end up in the hospital each time. Right now I am on week three and would like to stop this naturally. Thanks in advance :-)
Replied by Jack
I am alternative doctor and have very good experience on this problem.

Yu can resolve it completely with QUERCETIN 500-Mg (twice day ) from 10-12 day heavy bleeding to only 3-4 days. I suggest you start the QUERCETIN 1 or two days before the menstruation and stop only when the menstruation is finish. If you will use every day ; you have no menstruatio. It is very safe and no side effects. You can contact me my email ; jafo(at)globetrotter(dot)net if need more informations. Jack

Red Raspberry and Cinnamon Bark  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Ls (Toledo, Usa) on 11/08/2009

[YEA]  For profuse menstruation drink freely of a tea made with red raspberry leaves and cinnamon bark or cinnamon bark alone. This remedy will be found very effective for reducing pain and flow.

In a gel-capsule combine ground cinnamon and dried red raspberry leaves of equal volume; not by volume weight. Combine half the gel-cap with cinnamon and the other half with red raspberry. Gently packed the red raspberry leaves. The gel cap size is of your choice. I use size 00.

An easy way to fill a capsule is to place the ground or powdered material in a saucer or on a plate and scoop the two sections of the capsule together through the material; both halves will fill.

Fill one whole capsule with ground cinnamon and one whole capsule with dried ground red raspberry leaves. Use half of the cinnamon capsule and it place on one end of half the red raspberry capsule. Look at the capsule halves closely as one side is longer and a little bit bigger. This is so the two halves will combined to make one capsule.

Red Raspberry Tea  
10 User Reviews | 5 YEA

Posted by Jeannie (Victoria, Canada) on 09/14/2014

[YEA]  I am 41 and was bleeding quite heavily (over 30 mls/day) for almost three months. Red raspberry tea worked within the first two days. I made a giant pot in the morning and sipped throughout the day. By the end of the second day, the bleeding stopped. I previously tried a.c.v., vitex, molasses, etc., but this seemed to be the only remedy that did the trick. I have continued to drink it since and so far, so good!

Posted by Colleen (Loveland, Co) on 09/01/2012

[YEA]  I'm a chiropractor specializing in fertility, pre-natal, and pediatric care. I always have this tea here in the office because of its healing and soothing effect on the female reproductive system. I recommend it for menstrual cramps, any cycle irregularity, during pregnancy, and general uterine health. It's a miraculous ancient remedy used by native cultures for centuries. For those who haven't tried it, it's like a mild black tea in flavor and naturally a little sweet. Try drinking it right before and throughout your next period and see how soothing it is for yourself. I usually drink a cup every day and maybe two during my period.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Colleen, do you know a tea or remedy that might aid in becoming pregnant?
Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Mmsg, I don't know if you've heard about this but guaifenesin which is found in cough syrup has been found to help women to conceive. If you google it you will find info on it. Basically, this thins the cervical fluid and thereby allows the sperm to travel more easily. You also need to know when you're ovulating to time it. Also, you must use ones with only this ingredient. There are brands that fit this description. Anyway, I just thought I'd throw this out there since I'd heard about it awhile ago. Lisa
Replied by Heather
Thanks Colleen that's great info, I used to think this tea was just for expectant mothers but it makes sense it's good for uterus in general. Incidentally I have only heard good things about this tea from a close friend at work who swears by it for her very quick births.. 3 hours labour the first time and 11/2tge second time.. She says she took it non stop all day every day according to thirst for the week before her due date!
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Oh yes, Lisa, thanks a lot! I had also heard long ago, that sage tea was helpful, but just remembered that now. Thanks.

Posted by Lizzy (Fargo, Nd) on 10/15/2010

[YEA]  Raspberry Leaf tea is considered the "women's tea". It helps with adrenal glands, and contains iron, calcium and various vitamins. Somehow it helps with the uterus. During menstration it has been amazing how it takes away cramping for me quickly! I also use the tea bag after I am done and put it on my face, and it tightens my pores! During pregnancy I always drink Raspberry leaf tea. It is quite expensive from the natural food store. So, I learned to make my own. I take the leaves off the plants, rinse them off with water, and let dry. Once dry (1-2 weeks) I crush them and store them. I then use them like any tea. It is now a great free beverage I share with my kids too!

Posted by Michelle (Joplin, MO) on 07/17/2007

[YEA]  OK, I read all your postings. I've been menstruating for 21 days now, and usually only have 5 days. So I got some Raspberry Tea, put 2 Tbsps. of Blackstrap Molasses in it (a little heavy, but tolerable) and ACV in grape juice (not a highlight of my day). Here's to hoping it works. I'm trying to get pregnant, so the 3 week period is not helping. I'll keep you posted.

Posted by Leslie (Frankfort, KY) on 09/03/2005

[YEA]  to slow down a heavy flow drink red raspberry tea. Make sure the tea is the color of blood very dark and drink a 6-8 oz cup with honey if wanted or needed for sweetness. It works every time.

Replied by Minni
With regard to Leslie of Frankfurt, I want to add the following for stopping uncontrollable bleeding, (But first, please note that prolonged viewing of computer monitors can ALSO TRIGGER bleeding AND WORSE, and that the following stuff will PROTECT against computer monitors' multi-symptom triggers BUT ONLY TO A DEGREE). Also note that while cherries/raspberries may clot bleeding internally, purple grapes, apples and garlic have the opposite effect since they thin the blood. The latter can also prevent wounds from clotting. Computer fluorescence can ALSO prevent wounds from clotting.

Black cherry concentrate OR Bing cherries OR cherry yogurt ARE EXCELLENT FOR STOPPING BLEEDING AND FOR PROTECTING MUCOSAL LININGS. Note that someone told me that RASPBERRY concentrate ENEMAS helped her. Both of these (black cherry and raspberry enemas) may even prove more potent than the raspberry tea mentioned.

1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Barbara (Ireland) on 08/05/2014

[YEA]  I use Rhodiola Complex for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and although it's been only 1 month the difference it has made is incredible. Rhodiola root extract 62.5mg/250mg of root. Also includes kelp, spinach and minerals. Take 1 capsule 10 days before period every day.

1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Vi (Saskatoon, Canada) on 06/01/2009

[YEA]  PMS/Menstruation/Migraines:

I decided to try a new vitamin and supplement regime to get myself off of a very expensive migraine medication that I needed without fail on a monthly basis! However I've been surprised at the changes that went beyond just no migraines. I felt happy, no bloating, lots of energy, and once my period started, I didn't have the awful lower back pain (I actually cleaned the car and ran errands on the first day), and NO MIGRAINES! If you can believe it I didn't even need an Advil. I'm kind of amazed at this because I don't have a great diet, and don't get as much exercise as I should. Unfortunately it's hard to tell what exactly is doing the trick, but from research on this site and others I've started taking:
*SAMe - S-adenosylmethionine - 12 days before - noticeable improvement in mood
*Vitamin B6 - start 12 days before
*Vitamin B complex - daily
*probiotic - daily
* Vit E - daily
*Mg - daily
*Calcium - daily - at night - to help with sleep, and interferes with absorption of other vitamins
* 1 tbsp flax oil, split over 1.5 tsp am and pm or I feel nauseous
* Salmon oil - daily
* 2 tbs apple cider vinegar - one am and one pm - so far only the common brand but will try organic next time
* garlic tablets (improves circulation)

I've also been taking melatonin, starting 12 days before, but I suspect that it's actually making my sleep worse, though some sites say it can help with migraines.