Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
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Natural Remedies for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

| Modified on Aug 15, 2023
Pineapple, Lemon
Posted by Marisa (MA) on 12/24/2021
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I wanted to share my story in hopes that it will help someone.

For almost a year, I struggled with long periods, about 4 to 5 weeks at a time. I had about 2 weeks in between these long periods. I experienced flooding and went through bags of pads. I'm 50, But the doctor didn't want to diagnose me as perimenopausal, even though tests showed my Progesterone was very low.

I tried many remedies but one here at Earth Clinic caught my attention: juicing lemons and pineapples. I used my Vitamix to juice fresh lemons, grapefruits, oranges, carrots, and apples. Not only that, I added some of the Rinds and piths of the grapefruits and lemons in my juice. I drank about 1/2 to 1 cup a day. The juice is a
Little bitter but tolerable. Sometimes, I added a small beet. I also took a daily iron ferrochel biglyscinate plus Ancestral Supplements beef liver. The result is a night and day difference. This month my period was about 6 days, with flooding on just 1 to 2 days.

I quit my B complex 50 because it caused my heart to race. I had difficulty sleeping but I don't experience that anymore since I quit the B complex. Please share my experience...maybe it will help someone. Thank you.

Curry Leaf Tea
Posted by Teena (Victoria) on 08/06/2021 235 posts
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My pacific island friend complained of debilitating pain, heavy menses, here I use blackstrap molasses a tablespoon a day at the first inkling I am near, I knew it would be very difficult for her to find such a product. I looked into what she has around her and suggested she make a tea of fresh curry leaves. They're high in vitamins and minerals particularly iron. She made the tea and reported hours later that it helped so much with her pains she would take it every day of her period.

You don't need fancy herbs off the internet, look into what's around you. Eg all thistles, and that gardener's bane, couchgrass (root) all excellent for uti, yet usually overlooked.

Best to you.

Posted by AN (Toronto, ON) on 07/29/2021
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My bleeding stopped completely one week after I started cinnamon, I also started to take on the third day of this week Chastetree Gattilier tincture for hormonal balance and I still continue taking it after.

Posted by AN (Toronto, ON, Canada) on 07/09/2021
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I had to change tampons and pads every hour in the last three days, with large blood clots, and I had heavy seven or more day periods all my life, sometimes twice per month or full months. I had been on the pill to regulate them but it made me gain weight, or just taking extra iron. I finally checked earthclinic and decided to try cinnamon, although not a fan of the taste - one teaspoon in a glass of juice or water, and works like a miracle, instantly, I didn't have to change a tampon in five hours, I will post again in a couple of days, purchased a couple of remedies recommended here but I intend to stick to cinnamon and liquid iron for a couple of days to see if it will stop it.

I read a post from another website, a lady said her natural doctor recommended an alternation of primrose oil and fish oil for hormone imbalance and that stopped it.

Sage Leaves
Posted by Anon (US) on 06/03/2020
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Sage leaf stops my period cold. I eat a small bunch of fresh leaves once a day or so during my period if i need it to lighten up. Like for going shopping or taking a walk. It tends to just shut down the whole process until the next month if i eat them every day of the period.

Curry Leaves
Posted by Teena (Melbourne) on 06/02/2020 235 posts
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Friend had severe cramps and bleeding during her period, I suggested fennel and fenugreek, to be infused into a tea, this is what I use and it has reduced my duration from 7 to 4.5 days, and reduced bleeding and I don't have cramps any more.

She didn't have any of the ingredients so I suggested curry leaves, infused into a tea. She took a while to get back to me, but she went and got the leaves which took some time. Then the confirmation, about four hours after my advice. Cramps and pain gone, with a smiling emoji. I don't know if she did it again the next day, but I'm secure that she has the knowledge for next time.

Posted by Alex (Latin America) on 07/14/2020
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I cannot thank you enough for this. I began having issues years ago, no doctor detected the problem, and suddenly, at a high point during the pandemic, I couldn't stop bleeding and spotting. At first I thought it was my period, then 25 days later again, then again, and they lasted for more than a week so I was bleeding all the time. Large clots, very dark blood. I was weak, dizzy. My iron levels were low since February, doctors still saw nothing wrong.

So, I tried ACV and it worked, then I got severe stomach pain and acid reflux so I had to stop. And the spotting came back.

I came here, read your advice and immediately boiled half a cinnamon stick in a litre of water. Drank it and about an hour later I felt the inflammation decreasing. I kept taking half a cup 3 times a day for two days and the spotting was gone.

Stopped taking it, it came back. So, now I'm going to take it every day and hopefully it'll keep working.

I'm also taking molasses, I feel much better, but sadly it didn't seem to stop the spotting.

Again, thank you. God bless you.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Cat (Austin) on 07/30/2018
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Had the same horrifying problem as another poster from 2010-- One week off period; 3 weeks on. Bled so much I soaked a cloth chair at a pizza joint. I've since hit menopause and don't have this worry at all BUT HERE WAS THE REMEDY FOR ME BACK THEN:.

1. NO CARBS: - no rice-potatoes-sugar--wheat/bread. Ate Meat/eggs/fish, salad or cooked veggies, 1 low carb snack daily of berries, cheese, or nuts. Secret: low carb and keto recipes on youtube

2. Took ACV (2 tsp wake-up / 2tsp bedtime w//pinch baking soda in 6oz water)

3. Upped water consumption to 2 liters per day

4. Exercise: I chose to do 5 Tibetan Rites for THAT year - excellent toning!

5. Desiccated Liver Capsule (grass-fed cattle) twice weekly.

The bleeding stopped in 4 days. The pain in my ovaries/uterus ended completely within 10 days. In 6 months, I lost 20 pounds with no loose skin and excellent toning.

I now believe it is a high carb, high sugar diet that is causing these horrifying symptoms in women and if your doctor can't help, try eliminating those high carb foods and sugar. Try it for 30 days. That at least costs you NOTHING!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by B (Philadelphia ) on 06/27/2018
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I had the same issue as many of the women with sudden heavy flooding, clots and a period that's won't seem to stop. No period at all in March(first time that ever happened ) April spotted, May had a period for a month. The heavy flooding and clotting started which scared me. I'm 47 and feel this is perimenopause. 1 T. ACV and teaspoon of (bsm) black strap molasses 3x day worked so fast and the clots and flooding stopped. I'm still spotting but can handle that.

This other site I was on said that I would have to keep doing this indefinitely in order to regulate my estrogen, hormones and thin the lining of the uterus. I'm afraid If I would stop doing this will it go back to heavy flooding and clots. Has anyone ever used Apple cider vinegar and BSM to help with this problem and then stopped? Have any of the people that have used these two remedies for any length of time, have you had any problems?

Love to hear from the people who posted in here years ago as to their outcomes. I would be grateful to hear your story. Thank you.

Herbal Teas to Shorten Menstrual Bleeding
Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 04/24/2018 235 posts


Ladies, not beginners luck. 30 days between and again lasted only 2 1/2 days. No pain, heaviness or clots. I didn't even know it was possible to alter the length or heaviness of my cycle, I thought it was just 'my cycle'. And some women were just lucky they had short light painless periods. It seems as though my body was craving nutrients and they are finally being delivered in a readily available format. As for consistency (commitment), I have missed only two days of the tea, in the one to two months I've been using it. For me this is a winner. I can't wait to see what other health voids it fills.

Herbal Teas to Shorten Menstrual Bleeding
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 04/02/2018

This is really wonderful. Thanks for this post Teena!

I love comfrey too!

~Mama to Many~

Herbal Teas to Shorten Menstrual Bleeding
Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 04/01/2018 235 posts
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Daily garden teas have shortened menstrual bleeding:

I am the type who starts something then gets improvement and stops. Then dig out again when I get sick. But the latest thing I have been doing for three or four weeks and can actually see doing every day. I take some herbs and greens from my garden, wash in a mix of baking soda and vinegar, and steep in just boiled water for 20 minutes. I enjoy being in my garden, while the tea steeps. I take a sprig or few leaves from different plants, but always add lemon verbena and comfrey, for the taste and goodness, respectively. Sage, rosemary, celery leaves, beetroot leaves, dandelion, magnolia leaf, (like Bay), kale, lambs quarters, mallow, dock, sorrel, purslane, leaves from the native anti cancer pittosporum Gumby Gumby, parsley, Madeira Vine, turkey rhubarb, clover, lemongrass, thyme, lemon leaves, moringa leaves, clove basil, oregano are my options,

I pick an assortment each day and drink 750 mls a day, minimum, it's just the time of day that varies, as my work roster is early mornings one week then late evenings the next. But I have been consistent with drinking it every day. The taste is not delicious. But I enjoy it.

My constipation has further improved, and unexpectedly my last period, usually heavy for 7 days, lasted 2 1/2 days. Very unexpected and very welcome. And previous cycles had 24 -26 days between, this time I got 32! (I started to monitor with an app 3 months ago).

I have to note also, I would make salads from my garden greens, take to work every day, and never got these benefits. It's unsurprisingly an absorbency issue for me. I'm not saying you need to grow what I do, but I do suggest researching the benefits of the plants, herbs and 'weeds' that are growing around you, although I do recommend comfrey, made into a salve it relieves any skin irritation, and I used the leaves to repair a young tree that our dog had eaten the stem.

As usual, I don't believe it is any one plant that is benefiting me, but rather a synergy of many parts of many plants.

PS Shepherd's purse is specifically used to stop bleeding, wound and menstrual, the birds will gift me this in winter.

Best to you.

Vitamin D
Posted by Annieg (Hurst) on 03/26/2018

I agree, most doctors definitely do the most intrusive, harmful things possible instead of trying to work WITH the body. I wanted to post an update (all this time after my original one) that I never had another long, heavy period again. In fact, this past year my periods have been few and far between as I've come closer to approaching menopause. I only take vitamin D occasionally now, and do try to get 10-15 minutes of sun a day. I've never felt better. Even ran 3 Spartan obstacle races last year and plan to tackle hiking up Pikes Peak this year and a cross country hike through England next year.

Hope all you ladies are able restore your good health and vitality like I did...best of luck to you all!

Vitamin D
Posted by Marielle (Toronto) on 03/25/2018

I had very similar symptoms and also found that increasing D3 intake also stopped period dead dn it's tracks! Lol I had same reaction...huh. lol. Following that I would still have heavy periods but not the intended flooding that makes you panic and wonder if you are bleeding to death!! I started taking a calcium supplement recently and have found period is quite light although long with a lot of spotting. I feel so much better! Cycle seems more normal as well. I also was given 3 options by doctors, birth control, ablation or hysterectomy but I just couldn't believe that any of those were actually the only answers and was rather miffed that docs don't everdont have better options as this issue seems to be a major issue for women in perimenopause. Something as simple and harmless as taking extra D3 and calcium vs burning lining of uterus, taking fake hormones, or complete removal of uterus! I can't believe these are the options offered! But then there is no money in $8 bottle of D3 right?

Vitamin K
Posted by Sarah (Nz) on 03/19/2018
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I have had bouts of dangerously heavy and prolonged bleeding due to fibroids. I use ACV and molasses plus iron tablets and also cod liver oil.. but I have found that Vitamin K ( I eat lots of Kale and parsley) is the only thing that stops the bleeding. Please do try this as I have found it works almost immediately :)

Rhodiola, Reishi, Ashwagandha
Posted by Wendy (Las Vegas) on 03/09/2018
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I ordered rhodiola powder, reishi mushroom powder and aswagandha root...mixed them together and encapsulated them in Vegetarian capsules. I take two a day. My period was remarkably EASY this month. No cramps, very light...and short. For the last 3-4 years, my periods have been extremely heavy and tons of dark tissue. I had breast cancer last year and went without a period for quite a few months. When it came back four months after chemo was done, it came back with a vengeance! But hopefully with this mix of goodness, I'll be able to handle it much better! No anxiety for me but the Wellbutrin I take wipes that out!

Red Raspberry Tea
Posted by Kat (Palm Beach, Fl) on 02/27/2018
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This is surprising....by the second or third day of use for red raspberry tea (at what should be the end of my menstrual flow). Flow is gone. I only use the rrt to end my period. Maybe I should try it for reduction of heaviness.

Iodoral Iodine
Posted by Sheryl (Fl) on 02/12/2018

How many pills did he tell you to take a day for it to stop?

Pineapple, Lemon
Posted by Bb (California ) on 01/29/2018
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I use this remedy (Fresh Pineapple and Lemon Juice) and it has worked well for me but I do it the easy way. Using this ratio of 3/4 cup of pineapple juice (store bought is fine, you don't need fresh) and 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, you save time and money and still get results. I take it every two hours if I have a super heavy flow. Sometimes I double the quantities and take it two or three times a day. It always reduces the flow to a manageable level and it works fast.

I have tried virtually every other remedy on this site and the lemon/pineapple combination is the only thing that worked.

Red Raspberry Tea
Posted by Nikki (Washington) on 12/17/2017
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I have heavy periods, so I bought Red Raspberry Leaf Tea and had been drinking it for a couple weeks to ease my upcoming period. But, my period ended up heavier and clottier than I had ever had before. I read that this can happen because the rrl causes contractions to tone the uterus, and the contractions flush out the blood faster. Scared the heck out of me! Took Slow Flow to chill it back out.

Folic Acid, Vitamin D and BSM
Posted by Beamer (Brisbane, Australia) on 12/14/2017

Generally good doctors are hard to find here!

Posted by Anon (Usa) on 10/24/2017
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I have used various amounts of Lugol's 2% for a few years. Feeling under the weather a while back I put two droppers full (technically about half the dropper from a 2oz. bottle, twice) in a glass of water once or twice a day a few times, and when my next menses came it was only four days long, where previously it was always seven days. I used half a box of tampons rather than nearly the whole box.

Posted by Tania (Ecuador) on 06/28/2017
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I just wanted to share my experience from a heavy bleeding episode that I had jus few weeks ago... I am 43 years old and had a miscareage and I was bleeding heavily..but since my life stile does not matches hospitals or medication I decided not to take anything and let my body recovery naturally...theblleding would not stop with anything and some days passed by and my husband and I started to worry...then we just remembered that Maca is a great suplement charged with minerals among of those big dosis of iron besides being a hormonal regulator and a smart suplement that stimulates whatever function or substance your body needs to recover in an specific circumstance...so I took two big glasses of a smothie ...each one of them contained 1 Tbsp of Maca and my bleeding was gone in a matter of hours.

Posted by Linda (Texas) on 04/19/2017

Careful with cod liver oil. My sister used it for years & her doctor said that is what damaged her liver.

Posted by Tiffiany (Wasilla ) on 03/16/2017

You may want to consider having your daughter take cod-liver oil in capsule in my personal experience.

Posted by Momof3 (Virginia) on 02/08/2017
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My daughter's flow was very heavy...leaking through pads day and night...just awful and like this every month. She was starting to get scared to get her period each month. I started her on iodine tablets 12.5mg a day about 5 days before her period and for the first time the flow was normal and shorter. She continues with the iodine on and off for weeks until the week before then moves to daily. If she forgets to do this the heavy flow comes back.

Posted by Vforba (Pa) on 01/30/2017

Thanks for your mention of Arnica. I recently was told the same thing. I have a friend who took it postpartum to prevent heavy bleeding. I am 44 and suffer from PCOS and typically don't have periods often but when I do they are like 2-3 weeks long of constant spotting and a medium flow in the middle. But typically once a year I will get hit with the mother of all periods where I will lose about 3/4oz per hour. The reason I know this is because I use a menstrual cup and it has measurements on it. Which I know is way too much. I have been spotting now for about 3 weeks and was feeling quite bad tonight. I have started taking the ACV today in water and am hoping it will prevent any horrific flows tomorrow. If I can take this and Molasses to help with my cycle, I will gladly take it until I go through the change.

Collard Greens
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn) on 01/15/2017

KAT,,,, wish we could send you some of our collards as they have been through a number of frosts and are very sweet. I'm sure collards in Fla. have not been through a frost where they start producing sugar and are sweet and not bitter. Folks in the Sweat South have to add sugar to nullify the bitter taste. You also might find them more palatable if you add a little hog fat, such as bacon.

Glad you found your nitch. We eat collards because they are one of the most nutritious of all vegetables.


Collard Greens
Posted by Kat (Merritt Island, Fl) on 01/15/2017
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My doctor told me to take vitamin K to stop the heavy bleeding during menstruating. I researched foods that have a high content of it in it. I tried collard greens. They also have several other good vitamins too. After eating 1/4 cup about three times a day. I noticed l was not having to change so often or set my alarm clock at night to prevent an accident. I learned to cook them myself for taste and controlling the amount of sodium. Better than canned for me because the heavy sodium gives me cramps on my heaviest day. A true miracle for me. Fresh collard greens works better for me than the vitamin K pills.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Rose (Baltimore) on 10/21/2016

Sookiec, I had a similar experience except mine remained so heavy for well over two weeks I couldn't leave the house. I, too, was searching for help and discovered this remedy. It didn't help continuously right away, but out of desperation I persisted. I think it takes various amounts of time depending on the iron and mineral deficiency of the individual. I had to take continually every day twice a day for about two weeks. It made the excessive flow lighter then made it stop completely. It's been over a year since I had a cycle. This week it started again and it's excessive again. Went right away to get some molasses...came in here to verify I remembered the recipe correctly. Felt compelled to respond to your post. Hope it helps to encourage you or others not to give up too quickly. Best wishes. =)

Vitamin D
Posted by Annieg (Hurst) on 08/27/2016

The brand I take is Natural Factors, but I've tried several types, they all work fine. You should be able to find a variety on Amazon.

Your pinched nerve should be easily fixed by a chiropractor (I've had one or two fixed over the years). I realize you don't have insurance, but most don't take a lot of insurances anyway and could probably work something out with you on cost if you explain your problem. That's a pretty straightforward thing to "fix" for them.

I agree with Mama to Many about the turmeric for inflammation, and the blackstrap molasses. Seems to slow menstrual flow and - if you're anemic - will help fix that. If you're anemic that can cause you to bleed more. Vicious cycle and all that. I found I couldn't take Cayenne...made me have a rapid heartbeat which is strange and probably not a common occurrence. Shepherd's Purse worked pretty well to slow it and you can get it in a liquid to work faster. Actually I tried everything on this site and some worked briefly but nothing made the bleeding stop completely except for the Vitamin D. Let me know if you have any other questions...I wish you luck!

Vitamin D
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 08/27/2016

Dear Cindy,

A friend of mine recommended to me the Optimal Vitamin D - it has 2,000 mg vitamin D per drop. It really brought her levels up. But you need to be careful and have your blood checked once in a while. You can get too much vitamin D and that can cause other problems.

I am sorry to hear of the neck pain and heavy periods!

Turmeric may help both. 1 teaspoon in a glass of water or juice or milk a couple of times a day. It is anti-inflammatory and helps with pain. But it can be constipating, so make sure to drink plenty of water and cut back the amount if it should slow down your system.

Cayenne is also helpful for pain and bleeding.

So is blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap will also help restore lost iron due to the bleeding.

You will want to stay well hydrated and keep your pH from being acidic. I find that alkalizing my body helps reduce pain. My favorite alkalizing drink to reduce pain is this:

  • 2 Tablespoons organic lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 drops Stevia extract (optional0
  • 12 ounces of water.

Magnesium oil sprayed on your neck several times a day can also help with the pain. It isn't oily, though. It seems to make my hair curlier but not greasy.

I hope you feel better soon!

~Mama to Many~

Vitamin D
Posted by Cindy (Cleveland, Ohio) on 08/26/2016

Thank you so much for the post on vit D. I take 5000 (mg or iu) once per day, after reading this I just took another. Can you share what brand you take? The brand I take no longer makes in the 5000 iu. I'm suffering terribly with very heavy bleeding, now clots, and no health insurance. I'll be 52 in November, I pray this works. I also read to take a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of hot water, so I did that today also. Things have slowed for now, but it just comes on with no warning like a water flow. I've suffered with heavy bleeding for years, pretty bad since last November. Now I'm also suffering with what I think is a pinched nerve in my neck/back, and in unbearable pain all the way down my arm, can't even sleep at night. If anyone has any ideas on what I can do for the pain, please. Again, no health insurance. Thank you so much, and I wish all of you ladies the best health, and peace and comfort.

Vitamin D
Posted by Ms (Ma) on 07/25/2016

I so appreciate your whole story as I have been on a blind quest for almost 5 years of severe bleeding. When it started it was light and intermittent and gradually got worse and I have been living in pure hell. I do a small fibroids in my cervix and the dr I saw is not skilled enough to remove it. I was offered an IUD...un NO!!! She (the dr) told me over 5 years ago "Let's wait and watch" its more like lets wait and watch me die a slow agonizing death of bleeding my life away. I was never given any info about iron, vitamin d...nothing! I was tested several years ago for a vitamin D deficiency and given pharmaceutical Vitamin D for a week no follow up no care about me at all. Thank goodness for the internet I have tried everything with no help from any "western doctor". I am thankful for the info about vitamin d and anything else I have found that helps. Nothing is making me completely better but I know natural alternatives take time and you have to be very consistent. It is horrible how a dr can say wait and watch.......like I said what...wait and watch me bleed to death?!

Red Raspberry Tea
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 07/20/2016

Jennat, start SLOW! As in ONE capsule a day.

Red Raspberry Tea
Posted by Jennat (Westport, Ct) on 07/19/2016

BSM, ACV, and Raspberry Tea/Capsules did not work for me. It seems like they made me flow even more. No combination of the three helped stop the bleeding. Plus, the ACV was making me bloated and gassy.

I went and bought Nature's Way Cayenne Pepper capsules. I hope the Cayenne helps. How many are supposed to take each day? Any side effects?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Sookiec (Westport, Ct) on 07/17/2016

Which would be better to take to help stop a long period, ACV with the mother or ACV capsules? I know that "the mother" is the best part of ACV, but when it comes to wanting to stop your period/heavy flow, does it matter?

Vitamin D
Posted by Annieg (Hurst, Tx) on 07/17/2016

UPDATE: Since my original post, I've had two completely normal cycles. My period came in about 28 days, lasted 4 or 5, and was gone again. It was quite light, as well (yay! ). The timing of my ovulation is normal now, too, which I find interesting. Before, when my period would finally cease, I would ovulate within just a few days. Now it's on a more normal schedule. I haven't taken the blackstrap molasses since my original post so the only thing that changed was the vitamin D. This has been a life changing thing for me and I hope it helps someone else too.

Red Raspberry Tea
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 07/16/2016

Dear Jennat,

My understanding is that the properties of Red Raspberry Leaf are best extracted from water, as in, a tea. I would expect the capsules to not work well, if at all, though perhaps others experience success with them, and for you, the symptoms are worse...

Cayenne pepper - 1/2 teaspoon in a glass of juice, sipped through a straw has always worked for me for heavy bleeding. The straw keeps you from burning your lips when you drink this.

Shepherd's Purse works for me as well - 1-2 droppers full of the tincture every couple of hours until symptoms improve. (I don't think I have ever needed more than 2-3 doses in a single day.

~Mama to Many~