Heavy menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia, is a difficult problem for women who experience it. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is an herbal remedy that can be helpful when menstrual bleeding becomes excessive.
Heavy menstrual bleeding that lasts longer than seven days with large clots can negatively impact daily life. Heavy bleeding that soaks through pads frequently can lead to anemia, fatigue, and exhaustion. Prolonged periods can be a nightmare of what seems like non-stop bleeding. In cases like these, yarrow is a helpful herb to have on hand.
Uses and Benefits
Yarrow is beneficial for menorrhagia because it is antispasmodic and curbs heavy bleeding. It relaxes the smooth muscle of the uterus and relieves painful menstrual cramps.
Yarrow is also anti inflammatory. This makes it a good herb for swelling and pain characterized by inflammation. Yarrow can be used for pain relief, and it’s diaphoretic properties are good for fevers and colds because it induces sweating.
How to Use and Where to Buy Yarrow
However, during a heavy period it might not be convenient to prepare yarrow tea. In that case, yarrow can be taken in capsule form or as a tincture. Tinctures are convenient and fast-acting. Capsules are portable and easy to carry with you in case of emergencies while at work or running errands.
Yarrow is not for use during pregnancy, as it may stimulate the uterus. Remember to discuss herbs and health problems with a primary care provider you trust.
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