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Heavy menstrual bleeding is highly prevalent among young women. About 1 in every 5 women are affected in America. [1] Researchers studied the effect of ginger Zingiber officinale on heavy menstrual bleeding in high school girls using double blind clinical trials. They evaluated 92 young women, for six consecutive menstrual cycles. Researchers commented,

The level of menstrual blood loss dramatically declined during the three intervention cycles in ginger-receiving group.

A minimum number of participants reported adverse effects. The researchers concluded how the significance of appropriate and timely treatment, and the importance of prevention of unwanted consequences, ginger may be considered as an effective therapeutic option for heavy menstrual bleeding.

Researchers from Iran produced a meta review assessing effectiveness and safety of herbal preparations, treating idiopathic heavy menstrual bleeding (IHMB). Using only randomized controlled trials, matching data demonstrated how ginger may reduce menstrual bleeding in women. Treatments using, "ginger capsules and myrtle fruit syrup significantly reduced the menstrual duration and blood loss. [3]

Myrtle fruit Rhodomyrtus tomentosa, a medicinal plant possessing phytochemical constituents, antimicrobial and immuno agents, also inhibits Candida microbial growth. [3]

Anaemia, caused by iron deficiency and low red blood cell count, represents a common problem, especially in women. Daily iron supplementation effectively reduces the prevalence of anaemia and iron deficiency, raises haemoglobin and iron stores, improves exercise performance and reduces fatigue. [4]

Track your period flow to help provide information for you and your doctor.


References

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  2. Effect of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) on Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
  3. Herbal Medicines in Idiopathic Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
  4. Iron Supplementation In Menstruating Women



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Updated: Oct 21 2014