Women of any age have historically used herbs that help stimulate menstrual flow. Such herbs are known as emmenagogues and are primarily used to regulate the menstrual flow. Herbal emmenagogues work in several ways and their end result is menstruation. However, their action could be strong or mild depending on the herb. All such herbal emmenagogues act as emergency contraceptives or could be used for dealing with a condition known as oligomenorrhea (infrequent and light menstruation).
Some women induce an early menstruation so that their period doesn’t collide with any vacation or holiday. So, they look out for some solutions that could help them deal with this condition. However, herbs which stimulate menstruation may have side-effects that could be troublesome in some cases as well. So, better seek the advice of your medical practitioner before you use any of the following herbs for stimulating an early menstruation. Also, pregnant women must avoid taking any such herbs.
Here Are The Top 5 Herbs That Stimulate Menstrual Flow:
Black cohosh has been in use traditionally for dealing with several disorders related to the female reproductive system. It helps deal with wide range of disorders ranging from hot flashes to infertility. This amazing herb is used as a great stimulant for menstruation but is also an anti-coagulant, so it might cause a heavy or prolonged period. Hence, seek your medical practitioner’s advice to know about the exact dosage that suits you.
Black cohosh in a wonderful herb which is not only used to bring on a delayed menstrual cycle but also helps relieve the nervous tension and stress associated with the menstrual cycle. One unknown fact is that this herb is often used at the end of the pregnancy to stimulate labor and hence, it is should not be used during the early trimesters of the pregnancy (1).
The tansy flower contains a huge amount of menstrual stimulating hormone known as thujone. However, this herb helps induce menstruation effectively when taken in large or toxic doses. Hence, it is better to seek your medical practitioner advice because this herb might have several side –effects such as convulsions, gastrointestinal problems, heart palpitations etc (2).
Pennyroyal helps stimulate as well as encourage menstrual flow. Pennyroyal oil is an excellent uterine contractor and helps ease menstrual cramps. But the oil is extremely toxic when consumed internally. The herb can be used to prepare an herbal tea and act as a great aid for menstruating women to help alleviate cramps and bring on delayed menstruation (3).
For centuries, juniper is being used for dealing with urinary tract problems and act as a great emmenagogue. It helps deal with menstrual difficulties and eases menstrual cramps apart from promoting menstruation for women with late or scant periods. A few studies have revealed that juniper berries have a great impact in inducing menstruation among women. However, seek your herbalist’s advice before using it for stimulating menstrual cycle (4).
Parsley acts as a gentle menstrual stimulant and helps induce a menstrual cycle with lesser side effects when compared to other stronger herbs. Most of the women use parsley for menstrual problems, particularly if it is delayed due to stress. This amazing herb helps stabilize hormonal disorders, which are the major cause for several menstrual problems. Health experts recommend using parsley for inducing periods as there are no side effects associated with the use of this herb.
Parsley is considered as a weak emmenagogue when consumed internally. Often herbalists use parsley as a vaginal suppository to enhance menstrual flow (5).