Herbs For women

Herbs For women

For many centuries herbs have been used very successfully & safely in treating female conditions. Herbs have been used to treat PMT, bloating, pregnancy, heavy or minor periods, urinary infections and the menopause. Now they are also used to treat stress and are used as mild sedatives to help you get off to sleep without the side effects of benzodiazepines. Plant hormones are very similar in structure to human hormones which accounts for their effectiveness in gently stimulating natural processes in the body.

Uva ursi

Also called Bearberry this herb has a soothing as well as an astringent effect and marked diuretic action. This has great value in diseases of the bladder and kidneys, by strengthening and imparting tone to the urinary passages. The diuretic action is due to the glucoside arbutin, which is largely absorbed unchanged and is excreted by the kidneys. During its excretion, arbutin exercises an antiseptic effect on the urinary mucous membrane. Bearberry leaves are, therefore, used in inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract such as urethritis and cystitis.

Shepard’s Purse

Shepherd’s Purse has been used medicinally for centuries. In Chinese medicine, it is used for dysentery and eye problems. People still chew the seeds of the Shepherd’s Purse to improve their vision. Shepherd’s Purse has been used regulate menstrual problems, and by midwives to stimulate uterine contractions and prevent post-partum haemorrhage. In fact, Shepherds purse is the best herb to immediately stop post-partum haemorrhaging. During World War I, Shepherd’s Purse was used by British Soldiers to help slow the bleeding from wounds. Shepherds Purse can also be used for excessive menstrual flow and a myriad of other bleeding related issues. Shepard’s purse has also been shown to reduce urinary tract irritation and is often used as a mild diuretic.

Raspberry Leaf

Raspberry Leaf tea supports the female system by aiding healthy menstruation as well as toning the uterus in preparation for childbirth. Infusions of raspberry leaf have been traditionally used as an important gynaecological aid by women of the Cherokee, Iroquois and Mohawk nations of North America. The high mineral content of Raspberry leaf also assists in the production of breast milk. The tonic and relaxing action of the leaves reduces the pain of uterine contractions and makes them more effective and productive, thereby easing and shortening the duration of childbirth.


In the 16th century, it was used to treat nervousness, trembling, headaches, and heart palpitations. During World War II, it was used in England to relieve the stress of air raids. In addition to sleep disorders; valerian has been used for gastrointestinal spasms and distress and epileptic seizures. The herb has recently been used very successfully to treat stress.


Fucus vesiculosus which is also known as Bladderwrack is really nothing more than a form of kelp seaweed and has been used medicinally for centuries. The main use of the herb has been for the stimulation of the thyroid gland as a treatment for obesity and cellulite. The high iodine content of the herb stimulates thyroid function which boosts metabolism.  Jimenez-Escrig et al (2001) found Fucus to have the highest antioxidant activity from a range of edible seaweeds, possibly due to the presence of Fucoxanthin (Yan et al. 1999). Used to prevent breast cancer in Japan and is also helps clear fibrocystic breast disease. The seaweed contains nearly 30 minerals.


Passiflora that is well known for its sedative properties. Since its introduction into European herbal medicine systems, passionflower has been widely used as a sedative, antispasmodic and nerve tonic. Passion flower is used primarily as a sedative or nervine to combat excess nervousness and anxiety, to tranquilize, and to induce sleep. The herb has also been used as an anodyne, anti-spasmodic and anti-convulsant to treat dysmenorrhoea and muscle cramps. A cup of Maracuja tea or 2 glasses of juice will naturally calm down the most hyperactive child, and for this reason it is highly valued by Brazilian mothers. Italian physicians have placed great emphasis on passion flower in the treatment of asthma. Passionflower has traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac.

Ralph Quinlan Forde – CEO www.stargatenutritionvitamin.com the author and Holistic Medicine Consultant has contributed to the following publications over eight years, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Herald, IVENUS, Tescos Magazine, The Irish Examiner and The Sunday Tribune. He is also the founder of www.medicinebuddhafoundation.org. His book The Book of Tibetan Medicine is now in 11 languages http://thebookoftibetanmedicine.blogspot.com

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