The menstrual cycle is a normal process in females that starts at the age of twelve or after that. Normally, this cycle is of three to seven days. But, in some women, periods get prolonged with heavy bleeding. They need to change their tampon (or sanitary pad) after every 2-3 hours. Such condition is called Menorrhagia. It results due to hormonal imbalance and is generally observed in females aged 40-50 years (before menopause). Factors like the use of blood thinners, use of IUD (intrauterine device) and birth control pills, infection in the pelvic area, thyroid, excessive stress, etc., are also responsible for heavy periods. Abnormal menstruation bleeding may have severe outcomes such as depressive mood, decreased strength, fatigue, anemia, and cervical cancer. We have enlisted several natural and home remedies to stop heavy flow during periods.
Home Remedies for Heavy Menstruation Bleeding
1. Iron Rich and Healthy Food
Iron is an essential nutrient that a body needs. Heavy bleeding results in loss of iron, which, in turn, makes you anemic. To replenish this deficiency, you must include iron-rich foods such as spinach, carrot, beans, seafood, dried apricot, resins, broccoli, etc., in your diet. You can also take iron supplements after seeking advice from the doctor.
Take magnesium-rich foods such as avocado, dried fruits, banana, yogurt, pumpkin, etc., to maintain hormonal balance and prevent heavy bleeding during periods. Consult your doctor if you want to take magnesium supplements.
Note: Consuming large amount of magnesium causes diarrhea.
Tamarind is rich in antioxidants; it reduces the cholesterol level and is one of the best natural remedies for the treatment of heavy bleeding. You can make tamarind paste by removing seeds and mixing it in a blender after adding honey and water.
- You can also prepare sauce by boiling tamarind (seedless) in water. Add sugar and salt according to your taste. Allow it to cool and have it with your bread.
Take 2-3 cinnamon sticks and grind them until you get a fine powder. Take one teaspoon of the powder and add it to one cup of water. Boil the mixture and leave it for a few minutes. Have it twice a day to stop heavy period bleeding.
5. Coriander Seeds
Coriander seeds help balance the hormones and cures heavy periods. Add two teaspoons of coriander seeds in water. Warm it until half of it is left. Allow it to cool and strain the solution. Have it twice or thrice a day.
Boil grated ginger in a cup of water for a few minutes. You can add honey or sugar to sweeten it. Strain the mixture and take it twice or thrice daily, after meals.
7. Mustard Seed
Take one tablespoon of mustard seed powder with water or milk every day, during your menstrual cycle. It is one of the best home remedies to control heavy bleeding.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Take one teaspoon of ACV with water, once or twice a day, during periods. It also helps reduce headache and cramping.
9. Red Raspberry
Leaves of red raspberry contain tannins, which help decrease the abdominal pain and relax the uterine muscle. Take a bunch of raspberry leaves, dry them completely and make a fine powder. Add one teaspoon of the powder to hot water (one cup). Let the mixture rest for 10-15 minutes, then strain and drink it.
Add ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder to a glass of warm water. You can also add honey to it. Consume it every day, during the menstrual cycle.
11. Omega-3 Products
Omega-3 rich products like fish, seafood, flaxseeds, and fish oil should be included in the diet to cure the heavy blood flow, naturally.
12. Cold Compress
Wrap some ice cubes in a towel or a cloth bag. Put it on the lower abdomen for about half an hour. It reduces the bleeding, as well as pain.
13. Blackstrap Molasses
It helps in the formation of red blood cells and regulates the amount of blood loss during the menstrual cycle. It also reduces the blood clot and pain.
14. Fenugreek Seeds
Take 3-4 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds and add them to 4 glasses of boiling water. Boil it for several minutes and stir well. Strain the mixture and have it, three to four times a day.
15. Sacred Fig
Freshly prepared juice of sacred fig is also one of the best ways to treat the heavy bleeding. It can be taken twice a day – one full glass in the morning and a glass before you go to bed.
Eating papaya helps soothe the abdominal muscles and regulates the contraction of the uterus, which, in turn, controls the blood flow during the cycle.
17. Sesame Seeds
Make a fine powder of 250-300 grams sesame seeds in a blender. Store it in a dry container. Take one tablespoon of this powder and mix it with the hot water (an ounce). Have this twice a day during periods.
18. Mustard Seeds
Have 2 to 3 grams of mustard seed powder with milk, two times each day during the heavy period, to reduce the amount of bleeding.
Natural (Herbal) Remedies for Heavy Periods
19. Bamboo Leaves
Make a decoction of bamboo leaves and take it twice a day. It’s an excellent treatment for the abnormal bleeding and other menstruation-related problems.
20. Mango Bark
Extract juice from a fresh mango bark and then add 25 drops of this juice to a cup of water. Sip it every day to stop heavy bleeding during menstruation.
21. Wood Apple Leaves
Wood apple can be consumed raw, or else, you can have the mixture of freshly ground wood apple leaves and warm water. This is the natural way to get rid of excessive bleeding.
22. Rough Chaff
Take 300ml water and soak 20 gm of rough chaff in it. Drink it twice a day. This remedy is very effective in curing the heavy flow.
23. Jujube Tea
Jujube tea can be prepared simply by adding 15 grams of jujube leaves and red dates (a spoonful) to 200ml boiling water. Strain the tea and drink it 8-10 times in a month, particularly during menstruation cycle.
24. Banana Flower
Eating cooked banana flower with yogurt increases the progesterone and helps control the excessive bleeding during periods.
25. Tanner’s Cassia
The buds and flowers of tanner’s cassia are very helpful in controlling the amount of blood loss during the menstrual cycle. All you need to do is take some fresh flowers and put them into the vaginal canal, for 10-15 minutes.
26. Thyme Leaves
Steep 1 tablespoon of thyme leaves in the boiling water for 10-12 minutes. Strain and drink it 2-3 times a day. You can also prepare cold compress by freezing thyme tea in an ice tray. Wrap the ice cubes in a cloth and put it on the abdomen to cure heavy bleeding.
It is one of the best herbal remedies for menstruation-related problems. Comfrey tea helps constrict the blood vessels, thereby decreasing the heavy bleeding. To prepare tea, steep comfrey leaves (2 tablespoons) in warm water for about half an hour. Drink it during periods.
28. Rosehip Tea
Rosehip is a rich source of vitamin C, which helps absorb the iron from the food. Start drinking the rosehip tea 2-3 days before menstruation and continue it till the periods last. It’s an effective herbal cure for heavy bleeding.
29. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry is well-off in vitamin C. It is helpful in treating the excessive blood flow. Have one or two ripe gooseberries every day. You can also take its powder with the cold water, to prevent excessive bleeding.
Licorice corrects hormonal imbalance and manages the level of estrogen and progesterone. Take half a teaspoon of licorice root powder daily, with water.
Prepare a glass of fresh parsley juice and drink it during the first 3 days of menstruation, after every meal.
Prepare an infusion by boiling 5-7 marigold flowers in half a liter of water. Allow the flowers to boil in the water for 10 minutes. Strain the infusion and let it cool down. Drink at least 120 ml of the marigold infusion, three times a day.
33. Shepherd’s Purse
Shepherd’s Purse (capsella bursa-pastoris) provides relief when consumed during heavy blood flow. It is one of the effective natural remedies for heavy menstrual bleeding.
34. Chaste Tree
Chaste tree helps in the production of progesterone. Take about 30 drops of chaste tree tincture 4 times a day, during heavy bleeding.
35. Hawthorn Flowers
Mix 30 grams Hawthorn and 15 grams saffron in water. Consume this decoction. It is very effective for the problems like discharge of blood clots and abdominal pain. This decoction also prevents the excessive bleeding during menstruation.
- Take plenty of rest during menstruation.
- Take a healthy diet that is full of fibrous food and essential minerals.
- Do regular exercises and yoga to relax the muscles and abdomen.
- Consult a doctor if bleeding is too much.
- Don’t eat spicy and caffeinated food.
- Avoid consumption of salt during periods.
- Do not take painkillers to reduce the pain.