herbal combination of chastetree berry, fennel and Mentha longifolia safely treats infrequent (oligomenorrhoea) periods and loss of periods (amenorrhoea).

For some women, periods just stop. Absence of periods is a real problem that can have potentially serious consequences down the road. But two great women’s herbs can team up to beat amenorrhoea, or the absence of periods.

If you have had a period before, and your periods stop, that is called secondary amenorrhoea. Primary amenorrhoea is when you haven’t had a period at all by the age of fifteen.

With all the pressure to look thin in today’s world, amenorrhoea is a real risk, since improper diets, anorexia or bulimia and overly exercising are all causes of amenorrhoea. Other common causes include the birth control pill, hormonal imbalances, tumours, stress and trauma and obesity.

The greatest women’s herb of all is chastetree berry. The newest women’s herb is fennel. In our recent issue of The Natural Path (Vol.24, No.8), we did a feature article on fennel for women. We highlighted new studies that show that fennel can help you through menopause and bring you relief from painful periods.

And now new research shows that chastetree berry and fennel can help you if you have lost your period too. The new study combined chastetree berry and fennel with Mentha longifolia, a type of mint also known as wild mint or horsemint. Forty women experiencing inconsistent (oligomenorrhea) or absent (amenorrhoea) were given either progesterone or a herbal tea made of chastetree berry, fennel and Mentha longifolia. The herbal tea was drunk for two weeks for three menstrual cycles.

The number of women who had a period in the first cycle was not significantly different in the two groups: 83.3% in the herb group versus 94.1% in the hormone group. Regularity of periods was not significantly different in the two groups. The length of time between periods decreased in both groups. Volume of blood increased in the progesterone group but not in the herb group, but the difference was not significant. 23% of the women in the progesterone group had their first period after treatment stopped on time compared to a superior 50% in the herb group, but that difference was not significant.

While painful periods and acne got worse in the progesterone group, they got better in the herb group. Hirsutism, or the development of hair growth in a male-like pattern, also got worse on the hormone but better on the herbs.

The herbal tea was safe.

The researchers concluded that the herbal combination of chastetree berry, fennel and wild mint is a safe, effective choice for treating oligomenorrhoea and amenorrhoea.


Curr Drug Discov Technol 2020;17(1):68-78


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