Herbal remedies for Dysmenorrhea and other female problems

Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for the painful menstruation and it is generally cause due to hormonal imbalances. It mainly occurs due to contractions of uterine wall during menstruation. Prostaglandin is the hormone responsible for these contractions and cause painful sensation. However, many other conditions are also responsible for the pain like high estrogen levels, blood deficiencies, uterine fibroids, cervical stenosis, digestion problems and weak immune system etc.

Herbs and different natural tonics are used worldwide for the treatment of Dysmenorrhea. These herbs can control the symptoms of dysmenorrheal pain by regulating hormone levels and works as anti-inflammatory agents.


The most commonly herbs that are used to treat menstruation pain are:

Dong Quai

Dong Quai is also renowned as Chinese angelica. It is a fertility herb that has been in use for ages for treating menstrual pain and reproductive problems. It regulates the normal menstrual cycle and supports the body during menstruation. It is available in dried form and in the form of powder by which one can make tea; the hot tea suppresses the pain and inflammation.

Cramp bark

Cramp bark is generally used in America and Asia. For Dysmenorrhea cure, it is used in dry form by making tea of the herb. It is used 3 times a day. It can suppress the effects of Dysmenorrhea because it can relax the uterine muscles and also reduces the uterine muscle spasm. It can also use for the cure of other reproductive system problems. It has minimum side effects than other herbs.

Blue Cohosh

Blue Cohosh is mainly used in America for the cure of problems after child birth and other gynecologic disorders. It can be used for many conditions but it is known to be best for the cure of Dysmenorrhea because it relaxes the uterine wall contractions and spasm by which circulation in pelvis become easy and helps in easy menstrual flow.

Evening primrose

Evening primrose is a very useful herb. It is use for the treatment of many medical conditions like Dysmenorrhea, PMS, breast tenderness during menstruation, eczema and other skin diseases. It is helpful in reducing the pain during menstruation and pregnancy. It can be taken as salad. The plant can also be used as vegetable.

False unicorn

False unicorn was used by Native Americans. Modern Americans adopted it from them, it is use for the cure of the problems occur during pregnancy and menstruation. It is also use as diuretic. False unicorn also helps for the treatment of ovarian cyst. In Dysmenorrhea it is also used to suppress the pain during menstruation. It is available in the form of capsules and tonics.


Motherwort has been historically used in china. It is used for the cure of many reproductive problems. It is use as a pain killer during pregnancy and menstruation. It is worldwide used to prevent amenorrhea (a condition in which there is no menstrual flow). It is also helpful in regulating blood pressure and relieves pain of angina. It is also known to use as a medicine for nervous problems. It is available in the form of tea and tincture.


Partridge berry

Partridge berry is helpful in treating Dysmenorrhea and pain after child birth. It can relax cramps during labor and menstruation. It can also be taken during pregnancy because it has very low risk for miscarriages. It is also used as a cure for amenorrhea. It is available in the form of tonics and tea.


Pulsatilla is used worldwide as a cure for many conditions like dizziness, headaches, vertigo, sore throat, and diarrhea. Dysmenorrhea and other menstrual can easily be cure by Pulsatilla. It is also helpful in the cure of amenorrhea. It helps to regulate blood circulation throughout the body. It is available in the form of tablets.


Raspberry leaves have been used for hundreds of years as the cure of Dysmenorrhea and other female reproductive problems, because it can dilate the uterine blood vessel and relaxes the contractions in pelvic area resulting in the reduction of cramps. It is also available in the form of tea and capsules.

Red Chinese sage root

Red Chinese sage root helps to de-coagulate the blood which coagulates in lower abdominal area which stops the menses and causes Dysmenorrhea. It helps to break this thick blood and regulate the menstrual flow. It is available in the form of capsules, tinctures and tea.


Vitex is the well known herb for the cure of women’s problems. It has been used for about thousands of years. It is the known to be the best fertility herb which is used worldwide. It cures Dysmenorrhea by balancing the hormones which are associated with menstruation. It also helps to increase lactation. It also provides help to get rid from acne. It is available in the form of tablet and tinctures.

 Passion flower

Passion flower is widely use throughout the world for many years. It is helpful in the cure of Dysmenorrhea with nervousness and depression. It also can be taken for PMS and other menstrual problems. It is available in the form of capsules and tea.


Ginger is the best natural herb or home remedy used worldwide for the cure of Dysmenorrhea. It helps to prevent difficult menses in a way that it regulates the blood flow. Women use ginger for the cure of many other menstrual problems also. It also helpful in cough, flu and also use to supports digestion. It can be used in the tea and also available in the form of capsules.

About Nidhi Agarwal

Professor of Institute Of Post-Graduate Ayurvedic Education & Research.She has vast experience in the field of Ayurveda and Yoga. She has his clinical expertise in the Use of Rasayana in Jara (Geriatrics), Panchakarma chikitsa in Bone and joint disorders especially Osteopenia & Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Hypertension, Skin diseases and application of Yoga in various psycho-somatic disorders.