Long before modern pharmaceuticals existed, people took herbs and botanicals to treat different aliments. Many modern pharmaceuticals continue to use those components in herbs and botanicals because they have been proven to be effective.
Traditional medicine models like Ayurveda[A] and Traditional Chinese Medicine[B] have ample anecdotal evidence of benefits in the use of these herbs. Such complementary therapies should be explored in combination with standard, conventional medical care, it should not replace standard, conventional medical care, especially when treating serious conditions. Scientific research has tested supplements in the lab to assess its effectiveness.
In the case of women’s health, there are several herbs that research shows are effective in helping to protect you from some of the ailments and conditions women are more vulnerable to.
Below are five herbs that may help support women’s health.
Five Herbs for Women’s Health
- Nettle: A herb high in iron, it is useful in helping to treat anemia. It has been traditionally used to “nourish the blood” before and after childbirth
- Black Cohosh: This herb is used as an alternative to hormone therapy during menopause and as a treatment to PCOS
- Shatavari: A herb used in Ayurveda, it helps to elevate oestrogen levels and correct the various issues low oestrogen can cause, such as vaginal dryness, low libido, and low fertility
- Raspberry leaf: Used to help promote menstrual regularity and ease cramps. It is sometimes used in labour to help ease pain, but evidence for this use is not conclusive
- Skullcap: a root that can help to relieve stress and tension and boost overall mood
Note that, as with many herbals and botanicals, research may not yet confirm its effectiveness. However, generations of use as part of holistic medicinal models, anecdotes, and initial research may be enough for you to want to give one of these supplements a try, with the approval and supervision of your doctor.
In many cases, these herbs are not easy to find at your local market or health food store. That is where supplements can come in handy. Supplements take the active components of herbs and botanicals that are used for different ailments and package them in pills, teas, and liquids for easy access, safety, and reliable dosage.
Written by Sasha A.
With a B.A. in Anthropology and a Master of Science, Sasha shares her knowledge in articles about food, nutrition, health, and fitness.
[A] Ayurvedic Medicine: In Depth: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/ayurvedic-medicine-in-depth
[B] Traditional Chinese Medicine: In Depth Chttps://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/traditional-chinese-medicine-what-you-need-to-know
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