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Herbal Programs for Women's Health

© Janet Zand LAc, OMD

With these two phases in mind, let's look at several herbal programs that benefit optimal health for women:

Optimal Health for Women: General
This is a general program for women to both regulate and balance the hormonal system as well as to enhance body resistance. It can be used for several months, however it is not designed for women with severe premenstrual syndrome.

  • Week 1

    Dong Quai and Red Raspberry leaf combination
    For hormone balancing and blood building
    Dosage: As a liquid extract, tablet, capsule or tea, 3 times daily

  • Week 2

    Dong Quai and Red Raspberry leaf combination
    For hormone balancing and blood building
    Dosage: As a liquid extract, tablet, capsule or tea, 3 times daily

  • Week 3

    Adaptogenic herbs (Astragalus, American Ginseng, or Chinese Ginseng)
    To tonify the body's deep immune system
    Dosage: As a liquid extract, tablet, capsule or tea, 3 times daily

  • Week 4

    Echinacea & Goldenseal combination
    For their anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties
    Dosage: As a liquid extract, tablet, capsule or tea, 3 times daily

Premenstrual Syndrome: General
This is a general program based upon hormone balancing and blood building during the first two weeks, and liver clearing during the second two weeks.

  • Week 1

    Dong Quai and Red Raspberry leaf combination
    For hormone balancing and blood building
    Dosage: As a liquid extract, tablet, capsule or tea, 3 times daily

  • Week 2

    Repeat Week 1, or until onset of ovulation (then skip to Week 3)

  • Week 3

    Vitamin B6 and Magnesium
    Nutritional support to reduce PMS symptoms and cramps
    Dosage: 2-3 times daily

    Lipotrophic Factors (Choline, Inositol, Methionine)
    To stabilize liver function
    Dosage: 2-3 times daily

    Herbal liver cleansing formula (Dandelion, Bupleurum, et al)
    Dosage: As a liquid extract, tablet, capsule or tea, 2-3 times daily

  • Week 4

    Repeat Week 3, until the beginning of menstrual flow

Premenstrual Syndrome with Flu Like Symptoms
For women whose immune systems become compromised during the week prior the menstruation. They frequently complain of cold and flu symptoms, with aching and general inflammation. Follow weeks 1 and 2 of the above PMS program. For Weeks 3 and 4, try the following:

  • Weeks 3 & 4

    Echinacea and Goldenseal combination
    For their anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties
    Dosage: As a liquid extract, tablet, capsule or tea, 3 times daily

    Vitamin B6 and Magnesium
    Nutritional support to reduce PMS symptoms and cramps
    Dosage: 2-3 times daily

    Lipotrophic Factors (Choline, Inositol, Methionine)
    To stabilize liver function
    Dosage: 2-3 times daily

    Herbal liver cleansing formula (Dandelion, Bupleurum, et al)
    Dosage: As a liquid extract, tablet, capsule or tea, 2-3 times daily

Premenstrual Syndrome with Severe Cramps
For women with PMS accompanied by severe uterine cramps. Following the general program for premenstrual syndrome over a period of time will alleviate severe cramps if they are not due to a more serious condition (such as fibroids). For symptomatic relief of cramps, add the following at the onset of symptoms:
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About The Author
JANET ZAND, O.M.D., L.Ac. is a nationally respected author, lecturer, practitioner and herbal products formulator whose work has helped thousands of people achieve better health....more
 
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