Dysmenorrhea – Relief from Painful Menstruation

Dysmenorrhea – Painful Menstruation

Dysmenorrhea is painful menstruation and is the most common of all gynecologic complaints, and the leading
cause of absenteeism of women from work, school, and other activities.

More than half of all women who are in their reproductive years suffer from painful menstruation each month.
About one quarter of them suffer so badly they have to take leave of work or school.

Painful menstruation occurs with considerable frequency, particularly among adolescent females. Pain usually
begins with, or just slightly before, the onset of the menstrual flow and lasts for periods of up to two
days, seldom longer.

This condition is associated with an increased production and concentration of prostaglandin (an active principle
obtained from the prostate gland and seminal vesicles; it is a pressor [increasing the activity of a function]
a vasodilator [causing dilation of blood vessels] and stimulant to the intestinal and uterine muscles) in
the endometrium (the mucous membrane that lines the cavity of the uterus) during the luteal and menstrual
phases of the cycle. This results in hypercontractility of uterine muscle during a painful and difficult

Hormone Balance from Nature

Dong Quai

Adjusts the neuro-hormonal regulation of female reproductive system. Normalizes menstruation. Relieves painful
menses (dysmenorrhea) and other systemic conditions during menstrual cycle, including PMS and menopausal
symptoms. Prevents and treats inflammation of female reproductive system.

Wild Yam Root

Improves blood circulation, relieves amenorrhea (failure to menstruate) and edema (fluid retention), normalizes
menstruation and improves digestion and metabolism.


Adaptogenic herb, adjusts and maintains the proper excitability and stability of the brain. Assists in relieving
PMS discomfort. Induces synthesis of SOD (Superoxide Dismutase), the body’s most important antioxidant for
combating free radical damage. Strengthens heart contractility and metabolism. Enhances immunity and resistance
to diseases and adaptability to physical and mental stress.

Dan Shen Root

Another adaptogenic herb for combating free radicals. Improves micro-circulation of internal organs, thus
assists in relieving PMS discomfort. Inhibits blood coagulation, therefore beneficial to coronary heart disease
and cerebral thrombosis.

Help with Water Retention

Question for Dr. Leia: I need relief from water retention due to hormonal imbalance after a hysterectomy. I would like to know a natural remedy that may help relieve the swelling and water retention I am now experiencing after having a total hysterectomy to help me feel better.

Dr. Leia’s Answer: For water retention you could try one of the diuretic herbs including parsley or corn silk singly or in combination with other other herbs found in your local health food store. For inflammation and to speed the healing process, there is a wonderful anti-inflammatory product by New Chapter called Zyflamend . Of course, you should also consult with your attending doctor before taking any products just to be sure that there are no contra-indications.