In this article, I want to focus on heavy menstrual bleeding, particularly that which can happen during perimenopause but equally relevant to heavy menstrual bleeding before that.
From my clients, I’ve observed something that women often feel like they get blindsided at menopause. They don’t know the symptoms to expect, the disruption the symptoms can cause to their lives, and how long the full transition can take. I’ll offer you a simple home remedy to stabilize heavy, flooding periods that the majority of women can expect during the perimenopause phase of their menopause years.
Why heavy menstrual bleeding can happen
Whenever there is a ratio that estrogen is significantly higher than progesterone, like in perimenopause, there can be a tendency for heavy menstrual bleeding. Progesterone levels start dropping around age 35, which is natural but can be dramatically is hastened by stress, so many women arrive at menopause with a greatly reduced ratio of progesterone relative to estrogen. Also contributing to peri-menopause is less consistency of ovulation. Particularly when the phase after ovulation becomes shortened, less progesterone is produced by the ovaries.
Pomegranate rind as a remedy for heavy peri-menopausal bleeding
Just by opening a pomegranate and seeing all those bright red gems inside, you get a serious boost of prana. It is an amazing fruit that is useful in so many types of home remedies, from diarrhea and IBS to high blood pressure. It happens to be pretty amazing to help with heavy unpredictable menstrual bleeding, too!
- Clean the outside well.
- Open the pomegranate – let the fun begin! Everyone likes opening the fruit in a different way!
- Eat the fruit.
- Set aside the outside peel, and place it in a well-ventilated windowsill where it will dry.
- Once dried, chop into pieces and place in a grinder to make a fine powder.
- Take ½ tsp 3xdaily.
What you need to know about YOURSELF to use this herb Ayurvedically
- Your vikruti – current state of Vata, Pitta, Kapha
- Which of the 20 qualities are out of balance
- That you don’t have any contraindications: constipation, scanty bleeding. If you are taking heart medication including ACE inhibitors, anti-hypertensives, blood thinners, seek guidance from the appropriate health provider.
- Ditto with other medications, since pomegranate may decrease how quickly some medicines are broken down by the body
What you need to know about Pomegranate to use it Ayurvedically:
- Qualities: light, oily
- Taste: sweet, sour, astringent
- Virya: neutral effect on metabolism
- Vipak: after the plant is digested
- Dosha: reduces Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, except if a pomegranate is sour it will mildly increase Pitta. The pomegranate typically available in northern Europe is sweet-sour.
- Dhatu: Rasa dhatu (indicated for fever)
Specialty Areas of Action
Heavy menstrual bleeding – The astringency of the pomegranate is what I want to draw your attention to because that is the main reason it is useful in heavy perimenopausal bleeding. Because the endometrial lining is a by-product of rasa dhatu, and pomegranate has an affinity to rasa dhatu, that means we have a great remedy that will have a fairly direct effect.
Heart – One of the first indications for (sweet) Pomegranate is for fever, excessive thirst, and burning sensation and inflammation which indicates its lightness to digest and affinity to rasa dhatu. The more sour the fruit, the more effective it can be for conditions besides fever that ama strongly contributes to, like digestive problems and rheumatism. The sweeter variety of pomegranate has an affinity to the heart.
Digestive system – It is extremely light to digest, which added to its astringent quality make it useful for IBS according to the classic texts where pomegranate ghee is recommended (yum!), and anytime we see a strong astringency in a plant we can consider it for diarrhea, and pomegranate is a great remedy for that. The lightness to digest helps increase the agni.