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Herbs to Regulate Your Menstrual Cycle

By Angie Briggs ; Updated August 14, 2017

Some women start their menstrual cycle and it stops abruptly, or their period may never even start. Irregular menstrual cycles can be caused by numerous factors, which should be ruled out by a doctor before you try a home remedy. Homeopathic medicine is an alternative treatment route for those who prefer a more natural therapy. These treatments are not regulated by the FDA, and must be discussed with your physician before trying them. Never self-treat if you are being treated for an existing medical condition or are on medication.

Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is a member of the buttercup family, and is native to North America. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that black cohosh has been used to treat menstrual irregularities. Black cohosh can be found in teas, capsules, pills or tinctures. Ask a medical professional before taking black cohosh if you suffer from liver disease or start to develop liver symptoms such as abdominal pain, dark urine or jaundice.

Blue Cohosh

Blue cohosh is a flower that is native to North America, primarily used in native American medicine to treat women's health issues. Blue cohosh is an emmenagogue, which is an agent that stimulates menstrual flow. Blue cohosh is often found as a tincture or used as a whole herb. High doses of blue cohosh can cause nausea, headache and high blood pressure. Consult a medical professional about using blue cohosh during pregnancy.


Motherwort is a plant that is native to central Eurasia. It was used in European folk medicine as well as Chinese herbal medicine to regulate the menstrual cycle. Volatile oil and alkaloids are thought to be active components. Motherwort can be prepared as a tea, cut as an herb or taken as a tincture. Side effects can include diarrhea, uterine bleeding or stomach irritation. Motherwort should not be taken during pregnancy.


Yarrow is a flowering plant native to Europe, North American and Asia. The flower top is used to treat conditions of the female reproductive tract, among other diseases. There have been no human clinical studies to prove the efficacy of yarrow in treating irregular menstrual cycles. Yarrow can be found as juice, tea or a tincture. Some people who take yarrow can develop an allergy or rash. Yarrow can also cause sunlight sensitivity. Yarrow should not be taken during pregnancy.


Vitex is a plant native to the Mediterranean and central Asia. The dried fruit from the vitex plant can be used to treat amenorrhea. The 2013 issue of "Pharmacognosy Reviews" confirms that vitex lowers mildly elevated prolactin levels in women. Vitex is generally found in capsule form. Side effects can include minor stomach upset and mild skin rash with itching. Vitex should not be taken during pregnancy.

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