Herbs for Women's Health

Some herbs can be beneficial to women's health, although their effectiveness is often not proved. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not regulate the production of herbal products so there is no guarantee of their quality or even that the active ingredients stated on the label are actually in the product. Care should be taken and professional advice sought before taking any herbs for a particular complaint or if prescribed medicines are also being taken.

Red Raspberry Leaf

This herb is high in iron and is considered to be safe and beneficial to women's health during pregnancy. It can ease morning sickness, help milk production, improve the tone of the uterus and reduce labor pains. It is commonly available as a tea. Health care specialists recommend using it only during the second and third trimesters.

Dandelion

Dandelion is one of the herbs commonly found in herbal teas and can be effective in reducing the levels of discomfort in pre-menstrual syndrome as it helps to clean the bloodstream and improve liver function. It can also act as a diuretic, thereby reducing fluid retention, and because of the high levels of fiber can reduce constipation by detoxifying the large intestine.

St. John's Wort

Depression affects many women's health, and St.John's Wort has been shown in tests to be effective in improving the state of well-being. Short-term tests have been carried out (over a 3-month period) that suggests that St. John's Wort can be just as effective as many prescribed depression drugs.

Bitter Orange

For many women, weight loss is a major health concern. Bitter orange, which comes from trees native to Asia and Africa but also grow in Florida and California, is a common ingredient in many weight-loss supplements. In concentrated extracts, it has replaced the banned Ephedra due to health concerns. Bitter orange has a stimulant effect and may increase the heart rate and blood pressure.