Definition: Amenorrhea: menstrual obstruction resulting in the absence, delay, retardation, or suppression of menstruation. [SNH p.275]
Menorrhagia: profuse menstruation or menorrhagia, resulting from too frequent or too excessive menstrual flow, or continuing longer than normal, with accompanying symptoms of lumbar pains, bearing down in the abdomen, possible nervous irritation, constipation frequently, etc. [SNH p.275]
Dysmenorrhea: Painful menstruation or dysmenorrhea, a condition of weakness in the generative organs from colds and general body weakness, with accompanying severe pains at the time of menstruation in the abdomen, loins and back. [SNH p.275] Herbal Aids: Painful Menstruation: Use a decoction of Jerusalem Oak. [SNH p.116]
Excessive Menstruation: See formula using raspberry leaves, prickly ash, blue cohosh, wild yam and cinnamon. [SNH p.145]
Menstruation (decreases or regulates flow): Use the diluted decoction of bistort as a douche. [SNH p.162]
Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation): See formula using squaw vine, red raspberry, uva ursi, golden seal and white poplar. [SNH p.279]
Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation): See formula using squaw vine, red raspberry, rue, white pond lily, black cohosh, uva ursi, ginger root, camomile and spearmint. [SNH p.280]
Amenorrhea (suppressed menstruation): See formula using pennyroyal, motherwort, blue cohosh, life root and thyme. [SNH p.285]
Note of caution: Rue is a potent healer, but in large doses it has powerful ecbolic and abortifacient action that can be most detrimental to the health and life of the user (producing inflammation and nerve derangement), so care must be taken to use the appropriate and indicated dosage. If there is any doubt as to whether or not the delay in menstruation might be conception, avoid rue and use another safe emmenagogue. Never use rue during pregnancy. [SNH p.295]
SYRUP OF MOTHERWORT : (delayed menstruation): See formula using motherwort, distilled water and sugar. [SNH p.299]
Amenorrhea (suppressed menstruation), Female Weakness: See formula using motherwort, camomile, blue cohosh, golden seal and ginger root. [SNH p.300]
Dysmenorrhea (difficult or painful menstruation): When taken hot, Valerian will promote menstruation. [SNH p.377]
Dysmenorrhea (difficult or painful menstruation): See formula using cramp bark, squaw vine, white poplar, unicorn, beth root, blue cohosh, pennyroyal, sacred bark and allspice. [SNH p.394]
General Instructions for Painful Menstruation: If you happen to suffer from menstrual cramps, try some of the following. Catnip tea is a great pain reliever and general relaxant. Take it sweetened with honey, nice and hot. It can also bring on delayed menstruation. Another favorite for these uses is camomile tea. Sometimes, if you have enough camomile around for this purpose, you can make a very strong brew and add it to a hot bath for pain relief and relaxation. Basil, marjoram, and thyme--the common kitchen friends--make up into relaxing and pain-relieving teas. Hot ginger tea can bring on a delayed period and relieve cramps. [EWH p.2]
Foods for Irregular Menstruation: Beets, corn, lettuce, peas. [NL 4-12]
Ginger for Suppressed Menstruation: A hot cup of Ginger tea is said to be an excellent remedy for suppressed menstruation. It has an agreeable, warming feeling which is so grateful in this condition. Dr. Christopher used Ginger alone, with amazing results, in the treatment of menstrual cramps. It can also be used as a catalyst with black cohosh to bring the cramps to a timely end. [NL 7-3]
Female Reproductive: Dr. Christopher's Herbal Aid for Female Reproductive Organs: This is an amazing combination of herbs to aid in rebuilding a malfunctioning reproductive system (uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, etc.). Over the years herbalists and patients have seen painful menstruations, heavy flowing, cramps, irregularity, etc., that have been helped and the patient now has a painless menstrual period, good menstrual timing, and a new outlook on life by using these aids to readjust the malfunctioning areas. The female corrective formula consists of golden seal root, blessed thistle, cayenne, cramp bark, false unicorn root, ginger, red raspberry leaves, squaw vine, and uva ursi. Recommended dosage is one cup or 2 capsules morning and evening or three times a day if desired, six days a week for as long as required to get results desired. We have seen many severe cases who have had many years of suffering cleared up in ninety to 120 days. Some get relief sooner, some take longer--no two cases are alike. This is a food to rebuild the malfunctioning organs. [HHH p.190]
Teens: A girl approaching puberty should drink a cup (or more) of red raspberry leaf tea daily and the same of blessed thistle tea. These supply the estrogen materials her body will require. Continue to drink these throughout the teenage years. They taste pleasant, and you can sweeten them and cool them in the refrigerator for a healthy substitute for soft drinks. [EWH p.2] Testimonials: 1. Ten Dollars of Herbs Solves Ten Year Old Problem: One woman in American Fork, Utah, was having difficult periods. These had started in puberty, and she had spent the whole of her adult life traveling from coast to coast, averaging a cost of over $1,000 a year for ten years, paying medical doctors to tell her what was wrong. She suffered vicious menstrual cramps and extremely long periods. No one was able to help; she was very discouraged; but one of her neighbors said, "Why don't you go to the next town, to Orem, where a man called Dr. Christopher lives? He could give you some help."
When she arrived, Dr. Christopher read her eyes, noting that she did have problems with the reproductive organs. He told her to start on the female corrective formula [Female Reproductive] and the hormone and estrogen formula [Hormonal Changease] (which consists of black cohosh, sarsaparilla, ginseng, blessed thistle, licorice root, false unicorn root, and squaw vine). He promised her that if she would follow through, within 90 to 120 days she would get results. Within 120 days, she came back, saying that she was on a 28 day cycle, with no menstrual pains. She was delighted! Where she had spent over $10,000 traveling from doctor to doctor, it cost her approximately $10 for the herbs to cure her. [EWH p.15]
2. Twice Monthly Menstrual Cycle Made Normal: We had a young lady who had a great fear of marriage. She would have menstrual periods every two weeks or so and be in bed 6-7 days each time. She was weak, anemic, and could hardly sit up in bed. We simply used the Lower Bowel Tonic [Lower Bowel] to clean out the defilement in her bowels, then put her on the Cleansing Program, the Regenerative Diet and emmenagogue herbs, and within just six weeks she was feeling wonderful and looking beautiful. She gained weight, took on the glow of health, and was the happiest girl in the world. Not long after this, she got married and later entered motherhood normally with a bouncing baby. These herbs have great power in bringing order and strength to the generative system wherein there may be a fruition of life in both the mother (or father) and the prospective child (embryo). [SNH p.285]
Dr. Christopher's Program for Menstrual Irregularities
Recommendations: Female Reproductive; take 2-3 capsules during meals.
Female Reproductive extract; take 30 drops three times a day.
Hormonal Changease; take 2-3 capsules between meals.
Hormonal Changease extract; 5-30 drops as needed.
Anti-Spasmodic; 1/2 to one teaspoon to a glass of steam water mornings and nights.
Single Herbs: Black Cohosh Root, Cayenne, Blessed Thistle Leaves, Red Raspberry Leaves, Squaw Vine Herb, Dong Quai Root.
Diet: Follow Dr. John R. Christopher's "Mucusless Diet". See Also: Hormonal Changease: Dr. Christopher's Herbal Hormone Formula Lower Bowel: Dr. Christopher's Lower Bowel (Colon) Formula Female Reproductive: Dr. Christopher's Herbal Aid for Female Reproductive Organs Dr. John R. Christopher's "Mucusless Diet"