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Red Raspberry for PMS even with Fibroids
With fibroid surgery, you'd think that I'd be free of heavy menstrual pains and uncomfortable cycles. I was hoping :-). Things however have just changed - my PMS doesn't feel the same, but itís unfortunately equally uncomfortable. However, I'm believing that this will change. I have to remember that it's only 5 months shy of surgery so I realize the importance of giving my body time to balance out. Iím sure it will :-).
There are things though that I can do to encourage the balancing and that's what this post is mostly about. Relying on my herbs and essential oils instead of that "too easy to pop" 800 mg Ibuprofen is the way I'm going!
The first remedy I'm going to tell you guys about works wonderfully for relieving PMS and menstrual cycle symptoms. It also has other great therapeutic effects on the body, as do most natural remedies.
Red Raspberry Ė Red raspberry has long been one of my favorite herbs. It grows wild but is also cultivated as a crop throughout the world. It's been used since at least the 1500s to treat all types of illnesses and afflictions. The fruit is typically used for food and medicinal purposes. The leaves, which are our focus today, are used mainly for medicinal purposes.
For PMS and menstrual cycle pains, red raspberry leaves act as a powerful muscle tonic to the uterus and also can reduce inflammation and therefore cycle pain. Red Raspberry is considered a powerful tonic for the entire reproductive system, most likely owning to its wide range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals including antioxidants. All of these help red raspberry act as an anti-emetic, muscle relaxer, and more.
Red Raspberry is very safe and it's often recommended to take 3 cups a day over several months. Generally you'll begin to experience an easing of PMS and menstrual symptoms about a month after starting the tea. This is why it's a great to start right after a cycle. Youíll be prepping to have a much gentler cycle symptom-wise the next month.
Red Raspberry is high in phytoestrogens, plant constituents that mimic the behavior of estrogen. I was initially a little worried that Red Raspberry and other plant estrogen containing substances would contribute to my fibroids reappearing. However, after a bit of research, I found that the phytoestrogens will actually work in favor of keeping fibroids from reoccurring.
The reason for this is that phytoestrogens take the place of estrogen at the estrogen receptors but since they are weaker, don't stimulate the estrogen receptors like estrogen would. Therefore incorporating certain phytoestrogens, like soy, for instance into your diet, can actually help protect again fibroid growth and reappearance.
That was so relieving, trust me :-).
The next time around for this article, I'll talk about another remedy I really like. If you don't to miss it, make sure you subscribe to the newsletter! In the meantime, go make yourself some tea!
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