Excessive or heavy menstrual bleeding is medically called as menorrhagia. It is defined as abnormally heavy or prolonged uterine bleeding with clots. The common symptoms may include periods for more than seven days, excessive bleeding continues, menstrual flow with large blood clots, continuous cramps in the lower abdomen, shortness of breath, anemia, lack of strength, nausea, fatigue, mood swings (1), headache and extreme weakness. Here is a simple herbal remedy to treat heavy menstrual bleeding.
Take 3 hibiscus flowers, separate the petals and saute it in ghee. Consume these petals to stop heavy menstrual bleeding and to cool down the body.
How does hibiscus flower treat heavy menstrual bleeding?
In Ayurveda, hibiscus flower and leaves have been used to regulate the menstrual cycle and the problems related to menstrual cycle in women. Hibiscus are the best choice to stop bleeding as it has styptics/hemostatics (2) naturally. Styptic is a type of antihemorrhagic agent that works to stop bleeding by contracting tissues.
Hibiscus names in other languages
Hibiscus is called Gudahala, Gudhal, Japa in Hindi, Jasus in Gujarati, Jaba in Bengali, Dasavala in Kannada, Shembaruthi in Tamil, Dasanamu in Telugu, Chembarathi in Malayalam and Jasvand in Marathi.
Health benefits of hibiscus flower
Hibiscus flowers have been used in Ayurveda since ancient times to cure many illnesses. Here are some of the most important health benefits of hibiscus flower (3).
Hibiscus flower contains protocatechuic acid which has antioxidant and anti-tumor properties in it. Consuming hibiscus tea acts as a natural preventive measure against cancer. Study also proved that hibiscus flower can slow down the growth of cancerous cells (4) by encouraging apoptosis, generally known as programmed cell death.
Relieves menstrual cramps
Calms hot flashes
Hibiscus flowers are highly beneficial for women who are going through the tough hormonal period of menopause. It calms and soothes the hot flashes during menopause times. Consuming hibiscus tea relaxes the annoying side effects of menopause (7) and balance hormonal levels.
Lowers high blood pressure
Hibiscus plant is becoming a popular herbal remedy to treat high blood pressure. A research done at Tufts University in Boston states that the anti-inflammatory properties present in hibiscus petals help reduce blood pressure by up to 10 points. Consume 3 cups of hibiscus flower tea every day for a few weeks to see drastic improvements.
The antioxidants presence in hibiscus helps protect body from diseases, because it deactivates the free radicals present in body tissues and cells. So, drinking hibiscus tea could increase the lifespan of a person by maintaining good overall health.
Hibiscus tea is good to improve digestion, as it increases both urination and bowel movements. It has diuretic properties, since it is also beneficial in treating constipation (8) and other problems related to digestion process.
Consuming carbohydrate rich foods may deliver too much sugar and starch, that leads to gain weight. Hibiscus flower extract lowers the absorption of starch and sugar by inhibiting the production of amylase – an enzyme. So drinking hibiscus tea on regular basis may prevent that absorption from occurring.
Hibiscus benefits for hair
Improves hair growth
The nutrients such as vitamin C, minerals and polyphenol compounds in the flowers and leaves cures hair ailments such as hair fall, dandruff, head lice problems and graying of hair. Grind hibiscus flowers and make paste. Boil the paste in coconut oil and make hibiscus hair oil, store in a container. Apply this oil on scalp and hair daily to improve hair growth.
Treats head lice and dandruff
Take 10 to 15 hibiscus leaves and flowers, grind and make paste. Apply this paste regularly on scalp and hair every day. Daily usage of hibiscus on hair gives permanent relief from lice and dandruff (9). This will result in strong and thick hair.
Side effects of hibiscus flower
- Although hibiscus flower is so good for health, there are some possible side effects that one should be aware of. Here are some important points to make note of it.
- Hibiscus flower should not be consumed by pregnant and breastfeeding (10) women.
- Women who are in fertility treatments, must avoid taking hibiscus flower, as this may trigger menstruation and result in miscarriage.
- If you are taking up any hormonal treatment, avoid eating hibiscus flowers and its supplements.
- It is not recommended for the people who already have lower blood pressure, since it may cause dizziness, faintness and further it may damage brain or heart.
- Hibiscus flower is not recommended for person who are taking birth control pills.