The alchemila, scientific name alchimilla vulgaris, It is a phanerogam plant that belongs to the Rosaceae family. It has a size between 10 and 40 centimeters, with a woody rhizome, an erect stem with branches, in which rounded leaves and small yellowish-green flowers can be seen.
Although it is native to Europe, its cultivation extends to some regions of Asia and North America. It is also called “lion’s foot” and is known in natural medicine for its potential to treat ailments associated with women’s health. In particular it is used against the symptoms of menstruation and menopause.
In his opinion project iNaturalist, From California Academy of Sciences AND National Geographic Society, Useful in case of dysmenorrhea and leucorrhoea. Also, it has astringent qualities. Would you like to know more? We tell you what science says about its applications in menstrual health.
Alquemila: can it calm the symptoms of menstruation?
Traditionally, alchemila has been used as a supplement to improve the reproductive and hormonal health of women. As collected by A research shared in scientific journal CSR progresshas a history as an adjuvant in conditions such as the following:
- Menstrual problems and impaired menstrual cycle.
- Alteration of reproductive and thyroid hormones.
However, this does not mean that there is complete certainty of such benefits. It must be taken into account that studies are still ongoing and there is not enough clinical evidence to demonstrate its effectiveness.
What does the research say?
First of all, it should be noted that Studies have been able to confirm the abundant content of phenolic compounds in alchemila. A phytochemical analysis and examination in vitro of the plant – disclosed in South African Journal of Botany— reported that methanolic extracts of aerial parts and roots of alchimilla vulgaris they concentrate gallic and ellagic tannins.
These substances, in particular, give it antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, potentially capable of promoting the relief of some ailments and diseases. As for menstruation, the the evidence suggests which has the potential to calm dysmenorrhea (period pain).
In particular, the hypothesis indicates that it helps regulate the production of prostaglandins, the increase of which is associated with the inflammation and pain that occurs in the period. In any case, the researchers emphasize the need for further study. in vitro and in humans to corroborate these properties.
Now, popular literature mentions it the plant’s astringent properties are useful for controlling heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia). A disclosure in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association includes this plant in the list of beneficial supplements against this condition.
Despite this, no specific studies have been conducted to evaluate this use. More scientific evidence is needed to qualify its effectiveness when applied for this purpose.
For other uses, too, the evidence is insufficient.
Given its abundant flavonoid and tannin content, alchemila is linked to other health benefits. However, scientific evidence is insufficient. This covers the following:
- healing of wounds.
- stomach ailments.
- Muscle spasms.
- Skin conditions such as ulcers, eczema and rashes.
Contraindications and possible interactions of alchemila
Alchemyl supplements are possibly safe for most healthy adults. Of course, you must follow the manufacturer’s consumption recommendations. Exceeding the recommended dosage can lead to a liver damage situation.
Also, due to lack of evidence, its use is not recommended in the following cases:
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Patients with kidney or liver disease.
It is possible for the plant to result in interactions when taken at the same time as certain medications. Its rich tannin content can reduce the effectiveness of drugs taken orally.
In case of medical treatment, it is necessary to consult the specialist before ingesting the supplements. It is not recommended to take it in combination with diabetes and blood pressure medications.
How do you prepare an alchemila infusion?
In health food stores you can buy alchemyla supplements in different presentations, such as tea bags, tablets and tinctures for external use. Each has its own recommendations, set by the manufacturer.
One of the most common forms of use is by infusion. To do this, take a tea bag or use 1 tablespoon (15 grams) of the dried plant. Just put the herb in hot water and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then filter and consume.
So, does alchemila help against menstrual symptoms?
The phenolic compounds contained in alchemyl have been associated with positive effects on women’s hormonal and reproductive health. Although the evidence is insufficient, it is said to act as an anti-inflammatory, astringent and antispasmodic. Therefore, it can help calm dysmenorrhea.
It may help with menorrhagia, but there’s no conclusive evidence. In any case, it must be kept in mind that it should not be a first-line treatment. If there are changes in the menstrual period that do not improve, it is best to consult a gynecologist.
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