Guava Leaves And Menstruation: Facts And Myths

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In this article, you are going to learn the health relationship between guava leaves and menstruation according to proven research-backed studies.

The leaf of guava is one of the commonly used herbs locally to treat many abnormalities including menstrual cramps.

And it looks like the people enjoying the extract of guava leaves are getting what they want.

But, how reliable and safe is the use of guava leaves for menstruation. This is what we will be looking at in this article.

At glance: guava leaves were shown to be more effective than Ibuprofen in reducing pain associated with menstruation. it also helps improve blood flow and prevent clot menses.

Read on to discover detailed information on the health benefits of guava leaves for menstruation.

Guava Leaves Can Improve Clot Menses

Guava leaves were shown to help prevent clot menses. According to one study, guava leaf tea and its ferulic acid, Gallic acid, quercetin, and active polyphenols were shown to have an anticoagulant effect against methylglyoxal-induced loss of activity of antithrombin III.

This helps improve heart function and increase blood and oxygen supply to the uterine tissues, which in turn reduces clot menses.

But, is that always the case?

Don’t be surprised to also observe the stoppage of menstruation while using guava leaves tea.

Because the leaves contain a small number of steroids which is within the healthy limit.

However, excessive and frequent use of guava leaves tea or extract can accumulate steroids in the body and this may cause failure in the menstrual cycle to people who are allergic to steroid compounds.

Steroids are secondary metabolites in guava leaves which were shown to have an effect on the menstrual cycle (source 1 and source 2).

However, the above case is very uncommon and even at a high dosage of guava leaves extracts. Further study is needed to support the above claim.

Main points: guava leaf tea can be a good herb for preventing clot menses and the tea should be a drink at a low dose typically less than two cups or 5-6mg daily.

Related: Health Benefits Of Guava Leaves For Hormonal Imbalance

Guava Leaf Tea Improves Menstrual Pain

Guava leaves tea can help reduce menstrual cramps. Several studies made on humans and other animals showed that guava leaves tea or extract can be a good natural alternative for the management of menstrual cramps.

According to one study made on 197 women found that 6mg of guava leaves extract pill performed well in relieving pain associated with menstruation when compared with Ibuprofen.

Another study that is also made on rats revealed that the aqueous extract of guava leaves improved cramps associated with menstruation.

Related: Benefits of guava leaves for ovulation

Guava leaves tea in combination with green tea and other organosulphur herbs such as garlic and onion can help improve secondary menstrual cramps such as uterine fibroids.

Learn more about the health benefits of guava leaves for the management of fibroids

Main points: guava leaves tea can help reduce menstrual pain more than conventional pain-relieving drugs like Ibuprofen.

Improve Blood Flow to the Uterine Tissues

Guava leaves tea was also shown to control blood pressure and improve heart function. This in turn increases blood and oxygen supply to the body tissues including uterine tissues.

Increased blood and oxygen supply to the uterus on the other hand reduce uterine contraction and inflammation, and this helps reduce the pain that comes due to the contraction and inflammation of the uterus.

Related: find out the facts and myths about using guava leaf tea during pregnancy

Main points: guava leaves can increase blood flow to the uterine tissues and prevent or control the contraction and inflammation of the uterus.

Related: Learn how to prepare guava leaf tea from our detailed guide to preparing guava leaf tea 

Conclusion

The role of guava leaves tea for the control of menstruation was discussed in this article while highlighting relevant in vivo in vitro case studies made on both animals and humans. We will like to hear from you with your view and questions. So, do write to us in the comments section below.

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Bolch OH Jr, Warren JC. Induction of premature menstruation with anabolic steroids. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1973;117(1):121‐125. doi:10.1016/0002-9378(73)90738-2

Jaiarj, P & Wongkrajang, Yuvadee & Thongpraditchote, Suchitra & Peungvicha, Penchom & Bunyapraphatsara, N & Opartkiattikul, N. (2000). Guava leaf extract and topical hemostasis. Phytotherapy research: PTR. 14. 388-91. 10.1002/1099-1573(200008)14:53.0.CO;2-K.