Absent menstruation is called amenorrhea. Over the years most women are likely to skip a period or two now and again, especially during times of stress. The holidays, special occasions, deadlines, changes in relationships, grieving, and traveling.
Absent or lack of periods can also occur when there has been a dramatic reduction in body weight. Even when exercising or attempting a vegetarian diet, weight and body mass index needs be to fully maintained in order for the menstrual cycle to continue as is normal. This means that at least 17-22 per cent of body fat needs to be maintained for normal periods to remain stable. If body weight for some reason is greatly reduced then it will need to be fully re-gained in order for periods to recommence.
Natural treatments should always look for the reason behind the condition and
if possible treat this area first.
However for anyone struggling with anorexia it is very important to take extra Minerals as well as extra Vitamins so as to allow the body to maintain or regain normal functioning. Colloidal Minerals are great as they are easy to take and have wonderful absorption.
See page on ‘Minerals – facts’ and ‘Minerals – why we need to supplement’.
Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy functioning of the nervous system so is
often very useful. It is best taken on an empty stomach to ensure adequate
absorption. See page on ‘Vitamin B12’.
Herbals can also help regain normal body functions. The action of herbs such
as Nettle, Withania and Vervain are restorative and relaxing and therefore I often reccommend this type of herbal to support the nervous system. Other herbs such as Ginger, Gotu kola and Gentian are useful to help stimulate the appetite.
It is important if you are attempting to eat a vegetarian diet to make sure you
are obtaining sufficient complete proteins as well as essential fatty acids.
Complete proteins are those such as fish, chicken and eggs. If you are not consuming these types of food, then you need to make sure that the foods you do eat (many grains contain only partial proteins), are combined in such a way as to provide a complete protein at each meal.
Also, make sure that you include cold-pressed oils in your diet. It is
especially important to supplement regularly with vitamin B12 as this vitamin is
often at low levels in many people but especially so in vegetarians.