Coriander Seeds Decoction for a Heavy Menstrual Flow

Today is day 2 of my period. I have an excessive bleeding that caused lower back pain (7/10), lower abdomen pain (4-5/10), and right leg pain(3-4/10). I can describe the lower back pain as being hit with a baseball bat over and over again. It felt like my lower back was going to break. I took ibuprofen in the morning, but after one hour it didn’t relieve the pain at all. I cried 😭😭😭

I texted my doctor to update my symptoms today. She called me, told me to take some of my Ayurvedic medicines and also to make decoction from coriander seeds and a cup of water. What I need was

1 tbsp of coriander seeds (I use coriander seed powder) + 1 cup of water

Boil it with medium heat until only half cup left, for about 8-10 minutes. Drink whilst it warms.

The question is why coriander seeds?

Coriander seeds contain natural stimulants that stimulate your endocrine glands to secrete and maintain proper hormone balance, which ensures that the associated pain with the cycle is reduced, and excess flow is alleviated 


This source also mentioned a different way to make a coriander seeds decoction:

What You Need

6 g coriander seeds

1 teaspoon of sugar

1 liter water

What You Have To Do

Boil 6 grams of coriander seeds in half a liter of water.

Add a teaspoon of sugar when the water has been reduced to half.

Drink the mixture while it is still warm.

How Often Should You Use It

This mixture should be consumed thrice a day daily.

I didn’t use sugar or honey at all in my decoction, it tasted so awful. I almost puke 🀒 So, my advice is to add a little bit of honey to kill the odd taste.

Here are more information about the health benefits of coriander seeds and it leaves (cilantro)

One tablespoon of coriander (Coriandrum sativum) seeds contains about: (9, 10)

15 calories

2.8 grams carbohydrates

0.6 gram protein

0.9 gram fat

2.1 grams fiber

0.8 milligram iron (4.6 percent DV)

16 milligrams magnesium (4 percent DV)

35 milligrams calcium (3.5 percent DV)

20 milligrams phosphorus (2 percent DV)

1 milligram vitamin C (1.7 percent DV)

Coriander’s volatile oil is also rich in beneficial phytonutrients like carvone, geraniol, limonene, borneol, camphor, elemol and linalool. It also has flavonoids, including quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin and apigenin, as well as active phenolic acid compounds, including caffeic and chlorogenic acid.


After about an hour my lower back pain has lessen to 3-4/10, lower abdomen pain has down to 2-3/10, and the leg pain has gone. The bleeding has been less heavy. So it works, yay! 😍


It’s Day 16 of my cycle. I just started my Ramadan fasting today. I tried on day 9, but I was in pain so I broke it. I decided to wait until I feel fit and that day is today. I have 8 days before my next cycle so I think that will be how many days I could fast this year. 

It breaks my heart πŸ’” but I have to accept the reality and respect my body. I will be very grateful if I could make it for the next 8 days. 

I have started to do yoga yesterday. The goal is to do it everyday just like before. My body has accumulated more fat on my belly, I will try my best to get rid of it and be healthier!

Yoga day 2: done!

Fasting update:

I made it until iftar. The first day was quite easy. I barely feel hungry, just my mouth felt dry.

Tomorrow will be more challenging, I will need to continue cleaning the new apartment. Ganbarimasu!

ο»ΏCleaning Day

On the way to my new apartment

– May Cycle Day 11 –

Yesterday I went to my apartment to clean it. I was shocked that it was so dirty. The previous tenant just left the apartment a couple days ago but the condition of the apartment seemed like it has never been cleaned for years. Seriously, there were spider web, the dust were very thick and it was everywhere. The previous tenant was a smoker, there were cigarettes butts everywhere. The bathroom condition were also terrible. The kitchen also very dirty. It’s so gross! How could a human being live in that kind of situation? 🀒 I’ve rent 3 different apartments while I live in China, and this is the worst cleaning project I’ve ever encountered. 😀

I took ibuprofen in the morning to make sure I can do physical work, and it worked. I did the first dusting, it took me hours. I even forgot to have lunch.

Today me and my husband will go there to do secondary cleaning. Mostly will be dusting and wiping windows and furniture. I’m ordering electric floor scrubs to clean the bathroom and the kitchen, so I’ll need to wait until it has arrived. We will also need to install shower curtain and water blocker. The current bathroom doesn’t have it. So when you take shower everything will be wet! I know some houses in China are like that. My first apartment in China had that kind of wet bathroom and it sucked! 

We decided to move out because the current apartment is a studio apartment, a bit too small for us. We have so many junks! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† The second reason is because we live in a very busy building, going up and down the elevators could be a very frustrating experience. Especially when many Chinese people don’t know how to queue! The third reason is the bathroom. I don’t know how the builder did the piping, but every evening there would be a stinky smell comes out of the sink and the drain holes. It smells like poo! 🀒🀒🀒 Those are more than enough reason to move out of this place.

Our new apartment building is older than our current. It’s difficult to get 2 bedrooms apartment in a new building at downtown Nanjing, at least not in our budget ranges πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†. We are lucky to get this one. We just need to clean it and makes it our new home. The previous tenant made sure we have to work hard for it. Dang gross woman!

No pictures of the new apartment will be uploaded today, not when it looks super dirty! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

Pain checker:

I had rectum and lower back pain this morning (2/10). I had taken 1 ibuprofen to relieve it.


We didn’t go to the new apartment. We will go tomorrow, maybe 😜

New MedicineΒ 

I love the medicine colors! It makes me forget that I take that because I have a chronic pain! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

– May Cycle Day 10 –

After what happened yesterday, I decided to postpone my fast until my painful period has passed. I should respect my body and try again in a couple days or maybe tomorrow 😁

My Ayurvedic medicine has arrived yesterday evening. My doctor prescribed a slightly different medicine this time. She gave me special medicine that should be taken when I’m bleeding. I checked on the ingredients, it’s prescribed to boost hemoglobin and red blood cells production and anti inflammatory. I’ll talk more about the details of my medicine in different post.

Me and my husband moving to a new apartment soon. I have to check the new apartment today. I need to install a shower curtain, that’s why I need to measure the bathroom to make sure I get the right size. I also need to start to clean the apartment tomorrow πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜–

I hope my uterus be kind to me today πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

Pain… pain… go away… comes again some other day!

Ramadan Fasting : First Day

– May Cycle Day 9 –

Today is the 6th day of Ramadan, but for me it will be my first day of fasting. Muslim women are allowed not to fast when they are having their menses, sick, pregnant, or nursing. These last 6 days I was in the first two categories, menstruated and sick.

Last year I only fast for about a week. A short cycle and prolonged pain pushed me to surrender to Adenomyosis. It saddens me. I used to fast almost the whole month (minuses the periods). There’s happiness when I fast more days, it felt like the victory was mine!

To do Ramadan fasting you need to mention your intention to fast the night before. I think the purpose is to tell your body to get ready to fast the next day. I did that last night. 

I woke up at 2:45 am to do sehar (sahur in Indonesian). Sehar is early breakfast before you start to fast. I ate rice and lentils dish, took my supplements (turmeric, cod liver oil, multi vitamins, and folic acid), and drank plenty of waters. It’s always not easy to eat that early in the morning (I was super sleepy!), especially the first few days, but your body will get used to it overtime.

Today’s fasting started at 3:30am and it will end at 7:11pm. It’s pretty easy. I have had fast until 8:30pm few years ago. It was summer time and I lived in the northern part of China, perfect! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† I have never been bothered by the hunger, my main problem is the thirst. Especially in the summer. It’s just so hard…

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I had lower back pain and random rectum pain last night. It stayed until bed time. This morning when I woke up for sehar, I still feel slight pain on my lower back (1/10) but I can ignore that. This morning when I woke up at 6:45am the 1/10 lower back pain still there. I just hope my body could be strong today and my Adenomyosis won’t flare that bad.

I went number 2 around 7am. I was nervous, usually the pain escalates after number 2 (especially rectum pain). Surprisingly the pain stayed on level 1/10😱😱😱 I felt relieved 😌 My body, please be kind to me today πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ


I don’t remember that I have mentioned this, around 2009 I had a weird hard boney like bump grew on my palm. I went to a GP and she told me to go to a bone specialist doctor to had it checked, she said I might need a surgery.  Based on my palm’s X-rays result, the hard bump came out from my bone. It was the early Ramadan, I decided to see the bone specialist doctor after Eid Fitr (I was scared, I just had a breast lump removal surgery early that year), so about 3-4 weeks later. I fasted the whole month and I was busy with my work, I forgot about the hard bump.

After Eid Fitr I came back to work, that’s when I remember that I need to go to the bone specialist to check my palm. That’s when I realized that the bump has gone. I went to my GP and she was surprised too. I was pretty sure that fasting helped my body repair itself, I have read about it before but I have never experienced or realized it until then.

Last year, my Ayurvedic doctor sent me an article about how fasting helped with our body self repair, that’s why I tried to do water fasting a couple times a week. Here’s the article that my doctor sent:

I tried weekly water fasting for about 3 weeks, but then  I stopped because I freaked out, I lost my weight and it didn’t come back. FYI, I’m underweight, losing weight always freaks me out. 

I know that my Adenomyosis progressing faster, I just can feel it. My stomach grew bigger than a couple months ago. I have to do something. It stressed me out and I know stress is a bad thing for my health. 

Ramadan is here, I think it’s a good momentum to restart my fasting project. I really hope that my body is strong enough to fix my uterus problem. I also need to eat better and exercise regularly. It feels hard to do… I have failed several times with my endo diet. But I’m not giving up yet!

It’s 9am, I need to start my daily activities. I’ll give you updates later. Ciao! 😘


1:08pm – I just broke my fast and took 1 Ibuprofen. I have been in pain since 11am after I went number 2 for the second time. The pain has gone from 1/10 to 4/10, I knew that it will going to be worse if I kept toughen up and continued fasting. 

Adenomyosis beat me today 😞